PRESS RELEASE:- In a release today the Saint Lucia Labour Party is asking whether it is too much to ask Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and his United Workers Party to at the very least keep to their promises?
Since assuming office, not only has the United Workers Party refused to adhere to basic constitutional norms and conventions but in just three short months they have, additionally, broken campaign promise after campaign promise.
According to the SLP only recently, Prime Minister Chastanet had an about turn when he backtracked on his party’s campaign promise to rid the diplomatic corps of political appointments when he announced Party Chairman, Guy Mayers as his nominee to be Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to London.
Mr. Mayers’ nomination was even more galling when it is considered that he was the National Security Minister under whose watch twelve (12) civilians were allegedly the subject of police extra judicial killings which resulted in sanctions being imposed on Saint Lucia by the United States Government.
The SLP states that now Prime Minister Chastanet and his government have embarked on another excursion in deceit
. In a document entitled “Mamai Flambeau” and which was released immediately prior to the 2016 General Elections, the UWP promised as its second pledge, the “Reduction in vehicle licences by 50% will help those who have invested in a truck for transport to focus on the business and get back on the roads quickly and legally”.
Rather than keep to this simple campaign promise, the government in typical UWP style, has reneged with the transport minister stating that effective 1 September 2016, there will be a reduction of “50% of the increase.”
Whilst SLP Political Leader Hon. Philip J. Pierre has already exposed the ineffectiveness of the planned reduction, the Saint Lucia Labour Party nonetheless calls upon the UWP to show some decency by keeping to its word and reduce the fees by the promised 50%.