A well known Rastafarian family of La Clery has made it clear that they will not vacate the CDC apartment that they are currently occupying, despite notices issued by the authorities for occupants to leave.
The family has lived there for decades.
Rafael Charlemange, whose son, Tafari George Charlemange, died by suspected electrocution on Tuesday, made the family’s position clear in an interview with St Lucia Times.
Deceased – Tafari Charlemange)
Family members said Tafari was building a shack to move into, in the event that the authorities came to evict him from one of the apartments that he had reoccupied after the original occupants left, when tragedy struck.
“What really caused the vibes to happen is the same stampede – just a confusion where the powers that be just call for the removal of dwellings and people – I think that is what caused, not only him, but every other body around there to move into trying to establish a place for themselves,” Rafael Charlemange explained.
He asserted that it was a ‘very inhumane’ situation for which no one was taking responsibility.
“They call for their houses – they didn’t build any. We know how the houses were established. There is nothing more we can do – just to see about our son now,” Charlemange disclosed.
He explained that it was very hard to lose a son so quickly.
The deceased, Tafari Charlemange was a well known footballer who represented Saint Lucia in football.
According to family members, one of the ‘brothers’ gave him an electrical extension wire to power a saw to cut wood to build a shack to live in.
Tafari is believed to have slipped on some tiles while holding the live wire, resulting in him receiving a fatal electrical shock.
The body was discovered by his mother, Marilyn Martin.
His father, Rafael, called on the ‘powers that be’ to ‘stop the onslaught’ that is taking place in La Clery.
“I am not going to move – we not defying nothing. There is no defying in that. It is just that. Everybody knows from whence we came – it is about our blackness. We have a history that everybody knows about. It is well documented. We are living history. It is that we have been living there for the past 500 years. We have been on the estate for the past 500 years,” he declared.
“It is not about defying. It is about living and giving us what is ours. It has been over 60 years. It is due to us – by law,” Rafael Charlemange told St Lucia Times.