The Flambeau Activists Called to Service (FACTS) has issued a call for the resignation of United Workers Party (UWP) Leader Allen Chastanet.
In a statement to media, the organisation referred to Chastanet as having a “divisive and destructive attitude” with “no respect” for the St. Lucian electorate.
In the statement, FACTS gave various reasons why it wants the UWP leader to step down.
The entire press statement has been posted below:
It is with total disgust that we, the members of FACTS have sat idly by and observe the divisive and destructive attitude of Allen Chastanet, a seat-less and electorally-rejected, self-imposed leader.
Chastanet’s utterances leave one with no choice but to conclude that he has no respect for the St. Lucian electorate, and no regard for their constitutionally exercised choices, by electing their district representatives.
Preceding the convention, like the Labour Party had done, promises of a tremendous influx of cash would have inundated the coffers of the United Workers Party. In both instances, our people were duped!
Chastanet’s financially deceptive posture had essentially meant that he could not, at the time, at least to the delegates of the UWP, have said anything wrong.
It was against this backdrop that Chastanet said quite openly, that he cannot, and will not work with Stephenson King and Richard Frederick. From among party members and newcomers, he formed his “A” team and excluded long-serving stalwarts and elected representatives. His “divide and rule” intentions were being manifest.
King has been in elective politics for the last 32 years. He has been democratically elected on five occasions. He served as chairman of the OECS Authority, chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Authority, and was president of the Caribbean Youth Conference. He served on the boards of National Housing Corporation and the Castries City Council. He has been general secretary and chairman of the UWP.
He stands out as a prime minister, who handled, with utmost diligence and fortitude, tremendous calamities, both natural and man-made, that any PM can ever imagine facing in his/her entire prime ministerial career, farless in one term.
Upon being sworn as prime minister, having the mandate to form his cabinet, King still maintained the unelected Allen Chastanet as a minister of government despite the ease with which he could have discharged Chastanet at that point. In the interest of St. Lucia and St. Lucians he chose to work with everyone. When the UWP was defeated 16-1, he was the sole flambeau loyalist who attempted to keep that flame alive.
Frederick as well, has won three consecutive elections, the first being as an independent candidate against a seating government, and the last on the hills of his visa revocation saga.
Chastanet on the other hand, has been a member of the UWP for no more than two years. He could not defeat Dalson despite all his resources, that of his father, that of the Taiwanese, that of the government, that of the Tourist Board and that of the Soufriere Town Council, for which he has now been hauled before the courts. He does not have and is very unlikely to win a parliamentary seat. Yet, despite all of this, Chastanet continues to show, quite blatantly, his political naïveté’s, by crossing swords with these politically experienced foxes.
Chastanet, your divisive and destructive utterances are not in keeping with the first word of the acronym UWP, being united for
reasons which we shall not disclose here and now, we don’t expect you to unite with St. Lucia’s lesser mortals, so we exhort you to resign from our United Workers Party, and leave the party to the true flambeaus, those who honestly and sincerely care about the plight of our St. Lucian people.