Chastanet says Frederick’s expulsion was necessary

By Samuel Sukhnandan, Staff Reporter

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Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet has said that the decision made by the party’s General Council to have Richard Frederick expelled was sad but necessary given the urgency the party is faced with to strengthen and lead the people of Saint Lucia.

“We need a united party; a party of discipline and focused individuals that are hardworking. If you can’t comply with the rules of the party and you do anything to diminish the strength of the party, which will ultimately affect the people of St Lucia, we will not accept that,” he said.

In refuting reports that the decision is flawed, the political leader told the media that the UWP has been advised by lawyers on the matter.

Chastanet also reminded individuals that the decision to expel Fredrick was based on a recommendation made by the Disciplinary Committee of the party. That recommendation was then taken to the General Council, where a unanimous decision was made to have the Castries Central MP expelled from the UWP.

“Richard Frederick was invited to the meeting and he did not appear. If you look at the votes, 90 per cent of delegates were there who voted,” Chastanet stated.

The UWP leader also informed the media that Frederick can appeal the decision through the party’s trustees and then go back to vote at the National Convention.

“I would hope that if he believes that any injustice was done then he would use the process to prescribe within the party,” he further added.

Despite there is a clear division that could lead to further deterioration in the UWP, Chastanet said there is no evidence that indicates the party is weak. Asked whether the UWP’s decision to expel Fredrick is also a kiss good-bye to the Castries Central Constituency, the UWP leader said he also refuses to believe that could happen.

When questioned as to Castries North MP Stephenson King’s future with the party, Chastanet said the actions of the party are in control of each of its members.

“It is very sad that the Honourable Stephenson King as of late has not been coming to our meetings and has not been participating in our sessions. I hope that this is something that could be put behind us.”

Chastanet brushed aside criticisms that seem to suggest that he is responsible for the changes in the UWP.

He said: “If anyone which includes me wish to contravene the rules of the party, will be dealt with accordingly. We are taking our role as an opposition party very seriously,” he said.

The UWP leader stated boldly that if Saint Lucia is to hold elections tomorrow, the UWP stand a good chance of winning. He said people are fed up with Dr. Kenny Anthony and the Saint Lucia Labour Party’s (SLP) poor performance and alleged weak and inconsiderate policies.

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46 comments

  1. RF won his seat by 50 votes. this tells a lot. let him go his merry way. no time for dirty politics

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  2. What baffles me is that if there is a serious problem of disciple in this party. Why are you'll not using this opportunity to deal with appropriately the misuse of Twain funds by the same delegates and Ministers. What actions does the UWP plan to take against these individuals if found culpable ? St Lucia is a cover-up state for who fits into the circle.

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  3. Chastnent has a right to decide which community he would rather serve. I believe that the man will work for his community. Play your cards right and see whats available to you

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  4. Stephenson King and most politicians are so thin skinned once they hit opposition its EFFING Annoying!!!...

    Ever since the reign of Compie we have never ever had a politician worth a seat!!!

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  5. We have 2 people running the country rite now

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  6. All these SLP politicians look like a jackass in a horse race

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  7. Kenny is really destroying st. Lucia. He needs to go! Yo toute sa daban volier?

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  8. Ha pa pap hooray for de party UWP !!!!!

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  9. What's the name of Wally party again? Stitch or something like that? That's the party I want to join!!!!

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  10. Straight to the point

    For those of you who do not support the move by the UWP general council to expel Richard Frederick from the party. If it was the SLP which had a member of the party not attending its meeting and talking negatively about the party would you all disagree for the party to expel him?

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    • The Mad Cow says, this is a hypocritical stance or question! When Sarah was booted out of the Labour government, you and the UWP made a whole lot about that.

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  11. Makes no sense to run into a new government especially one that is under so much havoc! I'm not into politics but let's just give SLP a chance to prove them self! Its not like Allen will be able to save us! He Is Not God!

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  12. I voted SLP as they were the best of the two bad. Best in terms of what seem to be structure, policy and the confidence to see this through. Bad in terms of the fact that we can never be 100% sure of a party or individual members of that party's true demeanor.

    I must say say though that decisions like that this time around is quite impressive and very surprising from this party. I'm impressed that this party is showing signs that they must do what needs to be done to take control of internal issues rather than its expected MO. I totally agree with Merick's write up that we can't have a member who is ‪suppose to be striving towards the same goal as the whole, casually and intentionally missing meetings and 'allen iverson-ing' his way around the party.

    Good job UWP. This election may just be very interesting..

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  13. Am fed up with all slu politicians

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  14. Richard Frederick refused to work with Chastanet and the new executive for more than a year. Now that he is expelled everybody crying for Fredo! Yall lucians are such hypocrites!

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  15. Fed up with SLU politicians

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  16. ME NAH VOTE AGAIN

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    • Well Kenny and his hoodlums will stay there to torment you and others who speak like you.

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    • We are happy that you will not be voting. You are trying to become a Jamaican, speaking in their tones. Go vote over there as you have forgotten where you come from.

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  17. Democracy exhorts the voice of the majority whether or not the majority truly understands what is at stake. Hence if the majority of UWP Delegates sided with the expulsion then that is the democracy that we venerate. Now some are saying that the UWP will lose the next elections over this; then that will be another show of democracy. Will the majority of voters in the majority of constituencies retain the suffering being dealt by the SLP over the Richard's expulsion? If that happens then we will again be singing the praise of democracy.

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  18. If chastanet want to test his political strength the best thing to do is run against Frederick for the central seat next election.My guess is he is a coward to even entertain the idea.Leave Arsene alone.

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    • Hi B : -) ! It would nice if you Join The Lpm Party . Why ? Because U are an Independent Thinker - and You can Make a great Contribution to Your Country - I will Sponsor you . Oh ! Forget About SLP and UWP . New , Smart , young Brains are Need to take this country forward .

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  19. You can fool some people sometimes but you cannot fool all the people all the time. If such a petty issue like this one you cannot hand and humble yourself as a future leader power as prime minister will consume you. It seems you have never been right and accepted the nonsense for the interest of peace. This visa saga has us very suspicious of wolf in sheep clothing. If you want anybody to respect you and say we could trust you with our country get your wife out of the office of the PM's (KDA)daughter's office. To me both families are eating out of the same plate. It looks suspect. UWP now looks like more SLP but I am guessing that you'll did not learn much from the old fox KDA. The lack of respect you'll show for vulnerable and oppressed is manifested in the heavy handed and invasive approach you take deal with the matter at hand. Now you are securing the party back to the elite and to the days of Compton firing men like little boys. The difference is he had more class and tactic than you. Political suicide this move is called.Are we all failures at some point in our lives?

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  20. Sorry to tell you but in this country of yours you could never be Prime Minister, so the likes of you, Ossie boy, Catherine Sealy, Alvin Landers, Danny Stephens, Sam Flood and ask for the Moo moo LOO girlthey coming for her next you'll eh going no where......you'll finish.

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  21. How the hell did Allen Chastanet even gain power in UWP ??? This is not what Sir Compton worked for all his life, he wants to see SLU out of bondage of slavery, he did not want to see us living from hand to mouth, he did not want to see us temporarily employed, and our precious youth cleaning the streets for summer jobs

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    • Because the UWP people voted for him. We call that "DEMOCRACY"

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    • SO COMPTON WORKED HIS WHOLE LIFE FOR A RETARD LIKE FREDERICK TO REMAIN IN THE PARTY? THIS WAS A HOSTILE TAKEOVER BY CHASTANET. RICHARD FREDERICK WAS EXPELLED FROM THE PARTY SINCE 2011, HE JUST DIDNT KNOW IT YET! ALL THAT YAPPING AND CONSTANTLY SELLING HIMSELF OUT. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT HE PLAYS CHECKERS, A JAILHOUSE GAME! THIS POLITICS THING IS CHESS, AND HE'S NOT BUILT FOR IT, NEVER WAS! AND CHASTANET BY UPBRINGING AND AFFINITY IS ALL UWP! HE WAS COMPTON'S GOFFER BY IN THE DAY. RICHARD FREDERICK WAS A LABOUR THROUGH AND THROUGH, GET IT RIGHT! TO SEE RICHARD FREDERICK PLAYING NICE IN THE HOUSE WITH THE SAME DUDES WHO DISTROYED HIM BY SYSTEMATICALLY TARNISHING HIS NAME IS JUST PATHETIC. HE IS BY ALL ACCOUNTS DEAD POLITICALLY. THE LITTLE MONEY WHICH HAS NOT BEEN FROZEN SHOULD BE USED TO LIVE OUT A LIFE OUTSIDE A REALM HE WAS NEVER FIT FOR! FALL BACK HOMIE!

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  22. Im my eyes its the same theory of the pot calling the kettle black. They all want an oppurtunity to become prime minister, so they can add that as an accomplishment to their lists. They're not there to help out, they're there to make things harder. They only care about making their pockets richer. They try to expose one anothers secrets, as if they're not thieves themselves. At this point St. Lucians need to unite. Elect someone who actually comes through with that they say. Yes things are going to get harder, only getting harder, but try to elect someone who wont have the public living from hand to mouth, HOW CAN ST. LUCIANS HAVE ANY INVESTMENTS IN THESE TIMES ??/ Its so baffling how this government works, a strike needs to take place, everywhere !!!!!

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  23. Kenny #2 cah wait for his turn to the country haha coolout boy

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  24. UWP GENERAL COUNCIL DID THE RIGHT THING KING NOR RICHARD OWNS UWP. KING WAS ALWAY A VAUGHN MAN. SEE YOU IN LABOR SOON KING. RICHARD WILL BE IN THE BACK GROUND, WATER UNDER BRIDGE ONCE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Listen! Karma is a b****! You see this Stephenson King, he is paying for his ungratefulness. Remember how he treated Janine in the house? Remember how he disrespected her and all she was doing was trying to help her constituency? He had no right to treat Janine that way. It's your turn now, King. Take it and shut up!

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  25. Emissary of the poor

    I think I should create my own party. These current politicians clearly don't care about anything but their pockets. I'm in another country watching St. Lucia completely deteriorate, meanwhile politicians are getting rich with their lackluster personas. All the while the lower class is growing and facing unimmaginable living conditions.

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  26. I am no big fan of Richard Fredrick, but i just can't wrap my head around the notion that a party is being lead by a man who can't win any constituency therefore incapable of securing any voting block.

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    • What is more important for Lucia right now, someone with a political seat or someone who has economic sense and knows how to take Lucia forward?

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  27. Both SLP and UWP are the same. We St Lucian need to stop taking side and unite together as one nation

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  28. so when is the next expulsion??
    yes....the next one??

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  29. interesting turn of events....lets see what is said on Thursday on the market steps...confused politicians behaving like crabs in a bucket.

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  30. Different heads, same jackass, politrricks is disgusting.

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  31. Richard Frederick is saying how destructive Allan Chastanet is to Air Jamaica and the HOtel Industry but he not admitting the fact that it is the man Allan Chastanet who actually took him out of the UWP - he clean him up, Frederick was a mess to the party. So Chastanet is the man of the moment. It hurt Frederick bad.

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  32. SLP NEXT ELECTION 15 SEATS AND CASTRIES CENTRAL WHITE WASH TO RICHARD AND CASTRIES NORTH STEVENSON KING WHITE WASH AND UWP 0:0 ANYEEEEE...(NOTHING) TAKE THAT AND SMOKE IT IN YOUR PIPE.....ALLEN...DISTRUCTION.....BEWARE ST LUCIAN.....

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    • And Your point is ? St lucia Needs NEW LEADERSHIP - Both SLP and UWP - are Doing What ? U know the answer . Truth be told , St Lucia has 3 political Parties - And we need at Least 2 More - And all Parties able to win sits at elections . That would change business as usual - an the Prime Minister can b only Govern Via a Coalition . Come on Lucian Girl in UK - We Need a Fresh Start . OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW .

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  33. i am a very strong slp supporter ,but honestly decisions taken by kenny is destroying the country.i would hate to vote against them but i might have no choice come 2016.

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  34. They're all the same

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  35. Ok Mr.Chasnet there is your seat,no need to jettison Arsene James from the Micoud seat. Come out announce you will be fighting the Castries Central seat on behalf of the UWP and if that means taking on Fredicks as an independent candidate so be it.Chasntet man or mouse, leader or lather.

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  36. A BUNCH OF JOKERS URLL ARE SO U GUYS WANT TO TAKE OUT LABOUR WELL KENNY SHOULD CALL ELECTIONS N THE SAME THAT HAPPEN IN GRENADA WILL HAPPEN HERE A WHITE WASH 17-0

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