The leader of the opposition in Saint Lucia, Philip J. Pierre, asserting that the Allen Chastanet administration has failed in its promise to reduce crime, has declared that the government must go and do so quickly because of a number of failures.
Pierre spoke during a news conference Thursday as the country Wednesday night recorded yet another homicide.
Sylvester Louis, 56, was gunned down outside his home at Monchy, Gros Islet, weeks after his sister was shot dead near her own home in the same community.
Pierre’s opening statement to the news conference is reproduced below.
Once more we have to draw to your attention that the policies of this current Government continue to show why it is unfit for office, why it is incapable of managing the affairs of the country and why the people must remove it at the next general elections.
The Government has failed to successfully manage the dire economic crisis facing the country along with the promise to eliminate VAT. Public servants not trusting the government are still uncertain as to whether the threat of reducing their salaries by 50% is still on the cards.
Instead of providing relief for the humanitarian, social and economic needs of the parents of our schoolchildren, the banana farmers, the fishers, the displaced workers and unemployed, it engages in electoral gimmicks of road construction and other infrastructural projects that have had no stimulus on the economy.
In the City, small vendors and other persons struggling to make a living are hounded daily by an unsympathetic City authority.
This United Workers Party Government and its agents simply do not comprehend the pain and distress which the majority of St. Lucians are experiencing and that its priority should be to ease their suffering.
In these stressful times, the Government has failed in its promise to reduce crime. The murder rate is climbing, with four murders in the last two weeks bringing the total for the year to 32; so much for a Prime Minister who promised to do with crime what he claimed his predecessor couldn’t.
At the same time we are also witnessing an unprecedented number of suspected
suicides for any one year.
The Cabot fiasco, the failed Pearl of the Caribbean and horse racing project once again
illustrates this government’s preference for aiding undeserving so-called foreign investors over its people and over the country’s institutions like the Saint Lucia National Trust and the NIC.
Its persecution of the National Trust and some of its officials is yet another example of a
calculating and vindictive government that is attempting to hide its own misdeeds by smearing those who oppose it.
That is why the Prime Minister has launched another vicious attack on the MP for Castries South but is very silent on the allegations of corruption and misdemeanours involving his own Ministers – for example the Pajoah letter affair, the Assenza Airport scandal, the Wepay Mess, inflated contracts awarded without tender, and now the Condo”
We stand in solidarity with Dr Hilaire.
For the survival of St. Lucia, this Prime Minister and the UWP Government must go and they all must go very quickly.
The Saint Lucia Labour Party always puts people first. We will continue to speak with the
people of St. Lucia.
We will continue to engage the farmers and fishers and seek ways to provide sustainable livelihoods and money for their families and workers.
Our plan will alleviate the depression facing our country.
We will ensure that we improve the situations facing the unemployed, hotel workers, vendors, small business and all citizens living in fear and uncertainty caused by the UWP government.
This is the pledge and promise of the Saint Lucia Labour Party to the people of Saint Lucia.