Peter Josie says Kenny Anthony must go

Peter Josie believes former Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, should leave the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

Josie, a former political leader of the SLP, has asserted that if the SLP is to go forward, Anthony must go.

Anthony stepped down as leader of the SLP after his party lost the June 6, 2016 elections.

He also indicated that he would not be leader of the parliamentary opposition, a position now held by Castries East MP, Philip J. Pierre.

Pierre is also SLP leader, with an open election for the post slated for the party’s convention later this year.

Peter Josie told the Times in an exclusive interview, that Doctor Kenny Anthony should do the honourable thing and also resign as MP for Vieux Fort South, a seat he retained by a relatively small margin in the polls as a sitting Prime Minister.

“I think he should say:’ listen guys I have done my best, within the next six months or certainly by year end I will bow out; in the meantime let us try to select someone to represent Vieux Fort because I have no wish to continue in politics’”, Josie said.

He expressed the view that Anthony had ruled over the SLP as if he were King, Emperor and God.

Peter Josie said as a result, he did not think the former Prime Minister will just sit back and allow  Philip J. Pierre to have a free hand in saying what ought to be done in the party.

Josie stated that the same would be true for Castries South MP, Doctor Ernest Hilaire, whom he noted Anthony was planning to groom as successor, had the SLP won the last elections.

“If that party has to go forward Doctor Anthony has to clear the way move out completely – leave the parliament, because he has been a total waste in the parliament and as MP for Vieux Fort South,” he told the Times.

Josie asserted that his concern was for democracy.

“We need two parties to really make the country go forward,” he told the Times.

He explained that he wanted the SLP to provide proper opposition to the current ruling United Workers Party (UWP).

Josie felt that in this way, the eyes of the people would be opened, democracy will be strengthened and the country will progress.

He observed that without democracy, Saint Lucia will go to the dogs.

“Doctor Anthony’s presence in the opposition benches in no capacity at all as a tail bencher trying to be the least among those elected, will not cut it,” Josie remarked.