‘Ipa’ says vendors not stealing electricity

The President of the Vendors Association, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac has described as untrue, reports that members of the association are stealing electricity in the vendors arcade.

“What happened is that there were persons who had outlets and  they said that some of them could not have afforded to pay for the outlets after a period of time – the outlets were costing something like $30 per month, so they discontinued,” Isaac explained.

“What happened is that there were some people who came in there and they were doing repairing of wires because there was something that was causing fluctuations,” he said.

According to Isaac, because of the problem some sections of the vendors arcade were getting electricity while others were without power.

He told the Times that employees of the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) were among those conducting the repairs.

Isaac said that as a result of the work, some outlets that had been ‘blocked’ began to receive power again.

The Vendors Association President told the Times that some people who realised that power had returned to the outlets began charging their mobile telephones there.

“I don’t think that anybody ran any wire anywhere and tried to steal anything,”  Isaac declared.

He spoke after Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, on Monday sent a stern warning to vendors and tenants of the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) against tapping electricity illegally.

A CCC statement said the warning followed reports of illegal connections at the Vendors Arcade.

 The statement quoted Section 62 of the Electricity Supply Act  as stating that if any person without legal right, the proof of which shall be upon him or her, abstracts or causes to be abstracted, or diverts or causes to be diverted, any electricity, or consumes or uses any such electricity, knowing the same to have been wrongfully or unlawfully abstracted or diverted, such person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a period not exceeding 12 months.


  1. Sad-But-True
    February 28, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Lol, one of Evil Chastanet’s surrogate now on the defence. Lol.
    When Evil Chastanet done with you IPA, you will have no resting place in SLU

  2. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 9:50 am

    The denial of the practice is the wrong approach. In fact you are admitting that some of the vendors are using the current running through their disabled outlets. Better if you’d categorically stated that the association does not, will not, condone the practice. You must remember this practice is an illegal connection and consumption of electricity without payment.

  3. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

    SAD BUT TRUE. Soon your EVIL comments will catch up with you. Tanto tanto.

  4. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I dont understand some St Lucian ; people in the vendors arcade trying and and make a dollar for them self to pay their bills and send their kids to school; and a fight coming with that too, my God help us in St Lucia

  5. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 10:55 am

    IPA u r doing a great Job by standing up for the people in 5he vendors Arcade, but their is alot of poison snakes in the arcade, be careful with them, continue doing a great Job

  6. tio
    February 28, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Please mr mayer and city council and the police can you people canot see the wound is deeper than the sours. I say do not work against the market venders and the people in venders market work with them call them to know call ipa give him a chance to work together with the con council and pay him for the work he has don he has been with this ackade for a very long time and he has wor with the people in the market he sees he knows he have been work together with hime to bring a soulation to these violence and crime on local most of all in the city dont work against the people that bringing their sweat and tears to pay from theire labor sho them they are the one that making the city the people. Open doors that they can speak with intelegence. Concern about theire experiance in this work they are doing help them to be better sales persons and customers realation, that there children will com and make it better people in goverment stop hatching hatter of sosieaty and become crinamals in the street which you today have a hader task to clean up, HOW CAN ITBE CLEAN? Stop managing the city affairs like its masa days the city business is the future of the city it seems you guys have not managing it well. You still complaining work together the people are not working for you to rule. unite first with the people address the problems becaused mr mayer you will go the people will stay and their children children dont build hatters in the city clean up the mess the past have bundle up and put it on venders and ipa. think again!

  7. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Yes brother some are stealing

  8. The One
    February 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I see a lot of you people just like to see you’ll comments and names up there, some of you just too political, with some of you everything that happen you always use politics. Some of you want to allow illegal activity like stealing electricity and think allowing it is helping the vendors. Penalizing the vendors and everyone else that’s stealing electricity is not working against them as some of you seem to think, and this idiot who seem to have this obsession with chastnet, when Kenny was there he did (Word deleted) that put this country off the mapo but you never mentioned his name, it not hrd to see you’re just a one sided (Word deleted), . comments

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