Member of Parliament for Castries Central Richard Frederick has come out to condemn a recent statement made by leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet in a Barbados E-newspaper.
Frederick, a former UWP cabinet minister, said an article appearing in the Barbados Today on December 5, 2015 and captioned “I’ve walked in Mia’s shoes – Chastanet”, stated that he (Frederick) took the UWP to court.
Chastanet was quoted in the newspaper as saying: “He (Frederick) took the UWP to court on the eve of our convention and the court ruled against him…once you go through the process at the end of the day it was not the political leader who expelled the member, there is a process.”
According to the newspaper, Chastanet said that Frederick had refused to attend party meetings, accept him as political leader, and even made derogatory remarks about him and the party in the media.
The UWP leader was making a comparison between Frederick’s situation and the recent dismissal from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of Christ Church West MP, Dr. Maria Agard.
But the Castries Central MP refuted this, stating that it is a “blatant lie” and explained that Chastanet was named a respondent in the court matter, which does not name him as a party.
“He was present throughout the proceedings in which my absence was quite conspicuous,” he said.
Referring to the judgment in the matter, Frederick said the presiding judge asked a few pointed and extremely pertinent questions, specifically as it relates to where he was, why was it that he wasn’t pursuing the matter himself and whether he was interested in rejoining the UWP.
“My difficulty is why Mr. Chastanet knowing all of this, lie, in an interview in Barbados and told the paper that it was I who took the UWP to court and the court ruled against me? Was Mr. Chastanet under the misapprehension that having said so in Barbados I would have never have known?”
In answering the questions in the judgment, Frederick said he was at his “construction site” when the case was being heard. He also said that he didn’t pursue the matter personally, because he deemed it a waste of time.
The former minister went on to state that it is clear from the judgment that if he had pursued the matter personally, the outcome would probably be the same.
“I refer to page 17 of the judgment where the learned judge said and I quote: “It underscores the fact that the member, who was purportedly expelled, appeared hardly concerned to vigorously pursue any remedy. On that basis I have refused the injunction relief sort by this applicant,” he added.
Frederick said he stands by every word he has said about Chastanet, because he can supply evidence in support of his assertions. He concludes that Chastanet is “lost in the forest of lies.”
This newspaper was unable to reach Chastanet for a comment on this matter.