Newly elected Chairman of the United Workers Party (UWP) Guy Mayers has urged members of the UWP to unite, remain focused and stop washing their “dirty linen in public.”
Mayers said no member of the UWP should be going to the media denigrating another member of the UWP, pointing to days when the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) had the same issues.
“When they talk among themselves, they talk about the disgust and the leadership of the country. But you know what, they learnt their lesson the hard way,” he explained.
According to Mayers, back in the 1980’s and 1990’s the SLP consistently “washed its dirty linen in public” and this caused Saint Lucians to turn their back on the Labour Party.
The former national security minister claims that when he talks to most of the ministers of government privately, “they will tell you how they are disgusted with the leadership of Kenny Anthony.”
“But do you hear any of them coming to the media and talking against Kenny Anthony?” drawing the point that members of the UWP should do the same.
“It is time that the UWP understand that when it goes to the media bad-talking your members, you are doing damage to the whole family of the UWP and this must stop as of today,” he asserted.
Mayers suggested that if a member has a problem with him as chairman or with the party leader, they should seek to speak with him or whosoever it is they have an issue with, and resolve the issue privately.
“Let us stop washing our dirty laundry in public. It does nothing to help the cause of the UWP and Saint Lucia as a whole,” the long-standing UWP politician added.
He said the mission is to defeat the SLP at the next elections and his role is to prepare each constituency for that major event. The party, he said, must ensure too that all 17 delegates are on the ground within the shortest time.
Mayers told attendees of the UWP convention that the prime minister could call elections within 21 days and said they should not be too surprised if elections are set by the end of this year.
He said, “Let us ensure that the reorganizing of our party continues. We want every UWP member on board. The train is leaving, it is leaving the station as of today, and everybody needs to be on board.”
Mayers said the UWP must win the next elections to “restore good governance” to the country.