National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, says Vieux Fort South MP, Dr. Kenny Anthony is running scared in the constituency.
The minister hopes to unseat Anthony at the next elections.
Francis made an appearance Thursday night on Talk with Journalist Rick Wayne.
And during the television programme the former member of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) responded to assertions by Anthony.
Anthony this week said that because Francis was ‘tainted’ and ‘compromised’, the SLP did not want him as a candidate for Anse La Raye.
But Francis said Anthony’s comments were rude and disrespectful.
Francis joined the United Workers Party (UWP) in 2013 and the party went on to win the elections in 2016.
“Nobody has ever reported me for a crime,” Francis asserted.
He also declared that he has never received a bribe from anyone and has never defrauded the state.
In addition, he said no one has ever hauled him to court for any kind of offence.
However, Francis indicated that the labour party has embraced compromised and tainted individuals.
And he declared that Dr. Kenny Anthony is a complete failure.
He said the former prime minister has failed to develop Vieux Fort.
According to the minister, Vieux Fort is practically the same as it was in 1997.
Nevertheless, Francis explained that Vieux Fort has been pivotal in the plans of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
“That is why you have seen the amount of work and infrastructural effort in the South of the Island,” he said.
Francis mentioned DSH, St Jude Hospital, Ojo Labs and the HIA redevelopment project and other initiatives.
He said young people were getting work in Vieux Fort and he embraces and wants to be part of the PM’s vision for developing the South.
Francis said his campaign to unseat Anthony is going well.
“He is feeling the pressure,” Francis said of his political rival.
As a result, he disclosed that the incumbent MP is on the ground more than ever before.
“People are saying they never used to see him – now he’s there every day.”
Headline photo caption: Dr. Kenny Anthony (l) and Hermangild Francis