PRESS RELEASE – I strongly denounce efforts by the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) aimed at defaming the character of Hon. Guy Joseph, Member of Parliament for Castries South East in the name of good governance.
It is noteworthy that most of these allegations have been made in the House of Assembly where parliamentary immunity is afforded.
The SLP’s level of seriousness about good governance is very questionable as it continues to parade innuendoes and ambiguities relating to the credibility of Mr. Joseph to send fear and panic to the general public.
It is clear that the SLP’s only interest is in scoring cheap political points and not championing the cause of good governance as it may want many to believe.
The law suit against UWP Leader Allen Chastanet and Chairman Ezekiel Joseph over alleged misappropriations of Taiwanese funds is another effort to defame the credibility of opposition politicians, and an obvious attempt by the ruling administration to divert the public’s attention from its own failings.
The SLP should in fact articulate its policy prescriptions for the scores of challenges confronting St. Lucia at this time on a range of issues including: the economy especially the widening deficit situation, health care, deficiencies in the education system among others.
The anguish and agony which these opposition politicians and their families have had to endure is unfortunate and is another example why many well-meaning St. Lucians are discouraged from serving in public office.
I therefore call on the SLP to elevate the level of the political discourse in the best interest of the development of the country.