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Recently, some in the UWP have been ridiculously accusing the SLP – while in Opposition – of causing the US State Department to cancel the US visas of Castries Central MP Richard Frederick.
Then, after Allen Chastanet successfully challenged Stephenson King for the leadership of the UWP, top UWP officials – now in opposition – publicly accused the SLP of instigating division inside the UWP.
Now that more UWPees are opposing Chastanet and his faction following their hostile takeover from Stephenson King and the power struggle is intensifying within, the UWP leadership is again pointing accusing fingers at the SLP.
UWP General Secretary Oswald “Ossie Boy” Augustin is now claiming that the SLP is responsible for the formation of the growing splinter group within the UWP that calls itself FACTS (Flambeau Activists Called To Service).
The UWP splinter group has been increasing its calls for Allen Chastanet to release his choke hold on the party and earlier this week called on Guy Joseph to resign following revelations in parliament about his handling of taxpayers money while serving as a UWP government minister.
The UWP General Secretary, like his leader Allen Chastanet and fellow Flambeau Guy Joseph, know that the SLP is not behind the UWP faction that’s causing them increasing political embarrassment with each passing day.
The UWPees were told way back in time – several years ago – by none other than their former Political Leader and Prime Minister, Dr Vaughn Lewis that “the substance of governance is on Labour’s side.”
Instead of acknowledging Dr Lewis’ admonition, the present UWP leadership is swimming against the strong political tide threatening to drown it from within.
However, General Secretary, Oswald Augustin, should explain to Saint Lucians today, what his role was in preventing the late Sir John Compton from retaining his parking lot in the William Peter Boulevard after the UWP lost the general elections in 1979.
If he is really interested in honesty and truth, Mr Augustin should also admit and explain to the UWP what his role was in opposing Sir John Compton and the UWP, as a ‘cardboard soldier’ and as a candidate of George Odlum’s Progressive Labour Party (PLP) in 1982.
Meanwhile, the UWP General Secretary and Political Leader owe supporters a response to the popular call by the UWP splinter group called FACTS for Guy Joseph to resign his Castries South East seat on account of the exposures made in the House by the current Infrastructure Minister and the condemnation of his actions by fellow UWP MP Richard Frederick.