Pierre: Government Hiding Behind COVID-19 To Campaign

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Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has accused the government of hiding behind COVID-19 to engage in election campaigning.

He said that’s why the opposition is so suspicious of the actions of the Allen Chastanet administration.

“The government says one thing, the Prime Minister says one thing and soon after he is on the road campaigning, soon after his surrogates are attacking people personally,” Pierre told reporters.

He made the comments during an impromptu interview Tuesday outside parliament.

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Pierre repeated his assertion that the government has failed in the way it has handled the current COVID-19 crisis.

“History will show that they have failed and other countries have done better than them,” he declared.

Pierre dismissed the Prime Minister’s address to the nation Monday night as another ‘much ado about nothing’.

“The Prime Minister should, by now, have a comprehensive plan to alleviate the suffering of the people of the country,” the Castries East MP explained.

He called for a change in the country’s priorities.

“The Prime Minister is spending 20 million dollars on two miles of road ,” he noted.

But at the same time, Pierre observed that Saint Lucia does not have adequate COVID-19 testing.

“It’s not only about testing, but you have to get the results,” he stated.

However Pierre told reporters that the results take too long.

“If you have a set of results – 800, and out of that 800, 200 people are positive, it shows that you have over 20 percent of the sample is positive,” he said

“So if you have to extrapolate that into what’s happening in the country, we are in a serious situation,” Pierre said.

He indicated that he speaks on behalf of the people.

But he told reporters that the government is making an issue about him and the opposition.

“The government has begun a sustained attack on me,” he said.

However the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader declared that it’s not about him.

“It’s about the people of this country who are suffering; it’s about the people of this country who are unemployed; it about the people,” Pierre explained.

“The people are complaining,” he told reporters.

He recalled that from March last year, he has been saying that the government should have had a comprehensive social and economic stimulus programme.

Pierre said this would  help people affected by COVID-19.

“My voice is the voice of the people,” the Castries East MP asserted.



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