Gros Islet MP, Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute in a Sky FM interview on Friday, issued a warning to voters to beware of ‘deal makers’, as he weighed in on the independent candidacy of Castries North MP, Stephenson King and former Castries Central MP, Richard Frederick.
“In Castries North and Castries Central there are no independent candidates,” Montoute declared.
But he said he accepted Stephenson King’s right in this country’s democracy to do whatever he wants to do within the law.
Nevertheless, Montoute said he took strong objection to the manner in which the former United Workers Party (UWP) leader made his move.
“Stephenson King should not treat a party that took him from being a messenger to becoming a prime minister in that manner, and let me just say to you this is not a statement of condemnation, I am proud of him to have achieved that, I am proud of my party to have given someone that opportunity,” the Gros Islet MP asserted.
He described King’s ‘defection’ as despicable, unprincipled and dishonourable and expressed the hope that electorate will make King pay for what he has done.
In regard to Richard Frederick, Montoute recalled that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) which had in the past vilified the former Castries Central MP, is currently ‘in bed’ with him.
“There were deals done and in the business of this country that is so serious, dealing with the governance of this country, you should be wary of people who are making deals,” he warned.
Montoute cited the possibility of a ‘dead heat’ situation after the July 26 general elections and raised the question of what would happen.
“Should Richard Frederick and Stephenson King win their seats, who would become the prime minister, because we know they would lean towards the Saint Lucia Labour Party. Would Stephenson King be the prime minister? And we know all what the labour party has said about Stephenson King; would Philip Pierre, as weak as he is as a leader, would he become the prime minister? Or would Richard Frederick become the prime minister?” Montoute said.
He urged voters not to allow ‘deal makers’ to spoil what is going on in this country and tarnish its reputation.
Headline photo (L to R) Stephenson King and Richard Frederick