‘Ipa’ charged with electricity ‘theft’

A charge of abstracting electricity has been brought against Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac, the President of the Saint Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association.

But Isaac has dismissed the charge as ‘malicious’, saying that it is part of a campaign by Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, to silence him for being so outspoken.

He recalled that that an earlier charge of assault that was brought against him had been dismissed.

“The guy who was fronting for them said he was no longer interested in going to court,” Isaac declared.

“I have been getting from reliable sources that the Mayor has said that he is going after me because of something I said on the air that he was very displeased about,” he told the Times.

The Vendors Association President denied the electricity theft charge and has challenged the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) to prove its case.


Isaac was charged on Tuesday and is due to appear before the courts on May 11.

According to Section 62 of the Electricity Supply Act, a person charged with electricity theft 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. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    it time for uall vendors to remove RAS ipa in his sit and stand for urall selfs

    1. Minime
      March 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Non sense
      This man has been fighting fr the rights of vendors for years

  2. sharon terrell
    March 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I don’t believe that.My mayor simmer down.You doing great,we don’t need to make Ras Ipa be the scape goat because hey.I now 100% of some high society people stealing electricity right now as we speak and they’re been doing it since the late seventies to late eighties,with magnets.And how can one steal electricity and no one in the market know.If this be the case then every market vendor is stealing electricity.Because if i know you stealing electricity and am paying i will tell and report you.So how that work My Mayor.Start over let that one pass.

    1. Calvin
      March 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Ms. Terrell,

      You wrote:

      “I now 100% of some high society people stealing electricity right now as we speak and they’re been doing it since the late seventies to late eighties,with magnets.”

      “Because if i know you stealing electricity and am paying i will tell and report you.”

      Did you report the “high society people”? We look forward to your update with the results of that.

      Your reference to stealing electricity with magnets was new to me, so I looked into it. Appended is some very interesting reading.


  3. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Ipa look it. U were on telivision saying all bad things about Kenny. Now look it. They right old bald head rasta .

  4. Sad-But-True
    March 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Lol.. Ipa, this is what you beloved party has done to you? 😁
    5 to stay alive isn’t for you. Lol

  5. Sad-But-True
    March 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Lol, your party 🎉 eh like you Ipa. Lol. They just toss you out like a used tampon. Lol

  6. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Is Ras Ipa immune from wrong doing? Get the facts first and if the allegations are true, he must face the consequences. Very few who are involved in wrong doing would admit.It is not a matter of loyalty to any political party.

  7. Lise
    March 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Ras Ipa finally . You thought the arcade belongs to you . You keep on talking crap all the time making people believe you helping them . Always know you’re a tiff, crook , liar. Also found that strange you’re the president. The Rastafarian movement kick you out .

  8. Pankaiso
    March 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Ras I warned you but you seems to know it all ,I am sure that you can prover that you have been paying for the electrical service that you have been getting all these years ,

    If you have no idea where you were getting electricity from did you ever sought to wonder where that precious juice was coming from ,guess the vendors you represent will be supporting you back to back

    As Kirth Allen yuh tuh brite

  9. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You saw it yellow, you thought it was butter, Ras Ipa? Take that you back-stabbing, two-timing sucker!

  10. Bingo
    March 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Ipa voleh!

  11. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    It’s time for Ras Ipa to go cause he looks only after his own interest. He only knows how to talk but no action to back it up. Plp fed up with your nonsense. Do the right thing n step down.

  12. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Ignorant and Under educated St.Lucians! You all relate everything to politics. Politics ought to unite a nation and better the lives of everyone, great and small. You all have become so divided. Leave politics out of it because Chastanet is everybody’s Prime Minister, not only UWP supporters.

  13. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Ras Ipa you know you lie. give it up man

  14. Smdh
    March 23, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    What does you stealing electricity from LUCELEC pole have to do with the major. Excuses for your wrong doing. Be a man and admit your wrongs and try to remedy them. Chupz

  15. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Leave Ipa alone! I do believe it’s a personnel vendetta against him. The mayor may have good intentions, but I think he has become a bit pompous and swell – headed and does not like criticism. Didn’t read of anyone else being charged, was Ras Ipa the sole culprit?

  16. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    This man has alway been a parasite. Misleading the vendors casusing them to do nonsense. Every improvement to the waterfront and vendors Arcade have been met with resistance by this idiot and his imbeciles. He contributes nothing to the vendors excepts lies and confusion. Its time for him to go to hell along with his disciples.

  17. jim
    March 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Everyone can see thru you ipa……..so I didn’t know taking action against illegibility was victimizing….smh

  18. Khayti
    March 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Come in people we are all one people. Quit the wrangling and name calling. Let the mayor prove his case against Ras Ipa and let Ipa stand against his accuser. Quit siding with politicians because at the end of the day they are really never for the common man. Rally with each other and make each other stronger. One man’s sorrow does really affect us all

  19. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Smh you Lucians are so horibble. Red vs yellow bullshit…..grow up and get over this bull. Everything is politics….stay there whiles the government sell your country out to the corporations which has all the say. Continue pickering amongst each other and not pay attention to what is really going on.

  20. Society
    March 24, 2017 at 9:35 am

    When will lucelec be charge for the death. Of the man that was electricuted

  21. Patriot
    March 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Let us start cleaning up St Lucia’s profile and rid ourselves of fraud like people as IPA.
    The vendors deserves better to be seem as their president, he is a bad face for them. As St. Lucian’s we must rid ourselves of partisan politics and uphold honesty and integrity in our every day practices.
    Frauds and fraud like persons need to be relegated to the archives of St Lucian history.
    May we be blessed with a creditable St Lucian way of life to lay a foundation to improve our economy, the reduction of crime, pride, education and love for each other as St. Lucian’s.
    Let truthfulness prevail as the societal norm and charistarize us as a people.

  22. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

    If u live in a glass house don’t throw stones.

  23. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 9:55 am

    But ras ipa how come you always in a roro dem days sumting wong

  24. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Where there is truth their lies justice if u are innocent justice will prevail

  25. Real vibes
    March 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Love thy neighbor as thy self.why people cannot just practice the ten commandments and I think the world can be a better place.just leave the Rasta alone.If he is guilty then that have to be proven by the relevant authorities.but I think you’ll should just wish the best for the man.wish what you’ll want for yourself.and if he was stealing electricity,I think these utility companies stealing from us all day.So WHAT?