Over a week after disgruntled residents of Castries Central hung effigies of Sarah Flood-Beaubrun in response to her performance, the Member of Parliament has announced that she plans to hold a press conference next week to reveal plans to tackle unemployment and other issues in her constituency.
Flood-Beaubrun, who is also Minister in the Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters outside the House of Parliament on Tuesday that she understands the frustration of the residents.
She announced plans to launch a youth programme dubbed Synergy that address their concerns.
Referring to her New Year’s address, the minister said job creation continues to be her number one priority.
She said: “We can only work with what we’ve been provided with, and of course, we know the unemployment situation is very serious. We have managed to bring it down since we’ve been in government and we can’t employ everybody at the same time. But … of course I understand the frustration. Absolutely, because I see it day in, day out when I meet people. I understand it. It’s real. And so my role is to provide opportunities for young people and for persons within the constituency and I think when I invite you next week, to see how we rolling out the plans, you will be happy and you will be very excited.”
Last week, residents took to the streets and did a mock hanging of the MP using effigies. In doing so they criticised the elected politician, saying she failed to deliver on her promises to tackle the unemployment situation in the constituency.
A number of residents expressed their views with HTS and other media houses.
On resident said: “We vote for that woman, we campaign, we rally, we do all kind of thing and right now we seeing the same set of people that was voting against us, them people that getting all the work and we not getting nothing gasa. When is time for election, gasa you was in the Grave Yard with us every day. You check it. Every day you playing you is our friend, things go get better. We go get this, we go get that, and look all now there gasa, we just there the same way gasa. You all not giving us no work nothing. Every day we have to come to your office and is like beg we begging for work. We cah take it again gasa. That is pappishow. We cah take it again.”
One Dylan Butcher also remarked: “The fellas tired of false promises, you check it. Now the Wilton Yard is separated in many different places. Now, one set getting, one set eh getting nothing. Now the fellas frustrated with that. We want work too. We eh want her to be giving one set and she eh giving the next set. One set eating, the next set not eating. So one belly fulling, the next set hungry. That’s how I seeing it.”
The residents have instead praised Mayor of Castries Peter Francis for doing a better job with Castries. They have suggested replacing the MP with the mayor.
One resident said: “You never came back to sit with us or to see with us or to represent us. For instance we have a multipurpose court. Only tennis that playing on the court. We have so many young footballers, talented little boys and big girls and little girls playing. They well talented. We cannot have nobody playing football on the court. Tennis alone. White people alone that coming on the court and thing. Sarah Flood, ah wah, she have to go. She has to go and make way for them mayors. Looks like the mayor that doing everything for central, so she have to go.”
Flood-Beaubrun is however confident that next week’s press conference will be very encouraging.
“I said I don’t want to pre-empt myself but I think if you are patient enough, next week we will have an opportunity where you will see exactly what we are doing to create employment, live and direct. And I think you will be very encouraged,” she said.