SLP says government clueless and confused amid unprecedented crime wave

The Opposition St Lucia Labour Party is stepping up pressure on the Allen Chastanet administration over the growing crime problem in St Lucia, saying government ministers were contributing to the moral decay of the society while the Prime Minister proceeds on vacation in the face of crisis.

At a news conference Tuesday Labour Party Senator Joachim Henry said in addition to homicide, there have been increases in robberies, rape and violence.

His statement comes on the heels of an acknowledgement by the National Security Minister Senator Hermangild Francis that St Lucia was facing an unprecedented crime wave.

The island has recorded at least 29 homicides from January to June 2017 compared to the 31 homicides recorded for all of 2016.

Henry stated that crime has increased by approximately 250 percent increase in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

He said the government is yet to present a clear policy or new programs to tackle the rising crime problem.

“The minister and the government seem clueless, incompetent and confused. Worse, there is a growing insensitivity from the minister and government to a lawlessness which is pervading this country. The rising fear of our citizen is being ignored,’ He stated.

Henry said, while not wanting to create the impression that the Labour Party was politicizing crime, the SLP cannot continue to be silent.

He said the situation was further exacerbated by the Ubaldus Raymond sex-ting scandal and new claims that a government Minister was under surveillance for illegal activities and searched at the George Charles Airport

“The Prime Minister must not seem to be silent while members of his government are actively engaged in behaviour which contribute to the moral decay which is already impacting so negatively on our society.

He added: “the response cannot be that the Prime Minister proceeds on 21 days leave. The people need answers. Every time we have a crisis in St Lucia so far the Prime Minister’s response has been to travel overseas,” Henry asserted.

Henry said the Prime Minister must account to the people of St Lucia or face the wrath of the people.


  1. Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Am tired of seeing u all in black and red suite take a rest

  2. Reader
    July 12, 2017 at 8:40 am

    “the wrath of the people”?, I thought the intention here was to deal and address the crime issue and not to encourage it

  3. Vieux Neg
    July 12, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Doh try dat.
    It’s the same Public workers and police who have the arduous task of dealing with crime not the politicians. The DPP OFFICE, the judiciary etc are the same. So you guys must stop treating Lucians like we Dec -Dec.

  4. same same
    July 12, 2017 at 8:46 am

    How quickly you forget Joachim. Kenny was saying leave my boys alone. He went to the US because he said there was a hit list and now you want to paint this government as not having a clue. When you will admit that LA corb had no clue why he was in that position, then and only then will I try to listen to you.

  5. Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Indeed we need to hold politicians to their promises.And so far the current administration have failed especially on crime.

  6. sharon terrell
    July 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Crime started under the Kenny Anthony Administration.He should have stopped crime then,but instead he give criminals a pass.And what you’ll could not do now you’ll expect the Government now to do.I wonder if is because you’ll were clueless and confused.IMPACS will speak for it self the DPP aint ready yet.You’ll should not speak put a muzzle on it.

  7. Let La
    July 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

    The police has laid their tools down for kit…..
    I agree and support them.

  8. Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Rotary club lions club abercombie lodge knights of Columbus. Lawyer doctors. And the. Evil. Secret societies spring from the Catholic church. Even the. Holy father have shares in alcohol hoteliers are the real. Criminals we need a revolution to drive the chastanet administration from. Power.

  9. Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Excellent remarks. He runs and puts it in family business. Who did not see that Allan was a fake, was too blind to know, again we get what we deserve, father lend a hand in this land.

  10. DIZZY
    July 12, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Riots and forced resignations

  11. Justice
    July 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    At least Chas has not held up the white flag and begged criminals for a break like Kenny.

  12. Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Admit that crime started to show his ugly face under Kenny. That is gospel truth.

  13. Anonymous
    July 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Joachim shut your mouth cause anything you’re saying is they asked you to say don’t know nothing about politics you were under the administration of John Compton while you were at school you hearing what the SLP are saying and trying to follow them and that is really making you an ass. Please Read a little more Of st.Lucian’s history before you can open your mouth.

  14. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    crime didn’t start under anybody, it has always been there. If it did then those politicians should be arrested for being an accessory to the commission of crime. remember we are now in a new generation of people. the generation of vipers, as written in the bible.
    everyone is responsible for their action. if you know its wrong, why do it in the first place. that makes the murderers the stupid ones wasting their lives for nothing. smh