The government has countered suggestions that it has neglected and discriminated against the people of Bexon, as the community seeks to recover from the Christmas Eve trough.
A press release from the Office of the Prime Minister, apparently in response to comments from parliamentary representative for Castries South East Guy Joseph, has labelled the accusations as false, malicious and reckless.
The government said it has taken “strong objection” to such statements and assured that measures were taken to improve conditions for Bexon residents shortly after the trough. The release also pointed out that heavy equipment were on hand to remove debris in the area within hours of the passage of the weather system.
The entire government press release has been printed below:
The attention of the Government of Saint Lucia has been drawn to certain statements made by the Parliamentary Representative for Castries South-East, towards the end of the past week. Guy Joseph alleged that the people of Bexon are being neglected, suffer discrimination and supplies are not getting to those affected. He claimed too that the clearance of the Marc River and drains are being neglected.
The Government of Saint Lucia takes strong objection to those statements and denounces them as false, reckless and malicious.
Within hours of the trough, tractors were helping to clear areas affected by the heavy rains, in Marc and Bexon. Tractors and equipment cannot be hidden.
Of the mattresses received, a first amount of forty four new mattresses out of an initial of fifty were distributed to the people of Marc and Bexon through the local Disaster Committee. NEMO ensured that food supplies and water were distributed without fail to the people of the Constituency.
On New Year’s Eve, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony visited areas affected by floods in Marc, saw first-hand the plight of several households, and spoke to residents about their experiences. Interestingly, many who were SLP supporters complained that they were discriminated against when supplies of food, water and beds were available.
It is common place to target the people of Vieux Fort on occasions like this, because the constituency is represented by the prime minister.
The people of Vieux Fort have been stoic and resilient and suffered their plight in relative silence. It is a blatant lie to claim that four containers of water came to Vieux Fort and cannot be accounted for. Guy Joseph is invited to submit to NEMO and the Police formal evidence of the disappearance of water supplies in Vieux Fort.
The Government of Saint Lucia will not tolerate the theft of relief supplies whether by parliamentarians or otherwise.