The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has spoken out against what it says are attempts to derail the election campaign of its Castries South East candidate, Joachim Henry.
Henry and his wife, Claudia, were involved in a highly publicized confrontation with Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, at the Forestiere Seventh Day Adventist church in April.
SLP leader, Philip J. Pierre told a news conference on Wednesday that at the time of the incident, the Henry family was in mourning over the sudden death of their son.
And Pierre observed that Joachim and his wife had issued two apologies via the President of the SDA Mission.
The SLP leader said the apologies were accepted by the Pastors, Elders and congregation of the Forestiere SDA church and SDA churches throughout Saint Lucia.
But Pierre said it was unfortunate that today, more than six weeks since the church incident and on the eve of a general election, the Henrys would still be dealing with the matter.
“Like many of you, I have acknowledged that this is a politically motivated effort. An attempt to derail Joachim’s campaign in Castries South East and sabotage the reputation of a man who is known to many as a peaceful, loving family oriented and upstanding citizen of Saint Lucia,” Pierre stated.
He described Joachim Henry and his family as being God fearing people for whom he had the utmost respect and admiration.
“This is why we must not be consumed by the United Workers Party and their ploy to deceive and detract the people of Saint Lucia from the real issues in the country – the promises unfulfilled,” Pierre declared.
In this regard, the Castries East MP asserted that the UWP is desperate.
As a result, Pierre told reporters that the ruling party will try anything to win the next general elections.
However, the SLP leader said it was his duty and responsibility to ask the people of Saint Lucia to remain peaceful and patient and not allow themselves to be provoked.
“We all stand in support of Joachim and his family during this extended period of grief, trial and tribulation,” Pierre explained.
“And to do so, we must continue to protest without any form of unrest,” he declared.
According to Pierre, on the day of elections, the form of protest will be at the ballot.
He said at that time ‘we will vote in large numbers against the nefarious and corrupt United Workers Party.’
Pierre also had a message for the people of Castries South East.
“The Saint Lucia Labour Party remains committed to the campaign of Joachim Henry and we ask you for your continued support for the Henry family at this time,” the opposition leader said.