National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has taken issue with assertions that current Vieux Fort South MP, Doctor Kenny Anthony, has done nothing for the constituency.
“I do not think this is a fair statement,” Francis, who recently announced his desire to challenge Anthony at the next election, said.
The government Senator recalled working in Vieux Fort in 1998 as the Officer in Charge of the Southern Division.
“I know Dr. Anthony did things for the southern constituency,” Francis told reporters Friday.
But he observed that his issue with the former Saint Lucia Prime Minister is that being the head of the government and in charge of the purse strings at the time, he did too little for Vieux Fort.
“That is why I want to be the one to contest the seat against him,” Francis explained.
He disclosed that if he is selected to contest the seat on behalf of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP), it would be a great honour to challenge Anthony whom he described as ‘a giant of a man’.
“Everybody respects him. I have the greatest respect for him,” Francis stated.
He promised that if he is selected as the UWP candidate, his campaign will never degenerate into bad talking.
” I have too much respect for the individual for me to say anything derogatory about him. I will win, if I have to, on the policies and plans I have for Vieux Fort South,” Francis declared.