One month after dispatching a letter to Opposition Leader Stephenson King containing a detailed proposal aimed at offering relief to thousands of Saint Lucian citizens, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) says it has yet to receive an acknowledgement from King.
The letter, LPM said, proposed relief for those living in fear of crime, and more specifically, those who have become victims of home break-ins, often associated with the illegal cash for gold scheme; and have lost other valuable commodities to theft.
Reacting to the opposition’s silence, LPM leader Therold Prudent said the issue of crime is a matter that should weigh heavily on the minds of every Saint Lucian citizen who loves his or her country.
“However, it should have an even greater effect on those in echelons of power who have the responsibility of protecting our nation; including all those who aspire to one day replace the current government,” he said.
“The lack of enthusiasm or urgency in formulating a comprehensive plan to better manage the crime situation is worrisome at best. What we have had in Saint Lucia for the last 60 years is a circus of musical chairs between the United Workers Party and the Saint Lucia Labour Party, and of leaders who seem more interested in irrelevant political chatter than in building a serious national consensus appropriate enough to alleviate the social and economic concerns of the people of Saint Lucia.”
He said as long as the existing crop of leaders and their “respective political tribes continue to behave as if others of differing political persuasions are less than they are, or are incapable of possessing intelligent and practical ideas worthy of offering solutions to the nation’s woes, Saint Lucia will continuously remain at a great disadvantage”.
“Therefore, in light of the deafening silence from the leader of the opposition and his party, we believe that it would be in the interest of the people of Saint Lucia for King to state whether he agrees with the proposals offered, and if not, to apprise the nation on his party’s ideas on how to address the specific problem that has been identified,” he said.
“To date, while the prime minister of Saint Lucia has not formally responded to a separate letter that was sent to his attention, the LPM has received an acknowledgment of receipt from his cabinet secretary,” Prudent said.