Guy Joseph, Saint Lucia’s Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, has accused the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) of trying to create unrest in the country.
Joseph made the accusation as a church service to mark the first anniversary of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) victory at the polls got underway today.
“I think this is a special event not just for the United Workers Party but for the people of Saint Lucia,” the minister told reporters as he outlined achievements of the ruling party since taking office.
He recalled that the people of Saint Lucia gave the UWP an overwhelming mandate to run the affairs of state, while the labour party has been making a lot of noise and trying to create unrest.
“I must say that they continue to exhibit the traits of character associated with the labour party – instability, threats to people and all kinds of things,” the Castries South East MP said.
“I mean, this is our country and we should not take kindly to any former government or government minister threatening investors – the labour party is so well known for this,” Guy Joseph declared.
He said previously it was said that the SLP was going to write investors to dissuade them from coming to Saint Lucia.
According to Joseph, currently the SLP is making all kinds of allegations about investors.
“If the opposition has a problem with the government, deal with the government – do not bring in the investors and the people into this,” the minister stated.
“Investors do not bring themselves into a country and give themselves anything, so if there is a problem deal with the government,” Joseph observed.
He expressed the view that the labour party’s intention is to ensure that the current administration does not succeed in delivering to the people of Saint Lucia.
Joseph, responding to assertions that the UWP’s year in office has not been without controversy, including protests over the DSH project, noted that there will always be controversy in government.
“Once UWP is in office and SLP is in opposition you expect that,” he said.