Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has defended remarks he made at a ruling party meeting Sunday, in which he called attention to opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre’s stuttering.
Chastanet has been criticised for ridiculing Pierre.
“If anybody listens to my statements, what I was making reference to is every single time that you ask the labour party to answer any questions like why they didn’t finish a hospital; why they didn’t finish a school – any of the projects they claim that should have been done, all they do is stutter,” the Saint Lucia PM told reporters Tuesday.
“That’s what I as making reference to,” he stated.
Chastanet said he had heard some people call on him to apologise.
But he expressed the opinion that the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is the one that owes the people of this country an apology.
However reporters pointed out that Chastanet had mentioned Philip J. Pierre in his remarks.
“I said ‘Like Philip J. Pierre, the labour party when they are asked questions okay, say duh-duh-duh-duh-duh’ which is a fact,” he asserted.
According to Chastanet, the labour party does not want to be accountable for its actions.
“But if anybody deserves an apology it is the people of Saint Lucia from the labour party,” the PM declared.
“We need an apology for Rochamel; we need an apology for Grynberg; for the performance of the economy; we need an apology for the state of health care; we need an apology for the state of education; we need an apology for what is happening in security in this country – that’s what we need an apology for,” he stated.
“Mr. Pierre is a political leader and so am I. There are things that are said about me as well; but at the end of the day what we need an apology for is all the things that the labour party promised,” Chastanet responded when asked why he had to reference the opposition leader in his remarks about stuttering.
He asserted that the SLP has no explanation for its failure to deliver.
“Every time you ask them, they stutter,” Chastanet said.
“When we were in opposition we said to you, Labour Party cannot move into OKEU (Hospital) because they don’t have the money, and we were right. They made all kinds of excuses, the same way that Philip Pierre stutters, that’s what they were doing as a government, stuttering. Every time you asked them when they are going in, duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh,” the PM was quoted as telling Sundays ruling party public meeting in Soufriere.