Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has defended a planned meeting in Port of Spain with new Trinidad and Tobago Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith.
Speaking with RCI’s Midday News Edition, Francis said the meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, had been shifted to Wednesday afternoon.
“I know that has caused a little uproar in Saint Lucia in the sense that they believe there have been killings in Trinidad and what can I learn,” he noted.
However Francis explained that his intention was to learn how to prevent killings.
In September this year, the twin Island republic had recorded 400 murders.
“They must also realise the population of Trinidad compared to Saint Lucia,” the Castries Mayor said during the telephone interview with Keba Taliam
“I have known the police commissioner through following him from his days in the army and being National Security Minister and also now being Commissioner of Police and we must understand that he is recently appointed to that job and it’s probably just over two months. I believe he will do a tremendous job,” the Castries Mayor said.
He expressed the view that there is a lot he can learn from the T&T top cop.
“You know where Saint Lucia is concerned, we never talk about the good things – we always speak about the negative things and that is where we are not going anywhere.”
“The next thing you will hear is – I am not Foreign Minister, I am not Minister of Agriculture, I am not Minister of this and why should I be going on these trips. But as they could see right now, the city of Castries is changing and has been changing for the best for a while now under my leadership,” the Castries Mayor observed.
In Trinidad and Tobago, Francis has already met with the Japanese Ambassador, the Mayor of Port of Spain and the Mayor of Arima.