The United Workers Party (UWP) is still discussing whether its Castries Central Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Fredrick should be expelled or not, or what disciplinary action should be taken against his alleged errant behaviour.
Chairman of the party, Ezekiel Joseph, told St Lucia News Online (SNO) today: “It is still an ongoing matter, when we conclude it, the decision will be made public.”
The party’s disciplinary committee had recommended that Fredrick be dismissed from the UWP after he failed to show up at a meeting scheduled for Saturday, July 12.
The committee’s chairman Linwall James had refused to confirm or deny the reports, but said the report would be taken before the party’s national council meeting, where a decision is expected to be made regarding Frederick’s membership. That meeting was held last Sunday (July 27), but it is unclear whether the issue was brought up for discussion. Fredrick was not present for that meeting.
Reports indicate that both Frederick and former party leader Stephenson King have not been attending regular meetings of the party since the appointment of Allan Chastanet as leader.
It is also reported that James and UWP members Nicholas Frederick, Ali Landers, Eroline Lamontagne and Eldridge Stephens all voted to expel Frederick from the UWP during the last meeting.
Fredrick was accused of calling the party’s General Secretary Oswald Augustin a political failure and failed to attend three consecutive meetings of the party’s National Council.
However, according to the UWP constitution, none of these offenses, if they are offenses, can cause anyone to be expelled from the party.