PM: Poverty not behind crime surge

CASTRIES, St. Lucia Jan 16 – Prime Minister Allen Chastanent says he refuses to believe that poverty is behind the upsurge in criminal activities in St. Lucia and urged citizens, particularly parents, to re-think their priorities.

“I refuse to accept that poverty is the cause for the kind of crime that we are seeing in St. Lucia today. Too many St. Lucians have been poor and have never resorted to this level of crime,” Chastanet said at a vigil and march for peace in the communities of Bois D’Inde and Jacmel, north east of here on Sunday.


The activities were held to mark the death of five people over a weekend earlier this month.

“There are clearly people who know who committed the crime and I know people are scared of coming forward. We will be creating some hotlines in which you can call up anonymously to be able to give information. You cannot have sympathy in your heart for a person that is willing to shoot somebody in cold blood.

“You must not have sympathy in your heart for people who believe killing is of no consequence because that is a crime against society that is setting a wrong example for the young people and I am pleading with all of you form neighbourhood watches, let the police know, be part of the solution not the part of the problem,” he said.

He told the gathering “in order to change things we must be able to change ourselves.

“The young men that have been committing these crimes we must pray for them because to kill somebody means that your soul has been corrupted.

“Any respectful human being could not just so easily and so heinously and so heartlessly kill somebody,” he added.

Chastanet said that it was important for the society to change and re-think its priorities.

“We are responsible for our own future…how is it we believe in our society that killing ourselves is okay, and so I am asking all St. Lucians to take a deep breath and reflect  on what is going on in your own house. How are you raising your children, how are you behaving in front of your children? What priorities are you making for your lives…?Is it more important to have the most modern phone? Is it the most important thing to have a nice pair of shoes or is it more important to spend time with our children?” He asked.

Chastanet said he had seen people doing an honest day’s work in order to make a living and to make sure also that their children get a good education and that his government, which came into office last February, is doing all that it can to improve the socio-economic environment for all citizens..

“We need something for our young people to do. We need to create after school activities. It cannot be after 2.30 (local time) the children have nothing to do. It cannot be that there’s no jobs in the south so that young people who grow up in a community in which everybody knows who they are, that they leave the community and now come to live in a ghetto where they are anonymous.

“My government will do everything that we can to restore family life values. We will do everything that we can to bring spirituality back to this country, but government cannot do it alone…we must say enough is enough,” Chastanet said, telling the gathering that change could only come when people are ready to do so.



  1. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    get to it and stop this nonsense. walks and prayers will not work without effective crime policies.

    1. Anonymous
      January 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      very well said.

  2. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Bring back the death penalty we want our st lucia back No Mercy for the criminals

  3. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    St lucian we need to Stand Together to flush with criminals up I could be your mums your dad your sister your brother don’t let this thing goes on forever we need to clean up our country we need to Stand Together walking streets and praying will not help us but the government of St Lucia need to stand Together with us to stop this nonsense

  4. The Crow
    January 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Before elections, this is all what y’all were harping on . . . “Crime was the result of no jobs, etc.” Now it is on the other foot, y’all singing another song.

    Before election it was Kenny this and Kenny that. So today it is Ti Chas fault and he needs to fix it.

  5. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    We believe that in our human capacity we can accomplish things without God. Remember that it’s God who gives us the wisdom to accomplish things. If we push God aside and think that we are gods then He will leave us in our predicaments.

    1. Anonymous
      January 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm


  6. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    My name is st Lucia i call on my children to be accounted for let us come together and stop the heartache stop the suffering stop the pain I call upon my children let’s clean up our country let’s be the one to be proud of where you live let’s stop The Killing I am st lucia and my heart is bleeding to see how our children becomes people that call yourself our leader please stop step in and keep our children safe I am st lucia and I’m fading away

  7. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Well said. The evil that hunts this nation at the moment is because St. Lucia is slowly becoming a Godless nation. Too many atheists. Put God out of the picture and evil will definitely take it’s toll. Without God we can accomplish nothing.

  8. Matthew Alexander
    January 16, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    The police is a very big part of the crime problem in SLU. They never respond promptly to reports by victims; they give all sorts of excuses for not acting promptly. When a victim has made multiple reports and the police does not act, what do you expect will happen? especially when the victim can take no more.

  9. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    You St. Lucia is fading away because of the Ungodly behavior of your children. Stop this behavior, humble yourselves before your creator and your land will be healed. Unless you do not do so, evil will consume your land.

  10. viewer
    January 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    What them call police for them cah stop the crime ghetto youth want money feh spend that’s why so much man a dead…never have nobody to stretch my hands too;never have no rich uncle to say thanks too…those who feel it know it,the minister eh no none about ghetto life;most of the youth eh know none but selling weed and dealing guns to survive,why the government don’t say every 2 weeks we will go to the ghetto and hear the cries of the people and try to allay their problems so they can live a little comfortable

  11. Good night St Lucia
    January 17, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Poverty is a major relationship to crimes and that is a factor, and parents will raise their children on a strictest order but children will make up their own minds. That being said the killing has to stop, the government has to provide jobs the its citizens because St lucians are hard working people,if the citizens has something constructive to occupy their time the crime rate will decline.We are egar to say God is coming God is coming but can you serve God on an empty stomach, without clothing on you back,I am a God fearing woman and I can say I am very blessed can everyone say that, the point I am trying to make it that you need to apply wisdom.let start by opening a food drive ,donate clothes you don’t use anymore,books ,toy what ever we can to help each other before we start judging,there are parents who cannot afford a loaf of bread and if we provide a helping hand I promise you that the actions will benefit our communities,more people will be in church crimes will decline because love can move mountains.if you show love to one person and that person show love to someone else there is a circle of love happiness,caring and together ness this is what God is about.going to church every day don’t make you better than a criminal because we are not being judged by who went to church the most.what did you do to make a difference,many act of kindness did you do, so stop sending people to church without the support they really need.As a Christian if I help someone in need by giving them a few garments from my closet,give the a bag of food and tell them about God ,my kindness is more likely to have that person believe that God cares and want to seek God and do the same for someone else.The government needs to stop filling their pockets and look out for the less fortunate that put the ass in power and that my two cents and yes Mr governor poverty is behind crime surges

  12. Anonymous
    January 17, 2017 at 7:13 am


  13. Sharon Terrell
    January 17, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Give a fool a yard he will want a mile later thanks to Kennyochio to know he had three terms back to back he and his duppies and let st.lucia get to a island of sin,But then the idiot is an atheist he don’t believe in God nust like the little termites comitting these crimes.Fifteen years and is poop.

  14. not stupid
    January 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    If I am hungry need money for my kids connot get a job and steal something, someone pays me to kill someone, i get killed in the prosess, what cause the crimes, there are so many reasons why poverty causes crime, why is it you dont hear youth killing eachother in the upper class communities, this prime minister (Words deleted) and don’t know what the heck about running a country or he just playiñg us as fools.

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