The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has accused Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of embarrassing this country, over statements he recently made about criminal deportees.
Chastanet’s comments were carried in an article published in the Nation of Barbados on July 11, 2016.
He asserted, among other things, that 800 criminal deportees were sent back to this country by the US in one year.
But the US Embassy in Barbados issued a statement yesterday pointing out that United States government statistics indicate that the total number of deportees returned to Saint Lucia in the last five years was less than 100.
In 2015, there were only eight such cases, the US Embassy statement said.
The statement also set Chastanet straight regarding claims that Washington was contributing to crime in the Caribbean by its policy of deporting criminals back to their country of origin.
SLP General Secretary, Leo Clarke, who has consistently labelled Chastanet as an individual who does not speak the truth, told the Times that the Prime Minister pays no attention to the accuracy of information be provides.
Clarke asserted that the Chastanet has a long history of that.
The SLP official expressed the hope that the situation changes for the benefit of this country.
He told the Times he hopes Chastanet would be more circumspect about the things that he says.
“If you were to have a situation where eight hundred deportees came to Saint Lucia in one year, the country would virtually be under siege,” Clarke declared.
He observed that Saint Lucia is a small country.
According to him, the population would feel the pressure of a phenomenon where eight hundred criminals are deported back home in one year.
“How could a person who has become our Prime Minister not be aware that he is not telling the truth?”
Clarke described Chastanet as the biggest witness of his inability to tell the truth.
“This is not good for the country,” the SLP General Secretary declared.
Clarke said of Chastanet:
“He has won the elections. The Labour party concedes that he has won, but for the benefit of our country he cannot continue to embarrass us that way -he must remember that he is now the Prime Minister.”