Outspoken religious leader, Seth Ampadu, has described as ‘distasteful’ an incident in parliament Wednesday night in which former Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, did not accept a handshake from Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.
Chastanet had earlier shaken hands with opposition MPs.
A video recording of the handshake incident has been making the rounds on social media.
Superintendent Methodist Minister, Seth Ampadu, who this week preached a message of reconciliation in his Easter message, described the development as ‘very unfortunate.’
“Leaders are there to bring the people together,” he explained.
According to the Methodist Minister, parliament is the heart of the nation.
“If this incident happens in parliament where everybody is watching, it is very distasteful,” Ampadu asserted.
“As a church we are praying for our leaders to unite the nation, but if they continue to behave this way then where are we going?” He told St Lucia Times.
According to the outspoken clergyman, politics should not divide people.
“The fact that we have different political ideologies – it does not divide us. We need to understand that we are one people. We are Saint Lucians – we are representing the people. So we may have our differences as political leaders, but we should not go to that extent that when someone is going to greet you you just turn your back,” Ampadu observed.
He noted that observances marking Easter are underway in which the churches are calling for unity.
“If this thing happens, then what kind of signal are we sending to the community?”
“We are appealing to our leaders that they should show an example to the people so that the nation would unite since we can see clearly that the nation has been divided into these two political parties. But let us understand that the nation was there before politics, so politics should not divide us,” Ampadu declared.
Just Tuesday, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet posted a photo of government and opposition MPs on his official Facebook.
The post attracted a number of positive comments.