Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre, criticised in the past for his stuttering, has denied that he has a speech impediment.
Pierre spoke during an appearance on Helen FM this week.
“I don’t have a speech impediment. Sometimes I stutter on some words,” the Castries East MP explained when the issue was raised by Talk Show Host – Andre Paul.
“Can you understand what I am saying today?” He asked Paul, to which the Talk Show Host replied in the affirmative.
“No one can say that I spoke and they didn’t understand what I said – that is just Saint Lucian ‘maypuis’,” Pierre told Paul.
The opposition accused Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of stooping “that low”.
It was an obvious reference to an incident in June last year when Chastanet poked fun at Pierre by imitating his stuttering.
The incident occurred at a ruling party public meeting in Soufriere.
But the Prime Minister later defended himself in the face of calls for him to apologise, claiming that he was making reference to the the fact that the opposition stutters when asked why they did not finish certain projects.
“Have you heard the former Prime Minister of Barbados, Owen Arthur speak? Have you heard (Doctor) Denzil Douglas speak? Have you heard Roosevelt Skerrit speak? Have you heard Winston Churchill speak?” Philip J. Pierre asked.
“If someone stutters on a few words, does that mean he cannot be Prime Minister?”
According to Pierre, he should be an inspiration to others.
“People should say to their children ‘If this guy can get where he is and he has an impediment, you should strive to get there’,” the SLP leader asserted.