Castries Central MP Richard Frederick has responded caustically to an opposition United Workers Party (UWP) statement, questioning whether he is in charge of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
“I have never heard such an asinine statement in my life before. You have a government, you don’t have a party in office. There’s the government in office. What does the the business of the labour party have to do with the UWP?” Frederick told reporters on Monday.
And he asserted that UWP leader and former Prime Minister Allen Chastanet was displaying his ‘blatant unintelligence.’
According to the Minister of Housing and Local Government, former Tourism Minister in the last UWP administration, Dominic Fedee, wrote the statement on Chastanet’s instructions.
“What does the UWP have to do with the labour party’s business? Just now they are going to ask ‘Who is the General Secretary of the labour party’ and ‘Who is the deputy of the labour party’. That is not Flambeau’s business,” he declared.
“And if Chastanet knew anything, he would have known that I am not even a card bearing member of the Saint Lucia Labour Party. Tell Chastanet go and rearrange his ignorance and come again,” Frederick stated.
In a statement last week, the UWP called attention to what it described as ‘worrying actions’ by Frederick.
The opposition party accused him of publicly bullying and ridiculing his SLP colleagues during the recent sitting of parliament.
According to the UWP, people heard Frederick shouting after them and sucking his teeth because they did not want to take his directives in the house.
In addition, the UWP statement declared that the Housing Minister’s ‘public firing’ of National Housing Corporation (NHC) Chairman Samuel Bowers was another example of his hostile behaviour towards those who disagreed with him.
Frederick running as an ‘independent labour’ candidate, defeated the incumbent Sarah Flood-Beaubrun in Castries Central at the July 26, 2021, general elections.
Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre subsequently appointed him to his cabinet of ministers.