Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has disclosed that the government of Saint Lucia is making ‘at least’ $1000 a week, from persons caught urinating in public.
“Nearly every week now the government is making $1,000 at least, minimum, for people who have been caught urinating and have to go to court and pay,” Francis said.
He explained that the law against public urination has always been there.
“But we know in Saint Lucia even if you are doing something that is good, first thing they ask you ‘Yes, you’re arresting people. Where are the washrooms?’” Francis told a ceremony Friday morning to officially open a new washroom in the City.
“I can assure you that you have people coming next to the washroom and using the walls. They will not go into the washrooms and they will still ask you ‘Where is the washroom?’” He lamented.
“You have minibus drivers – they have passengers on board. They have tourists on board. They stop anywhere and go at the back of the vehicle and urinate,” the Mayor declared.
He said that culture has to change.
“I have promised Saint Lucians one thing. As long as Peterson Francis is Mayor, he will hold and uphold what is correct,” he said to applause from the gathering at the ceremony.
“I know that I am a target man, but who am I? Even God was targeted – God was crucified; I am very lucky- I am following in his footsteps,” he explained.
He expressed his gratitude to businessman, Maher Chreiki, for erecting the public washroom at his new building on the William Peter Boulevard.
Francis called on corporate Saint Lucia to join with the Castries Constituencies Council to make Saint Lucia a better place.
He spoke of what he called ‘qualified critics’.
“In Saint Lucia, we have critics and we have what we call’ Gardains’ who always know something will happen – when it happens. They criticise they never suggest a solution ‘Try that. I believe you should have done it that way’. No, they are just criticizing just to criticize and we must stop and everywhere I go I preach that we must stop the politics of these things,” Francis asserted.
“Forget about the politics we are playing with the lives of Saint Lucians,” he said.
He said the criticisms come from people who know better.
Francis referred specifically to the renaming of Serenity Park which is now the Sir George William Mallet Serenity Park.
He expressed the view that people do not have the facts.
“People just talk,” he lamented.