Outspoken Attorney at Law, Mary Francis, has accused Castries North MP, Stephenson King, of cunning and treachery, amid reports that he plans to announce that he will participate in the July 26, 2021 elections as an independent candidate.
According to reports, King is scheduled to give a nationwide address on Thursday night at 8.30 pm.
Although social media and talk shows have been ablaze with speculation about his political future, the former prime minister has not commented officially on the issue.
But there have been signs that the viral social media reports have some foundation.
King’s campaign office in La Clery, which previously bore the yellow colour of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP), was being repainted in white.
And the yellow party flags that were there have disappeared, while sources say that the office will eventually be painted in blue.
Mary Francis, a former executive member of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), said if the talk about King going independent is true, she would be very surprised.
“What about the party? What about the supporters?” Francis declared.
As far as the Attorney at Law and well-known human rights advocate is concerned, King ought to have resigned from the UWP and not wait until the 11th hour to play his cards.
Instead, she said he waited for five years until the election bell sounded.
“At this juncture in our politics we need people to bring some respect for politicians,” the Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights told St Lucia Times.
She said while King was Prime Minister after Sir John Compton died, he allowed himself to be manipulated and proved to be an indecisive and malleable leader.
“And the question comes to mind, could he have taken the UWP to victory in 2016 with the type of indecisive leadership he was portraying at the time?” Francis stated.
The UWP under the leadership of current Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, won the 2016 elections by a margin of 11 to 6.
“There is a price to pay for treachery and time will tell,” Mary Francis said in reference to the reports that Stephenson King would run as an independent .