Member of Parliament for Castries South East Guy Joseph has declared that the statements he made at a recent United Workers Party (UWP) rally held in Micoud was misconstrued.
Joseph also clarified that his statements which suggested that newcomers to the UWP should “take the line” was in no way meant to disrespect anyone or gender biased.
Some believe Joseph’s statement was directed at Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, who will be contesting for the leadership position of the UWP, but Joseph said this is not true.
“I was making the comment on the basis of the circumstances that have developed in the UWP over the last three years since Mr. Chastanet became the political leader,” Joseph stated.
He pointed to remarks he made at the rally where he pointed out that persons from outside of the UWP were invited to join the group and placed at the helm, only to leave after things doesn’t work in their favour.
“Anybody who wants to be prime minister must not be prime minister based not on gender but based on ability and commitment to this country,” Joseph added.
The UWP MP said while some people are of the view that the time has come for a woman to lead the St. Lucia government, but he believes that such a person must prove their worth and their ability.
He also revealed that he has turned down one of nomination for the deputy leader of the UWP and have decided to throw his support behind a female UWP member in the person of Dr. Gale Rigobert.