I am astounded by allegations made by Leader of the Opposition Philip J. Pierre at a Town Hall Meeting in Dennery last night, Tuesday March 3, 2020.
At that meeting Philip J. Pierre’s statement that Saint Lucia is the worst prepared for the coronavirus in this region is ill-informed, without merit, and utterly unfounded.
He went on further to accuse Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of refusing to attend a meeting of heads of government in Barbados to discuss and strategize on dealing with the coronavirus.
This is the farthest thing from the truth as Prime Minister Allen Chastanet attended that meeting accompanied by the Chief Medical Officer of Saint Lucia Dr. Cathy Belmar-George and Chief Environmental Health Officer of Saint Lucia, Mr. Parker Ragnanan.
This information is readily available from information available online and on social media
It is evident these calculated statements by Philip J. Pierre are solely designed to tarnish the reputation of Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, and ultimately sabotage the image of Saint Lucia around the world.
What is even more bewildering is Philip J. Pierre’s further statement that he can prove his allegations with a recording of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet asking for a “ti ponche” drink.
This is ludicrous and absurd since the facts already prove Allen Chastanet was in Barbados. Any such recording would therefore undoubtedly be from another time and place unrelated to the heads of government meeting in Barbados.
These allegations and accusations are calculated and reckless, and will only damage Saint Lucia’s reputation globally.
I therefore call on Philip J. Pierre to immediately withdraw these unfounded accusations in order to minimize the damage he has already caused to Saint Lucia’s image and reputation.