SLP Castries South East candidate: “My politics is different”

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SLP Castries South East candidate: “My politics is different”
Joachim Henry Photo credit: Marius Modeste
Joachim Henry Photo credit: Marius Modeste
Joachim Henry. * Photo credit: Marius Modeste

Newly-announced candidate for the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Joachim Henry said he’s ready to take on his new role as a politician and is focused on helping the people.

Henry, who will be contesting the Castries South East Constituency at the next elections, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview on Monday (Dec.7), “My politics is different.”

“It is not about the individual. It’s about the projects and activities that need to happen for the people,” he said.

Henry said he stands a chance of being a “unique parliamentarian”, because if elected into office, he plans to meet with people of various communities within the constituency, regularly.

“It’s very difficult to have one constituency office in one location and expect all persons, where there are pockets of poverty, to access the MP’s office. I would have a mobile office and we will be in different locations on my constituency days to maximise coverage of the people I serve,” he told SNO.

The SLP candidate said this is just one of the things he intends to do “differently”, explaining that his idea came about by listening to the concerns of the people within that constituency.

“If I could make a contribution and usher in a different way of doing things, I think it would set a foundation for whoever comes after, to continue along those lines,” he added.

Henry, who has been in the public service for over 20 years, said people need to be empowered and feel dignified about themselves, something that he is committed to making possible.

He continued: “I do not believe in handouts, as much as I believe we need to provide for persons who cannot…just like you have persons with disabilities in a family, they are not a liability, but a blessing and we need to care for that person. This has been the doctrine of the SLP.”

He expressed confidence in helping to intensify and promote these plans, while noting that even if certain communities lack certain things, they still need to celebrate what they currently have.

Henry, who is also the executive director of Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF), has had first-hand experience dealing with poverty reduction programmes and have served a number of communities over the years, and knows of the challenges and difficulties different households face.

“I have a people-centered approach and I will help to bring about hope to communities and households by providing opportunities that are different, and that they could continue to take care of their families. I hope they will encourage their children to strive because a lot what we try to achieve for our country, will not be achieved in one generation. It takes time, so people need to be patient about development.”

Henry said he will be truthful and honest with people about what is feasible and what is not.

“I will be practical with people as to what they should do to provide themselves with opportunities. There may not be jobs, but if you are untrained, when an opportunity comes you will not be able to take advantage of it. I believe in creating opportunities, as well as preparing people, particularly in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, to take advantage and participate,” he added.

Asked about how he feels about contesting against the incumbent Castries South East MP Guy Joseph, Henry said he is not focused on his opponent, but is rather focused on creating projects that will help to lift the people of Castries South East, and that will encourage growth and development.

“Over the years I have understood that our leaders want us to focus on serving the people and not be political about it, irrespective of what some people believe. If I’m to focus on an individual then when the election is done what do I do? I am focused on the people,” he asserted.

Henry said he is already aware of the negative statements being made about the SLP announcing his candidacy, while he is still working in the public service, but explained that he will be heading to leave by the end of this week and will resign from that position thereafter.

The SLP candidate said he has decided on his own, not to accept a senior position at his church. He has also tendered his resignation with two agencies, including the National Community Foundation.

Meanwhile, Joseph told a Micoud rally on Sunday evening that Dr. Kenny Anthony should have done an audit of Henry and said the SLP would have to de-endorse him before the next elections.

Joseph said, “The books we have on him are thicker than the books that we have in the parliament of Saint Lucia. I will supply the information to the people of Saint Lucia.”

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  1. Not giving handouts has been the doctrine of the SLP?! What planet is he from. What do you call STEP and the like. The SLP has oppressed St. Lucian's.

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  2. Mangal i feel your pains but they just did not let you run again because you are a loser.Forward ever backward never.So don't be jealous of Henry.Embrace him my friend.You just want to start a roro like uwp.

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  3. honestly st Lucians did you all forget why uwp went out of power then you all want these same persons back seriously chastnet didn't even win his seat last time uwp has no unity first of all Guy Joseph speaking about Christianity he needs to go to God and repent he is a thief all he did was steal the country's tax money people yall need to wake up that ould be the worst thing for st Lucia if uwp comes back in power and i am also grateful for the creation of the nice programme as a single mom now i could put food on the table

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  4. I have yet to see one SLP MP stand up against Kenny...well except Sarah. Sir, you may come with all your good intentions but the fact that you would support such an oppressive government who has no regard for the poor in this country makes me question you. People have no work, and instead of building an economy where people can have stable employment the SLP implements STEP and gives these people $300 - 500 twice a year. I mean really???!!!! Look at the hospitals... no supplies...if the SLP really cared for St. Lucians, would we have such a dismal health care....national hospitals with NO supplies. I could literally cry typing this because I'm seeing that St. Lucia is just getting worse and worse. They fool us with a few roads and make us think that they are doing something. Well sir, I hope that should you win (which I doubt) that you can address these issues which I outlined, assistance for the poor, employment and healthcare. Otherwise, I don't care about your different politics...because we all know you will fall in line behind Kenny...PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG!

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  5. Oui mamma! Just take a look at what the SLP has dragged in.

    SLP is telegraphing in no uncertain terms that it is creating a ministry to clean up sargassum.

    So it has endorsed as a candidate, its Chief Sanitation Officer!

    Woye! Why-a-yayhe! Ma ma yoh, me misere!

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  6. Man the most I heard from you was when UWP was in office. Seems like you were attending functions all over the island. SLP came in and all I heard was SSDF purchasing property in coubaril. Well boy see how you can get them to notice you and give you work to do? Where is donnavon? Even him they pit in the back yards like you.

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  7. Different kind of politics? Sure, until you get into politics! You should have resigned already, so you're already starting off on the wrong foot.

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  8. LAMB FOR THE SLAUGHTER .....THATS WHY HENRY MANGAL (OR WHATEVER MANGAL CANINE THING) WAS SO UPSET LAST WEEK! POLITICS IS LIKE THE GRAVY TRAIN....ALTEAST THE CANDIDATES THINK THAT THEY ARE HOPPING ON THE GRAVY TRAIN.....BUT YOU NEED TO BE A GRAVY TRAINED BRED DUDE TO GET ON THE GRAVY TRAIN! IF YOU HAD NOT ALREADY SHOWN SIGNS OF BEING GRAVY TRAINISH BEFOREHAND, THEN THERE IS NO WAY THAT YOU ARE GETTING ON! PLUS THE LABOUR PARTY IS LIKE THE INDIAN CASTE SYSTEM....BASICALLY, THERE ARE RUNGS/CLASSES OF SUPPORTERS....THERE ARE LIKE TOP DOG INNER CIRCLE DOGS LIKE KENNY, ERNEST, CLAUDIASS, JADIA....AND THE OTHER DOCTORED PEOPLE, THEN THERE ARE THE TRUE BELIEVERS (SLAPPERS UNITE (IN 50CENT'S VOICE!)), THEN THERE ARE THE HANGERS ON WITH SOMETHING TO OFFER, THEN THERE ARE THE EVERYDAY LUCIAN LABOUR FOR LIFERS , THEN THERE ARE THE JOHNNY COME LATELIES, THEN THERE ARE THE POLITARIATS...AND THEN...THEN...THEN THERE ARE THE UNDERDOG/BACKBENCHERS/WANNABEES ({PEP & CYPRIAN LANSIQUOT AND THAT SPORTS MINISTER DUDE PLEASE STAND UP})....THIS LAST CATEGORY ARE THE WORST. THEY ARE SO SIMPLE BECAUSE THEY SERVE ABSOLUTELY NO PURPOSE. THEY ARE SIMPLY PLACEHOLDERS IN THE CABINET, PUT IN PLACE TO RUBBERSTAMP THE MAJEE THAT PASSES FOR BETTER DAYS. ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE PARTY AND THEY ARE GIVEN USELESS MINISTRIES TO RUN, WHILE THE REAL BIG DOGS MAKE LOVE TO THE TRUEBELIEVING SLAPPERS...I MEAN TRUE BELIEVERS! ITS TRUELY AMAZING! UTTERLY DUMBFOUNDING! MY QUESTION TO THIS DUDE IS THIS: WHO WILL PAY YOUR MORTGAGE WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE EYES OF THAT POLITICAL GOD CALLED GUY JOSEPH AT THE BALLOT BOX AND REALIZE THAT HE READS THE BIBLE AND THE ART OF WAR EVERY MORNING?! THAT GUY MADE MENISSA CRY ORGASMIC TEARS AT THE END OF 2006.....SO MUCH SO THAT SHE HAD TO GO OUT AND DO A MASTERS....NEVERMIND THAT SHE IS THE SEXIEST REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN....THE HOTTEST DEPLOMAT,NOT COUNTING JUFALEE'S DAUGHTER! MY BOY YOU JUST ENTERED THE TERROR DOME....THAT SNARL WILL GET YOU NOWHERE.....YOU ARE TO GUY JOSEPH WHAT SUPERLIPS WAS TO COMPTON.....A POLITICAL BRAM BRAM! SAY HELLO TO PEP AND CYPRIAN LANSIQUOT ON THE BENCH! TOODALOOH! WORD TO NASTY SLP SLAPPERS BOTH HERE AND THE WORLD OVER!

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    • I TOTALLY AGREE! HOW CAN THIS GUY EVER BEAT GUY? KENNY ANTHONY JUST LOST THE ELECTIONS! HE SHOULD HAVE SENT UP PETRUS OR LACORBINIERE....THE POOR MAN JUST LOOSE HIS PENSION, HIS MORTGAGE WILL NOT GET PAID AFTER THE ELECTION AND HE WILL HAVE TO MOVE TO BARBADOS WITH THE REST OF THE SLAPPERS....POOR JAB! MAYSIAYE.....KENNY DONT NEED TO WORK! NEITHER DOES JADIA WHO MAKE 8000 A MONTH(WHILE THE OTHER SLAPPERS SLAP AWAY ON SLAP ON FACEBOOK...SUPER SLAPPING MFKRS!) ....THATS 8000 X 48 = 600000! SO JADIA HAS MADE 600000 PLUS PER DIEM, PLUS TRAVELING ALLOWANCE, PLUS GETTING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EVERYONE WHO COMES TO HER....WHILE THIS DUDE IS PUTTING HIS NECK ON THE LINE SO THAT THE LABOUR ELITE CAN KEEP TRAVELING THE WORLD AND MAKING LOVE TO CARIBBEAN MEN AND FRENCH MEN ALL OVER THE CARIBBEAN REGION AND ZURICH, AND WHILE HILAIRE GETS TO HAND OUT DEPLOMATIC PASSPORTS TO SAUDI PLAYBOYS WHO CRASH CARS AND RACE AROUND LONDON SO THAT THEY CANNOT GET ARRESTED OR PAY THEIR SUPERMODEL WIVES! THEY NERVE OF THIS DUDE TO EVER GO AGAINST GUY! GUY JOSEPH IS THE MOST BRILLIANT POLITICIAN TO EVER GRACE THE FRONT PAGE OF A MANIFESTO! GUY JOSEPH IS THE ONLY LUCIAN TO EVER PROBABLY OWN AN APPLE FARM, SAVE PJP.....U MY BOY WILL GO THE WAY OF THE OFT MENTIONED MANGAL.....YOU LIKE MANGAL TRIED TO OPEN UP YOURSELF TOO QUICKLY....STARTING WITH A LITTLE SHED, AND THEN THINKING THAT YOU HAVE A CONGLOMERATE, ONLY FOR THE REAL GOODIES TO GO TO A HELICOPTER OWNING SELFTITLED TYCOON WHO GIVES FREE BUSINESS ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE THAT HE WOULDNT TAKE HIMSELF CUZ THE GAME IS ALL RIGGED FOR HIM! STUPID MAN YOU JOACHIM DUDE.....BAD MAN FACE! YOU GO SEE YOURSELF WHEN GUY FINISH WITH YOU (I KNOW THAT YOU ARE READING THIS AND WISH THAT YOU CAN GO BACK IN TIME AND ASK KENNY NOT TO SEND YOU!)

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      • You sound like you wish you were in Jadias shoes... UWP is the most disorganized, back stabbing political party. This battle has been over since UWP lost the last election. They had a chance to prove their worth but all they did was fight among themselves like uneducated fools... Guy himself is the most embarrassing of them all with the way he likes to point fingers when he knows damn well he is just as guilty as his fellow parliamentarians. As far as I am concerned, Joachim is a far better candidate...for more many reasons.
        1. He has many years of experience working with the St.Lucia social development fund. An organization which is known to serve the people.
        2. Joachim is known to have great interactive skills with persons in general and is appreciated by many.
        3. Joachim is known to be a humble but positively influential man.
        4. Joachim Has represented st.lucia in many social development seminars over the globe.
        5. Joachim has very humble beginnings and can relate to the issues of the people.
        6. Joachim has worked under the power of both parties and has maintained good standing, professional and ethical relationships with both leaders.

        Many are called but few are chosen, I have no doubt that Joachim was chosen.

        Whoever you are...do your research before you come and blab about irrelevant detail such as salaries. I'm surprised you did not mention Guy Joseph's salary too.

        Have a good night.

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  9. SNO I am wondering whether you could have used a better pic of Mr Henry. I don't know the individual personally but this pic gives the impression that he is arrogant.

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  10. You knew you would have been endorsed as the SLP candidate, so why is it you did not resign from the public service before your candidacy. Wasn't that the same thing Gena
    Cornell did, and it was deemed wrong. Now you will not accept a senior position at your church because you know bobol and church just don't mix

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    • lol thats a good one. I think he has good intentions but he does not realise that he has to fall in line and do what ever the party wants, not what you want as a christian or as an individual. Emma came with such fire and noble intentions , remember the gambling machines and then what happened? She was a former hard line auditor and fraud investigator, tell me how has she used this to help the party or government. What became of the case with the coubaril residents and all the money government shelled out for the SSDF building? not a word about this anymore. Well I still wish him well and lots of luck ..may stand a good chance with Hilare at the helm.

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  11. Garcon you lose already. Say what you want about guy but he always has a nice face. But you with that saloptay face that alreadt looking arrogant before you even start is bound to chase even little children away. CHOOPS!

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  12. You sure right your politics is different. With a screwed up face how can your politics be different. Listern pal just understand there is nothing different about how Kenny does things. The Kenny ive voted for twice before is the same old kaki pants and you as his little wanner be helper arent going to be any better.

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  13. Guy Joseph needs to supply this book he claims to have because as far as I am concerned all Bobolists know each other. Both parties must present books on how to become millionaires in 5 years.

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