The General Secretary of Saint Lucia’s ruling United Workers Party (UWP),Oswald Augustin, wants the University of the West Indies (UWI) to discipline Doctor Tennyson Joseph.
Joseph is Head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.
He recently warned in a lecture against the rise of the businessman-politician in the Caribbean, citing Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and US President Donald Trump as examples of why businessmen as politicians are bad for society.
Chastanet responded on Monday by touting his ‘long and deep’ experience in government, while accusing the University Lecturer of writing several ‘racist’ articles.
The Saint Lucia Prime Minister told reporters at a pre-cabinet news conference that he was surprised that Joseph was still a Professor at UWI given the articles he has been writing.
UWP General Secretary Oswald Augustin in an opinion piece published in St Lucia Times Tuesday, dismissed Joseph as a discredited politician.
Augustin said the UWI lecturer has written several articles in the past surrounding the current Saint Lucia Prime Minister which have been ignored.
He expressed the hope that the board of directors of UWI will take note of ‘these disparaging articles which remain meritless’ and take the ‘necessary and appropriate disciplinary action against a lecturer passing on warped ideas to his students’.
The UWP official accused Doctor Tennyson Joseph of making a mockery of his positon as a lecturer at the Cave Hill Campus.
“Tennyson Joseph’s obsession with Prime Minister Chastanet stems from the fact that his old boss of the Saint Lucia Labour Party was overwhelmingly defeated as Saint Lucians clearly rejected the left wing policy advocated by Tennyson Joseph,” Augustin stated.
Joseph unsuccessfully contested the 2006 general election in Saint Lucia against the UWP and worked as political attaché to then Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony between 2000 and 2003.