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United Workers Party (UWP) Castries Central Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Frederick claims there is rise of dictatorship in the party with little or no democracy.
“It is quite clear once you do not support Allen Chastanet or you do not totally submit to him, you are in for it,” he said.
Frederick’s comment comes on the heels of a recent decision made by the UWP General Council to have him expelled for not attending meetings and labelling a member as a political failure.
The UWP MP referred to the way in which Stephenson King was unceremoniously removed from his post as opposition leader and his employees were dismissed.
“If Allen Chastanet could treat two members of parliament, those with a voice in that manner, how would Allen Chastanet treat the average poor Saint Lucian who cannot even gain access to him?” he questioned.
Frederick said the main reason for his expulsion is for calling his colleague, Oswald Augustine, a political failure.
“Let me reiterate, Augustine has been a member of CDP, NDM, PLP and other failed political parties. He contested elections and could not put together double-figure votes. So if calling Ossie boy a political failure is not justified, I don’t know what is,” he stated.
Shifting his attention to Chastanet, Frederick accused the party leader of being destructive wherever he is.
“Chastanet’s record at Wind Jammer and Air Jamaica are destructive, they are a disaster. Allen Chastanet did his fair share of destruction on the public purse of this country. We remember him paying Hepple hundreds of thousands of dollars while poor St. Lucians could not get something to eat. Boxing in Paradise got millions of dollars through tax payers’ monies,” he added.
Further, Frederick recalled that Chastanet was responsible for renting a tent for $3 million for the FCCA conference.
“As if that was not enough, Allan Chastanet’s travel expenses amounted to hundred, nearing millions of dollars. His telephone expenses were hundreds of thousands of dollars, more than any prime minister ever incurred. Allen Chastanet is renowned for being destructive. The sad reality is Allen Chastanet has laid his hand on the UWP, doing what he doing best, destroying it. Sir John must be turning in his grave,” he added.
The UWP MP claims that Chastanet has also been successful in dividing the support base.
Frederick also suggested that the party has been “wounded” by his actions and it would take a lifetime for the wounds to heal.
“With Allen Chastanet there is and there can never be hope. However, one thing is certain before I leave, I will continue to do whatever I can for the people of Castries Central and by extension Saint Lucia,” Frederick said.