The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader has issued an apology after Saturday’s incident at the Forestierre SDA church.
SLP Candidate for Castries South East, Joachim Henry, confronted the incumbent MP, Guy Joseph in the church.
Joseph is also Economic Development Minister.
“I want to apologise on behalf of the party to the Seventh Day Adventists in the country and the leadership of the SDA religion if in any way what happened brought their church into any issues,” SLP leader Philip J. Pierre stated.
“I want to apologise publicly on behalf of the Henry family and Joachim Henry in particular,” the opposition leader said.
Pierre spoke this week during an interview with talk show host, Andre Paul, on Radio 100 Helen FM.
Regarding Henry’s actions, Pierre said he did not think it was the right thing to do.
But the SLP leader said he can understand the former senator’s anguish and pain.
“I know the church is a forgiving church and I ask them to forgive him if he made any transgression,” Pierre stated.
He said when Henry lost his son, then Guy Joseph at meetings attacked him the most vehemently.
“That’s when he said the worst things about Joachim Henry, Ernest Hilaire and Philip J. Pierre.”
“And it’s on the record which we can play for you at any time,” Pierre asserted.
“Instead of saying ‘Let me have a truce. The man’s son is dead – let’s have a truce. When the son is buried’ – that’s what men of substance say. That’s what people who genuinely care about people say,” Pierre declared.
In this regard, he said that for the upcoming elections, the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) believes it must win at all costs.
“So they will do anything,” the SLP leader explained.
And he accused Guy Joseph of launching vehement and nasty attacks against Henry.
“You want me to start playing one for you?” Pierre asked.
“That’s okay,” the programme host responded.
But the host pointed out that people do not know exactly what Guy Joseph said.
However, Pierre declared that he would not repeat it on radio.
“I will not say on radio what he said because it is too low, it is too degrading, it is too unbecoming as a government minister,” Pierre told Radio 100.
The SLP leader recalled that his own parents, who were married for over 50 years, died within six weeks of each other.
“No one can understand what happens to a man when he loses his son,” Pierre said in reference to Joachim Henry.
“Joachim Henry is a human being, he is in pain and that’s not his nature,” the opposition leader stated.
“I want us to pray for Joachim and his family,” Pierre stated.