The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) is urging all St. Lucians to demand from government a greater security and justice system that can assist with the development of the island.
LPM leader Therold Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) recently that it’s embarrassing that people do not feel a sense of security because of the increased criminal activities.
“As long as we continue to accept old ideas, ideas that have absolutely no meaning and no basis for improvement, which Dr. Kenny Anthony is presenting at the moment, then we are going nowhere,” he told SNO.
Prudent pointed to the increased number of gun-related crime, break-and-enter and petty crime as reasons people are fearful and continue to live in discomfort.
The LPM leader recalled that when the United Workers Party (UWP) was in office, his party (LPM) suggested a National Consultation on Crim to bring the people, experts and stakeholders together to find resolutions to crime.
Prudent told SNO that the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) at the time, not wanting to align itself with the LPM, came up with a “Symposium for Crime”, which was essentially saying the same things that the LPM plan entailed – and the former government did not accept it.
To date, he said the SLP is yet to implement the symposium and find any concrete avenue in addressing the level of crime on the island.
“One of the reasons why politicians are reluctant in doing so is because they are afraid of hearing from the people directly. They are afraid of constructive criticism,” Prudent stated.
He said he has already challenged Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony on several security issues, but according to him, Dr. Anthony has failed to act upon them. The LPM leader said the government must assist with the overall improvement of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.
He urged government to root out “corrupt elements” within the police force and provide better equipment and training. He said while some police officials are doing their best, others are not.
“An LPM government will ensure that the police have the equipment and the intelligence.”
Further, Prudent stated that the judiciary system is a failure and does not allow for a fair hearing. He advised that the government fix the current system before thinking about signing on to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
“Unless St. Lucians are given a referendum to decide whether they want to join the CCJ then they can’t accept that. This is a democracy. If you can’t take care of your own judicial system here, how you will take care of the CCJ?” Prudent asked.