The Opposition, St Lucia Labour Party, is pushing ahead with its strategy of maintaining pressure on the Allen Chastanet government with a statement released Wednesday by former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony.
Dr Anthony called on Mr Chastanet to apologize for statements he reportedly made at the recent UWP march in Vieux Fort.
The Vieux-Fort South MP said the Prime Minister described Vieux Fort as a ghetto and said the residents there would be great at taking care of horses.
“I resent his description of Vieux Fort as a ghetto,” Dr Anthony said. “Further, these statements are insulting, degrading and dehumanizing.”
Dr Anthony said Vieux Fort people are capable of much more than looking after horses and added that they are as good as any other St Lucian.
“The thinking of the UWP towards the people of Vieux Fort has not changed. All they do is to sell or give away the lands around Vieux Fort, never caring about the quality of life of the people of Vieux Fort. That is why they allowed Vieux Fort town to be mired in poverty from 1964 to 1997,” Dr. Anthony added.
The opposition has vowed continuous street protests if the Allen Chastanet government does not revise its main economic policies; including a dolphin park in Gros Islet and the 2.6 billion dollar Pearl of the Caribbean development in Vieux Fort.
The government says its plans will raise economic activity in the south of the country and provide significant job opportunities.
However, the Opposition maintains that the deal is bad for St Lucia and should be renegotiated.
For his part, Prime Minister Chastanet has accused the St Lucia Labour Party of going on a “trail of destruction” and playing a divisive game.
Said Prime Minister Chastanet; “the sad reality is that the Labour Party had every opportunity to deliver to the people of St Lucia, particularly when we look at the south.”
He went on, “In Dr. Anthony’s tenure as Prime Minister for 15 years and District Representative for 20 years, there isn’t one project that he brought to the south. In fact, one can go to the extreme and show that in fact when he was in government he did everything to stop things from happening,” Chastanet said.