Outspoken Saint Lucia religious leader, Seth Ampadu, has defended his comments about a recent incident in parliament, declaring that he is not a politician.
Ampadu, who is the Superintendent Minister of Saint Lucia’s Methodist Church, had described as ‘distasteful’, reports that former Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, did not shake the hand of Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet when offered.
Chastanet had earlier walked across to the opposition side and shook hands with two opposition MPs.
In an interview with DBS Television, Ampadu said anyone has a right to criticise his comments.
“We will never have the same opinion,” the religious leader explained.
But he asserted that he is a religious leader and as such, he needs to seek peace for the nation.
“As ministers of the gospel we are there to make sure there is peace in the nation,” Ampadu observed.
He recalled that during his Easter message he called for reconciliation.
According to the Methodist Clergyman, it is obvious that the nation is being divided by the two existing main political parties.
“We may have our differences as politicians, but we are not enemies,” Ampadu told DBS television.
“We are trained as Christian churches for unity in our nation. So that if this thing happens at the heart of the nation- the parliament, it is something that all of us we need to be worried about,” he told the television channel.
Ampadu noted that before the handshake incident, a photo was taken of the PM and other MPs, including those in opposition.
“If this can happen, then there is cause to be worried,” he stated.
“I am not into politics.My role as a religious leader is to make sure that here is peace in the nation. In the absence of peace in the nation the church is irrelevant. So I am not involved in politics. I am not a politician at all,” Ampadu declared.
He said everyone is looking up to national leaders.
Ampadu’s comments in relation to the handshake incident in parliament has received both support and criticism on social media.
The media themselves have been criticised for carrying the story, with some asserting that there were more important issues on which to focus.