The leader of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP,) Pierre, has accused the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) of having played ‘dirty politics’ with crime while that party was in opposition.
“They and their surrogates unfairly blamed the Labour Party for every murder, rape, suicide or violent act of criminals,” Pierre said while addressing the Open Session of his party’s Conference of Delegates on October 8th, 2017.
The event was held at the Beanfield Comprehensive Secondary School in Vieux Fort.
Pierre told party faithful that the UWP promised to make Saint Lucia safer.
According to the SLP leader, the UWP refused the deal responsibly with Operation Restore Confidence, but instead promised to make IMPACS disappear.
He accused the party of making ‘impossible promises’ to members of the police force.
“Now in government, they are clueless and as usual, try to make excuses and continue to be petty and political while crime escalates,” Pierre declared.
“We are concerned about the 41 murders so far and call on the government to encourage a frank dialogue on the frightening situation,” he told labour party supporters.
Pierre said the government’s priority appears not to be tackling the crime issues seriously, but engaging in pettiness like admonishing executive members of the Police Welfare Association (PWA) for having a dialogue with the constitutionally elected leader of the Opposition.
“How can the government pretend to seek cooperation and unity in the fight against crime and behave in such a petty and vindictive manner?” Pierre stated.
He reiterated the SLP’s position that crime is not political.
Pierre noted that the opposition party will lend its support to any meaningful effort to reduce the ‘unacceptable level’ of crime in the country.