The Opposition St Lucia Labour Party has doubled down on its criticism of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet decision to take 21 days’ vacation leave.
The government announced on Monday that the Prime Minister had proceeded on vacation leave and would be returning to office on July 31.
Senator Joachim Henry says the Prime Minister has chosen to proceed on vacation at a time when leadership is critical and the country is faced with a number of serious issues, including the rising murder rate and the Jimmy Henry resignation.
Henry declared there was an absence of leadership and added that the Prime Minister has dropped the baton when it comes to leading the country.
“The Prime Minister has taken to proceed on leave for 21 days and that is quite strange. Those persons who take on a new job would spend quite a bit of time to get down at things. It’s not that everything is ok in St Lucia. Crime is on the rise, the issue of school is about to open and people are clamouring for books and support for their children. There’s so many issues confronting the country at this time. Some persons have described it as a country being in crisis at this time,” Henry said.
Henry said, given the challenges facing the country, one would have expected it would be a period for “all hands on deck.”
He further called for clarification from the Prime Minster on the resignation of former Senator Jimmy Henry.