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.