The United Workers Party (UWP) is implementing tighter security measures at its headquarters in La Clery following a burglary late last week.
According to reports, computers, files, and what the UWP termed “sensitive documents”, were removed during the incident.
The break-in comes as the political party prepares for its National Convention which is thought to be long overdue in certain quarters with speculation that Party Leader Stephenson King’s leadership will come into question when the session is convened.
King has been tight-lipped about the party’s National Council closed-door meeting held on October 14, indicating only that the Council was concerned with setting the agenda for the convention.
“The meeting was a normal National Council meeting which sought to set the agenda on the way forward leading into convention. A management committee was appointed to oversee the affairs leading into convention which has been mandated to be held before July next year,” King said.
The UWP leader has also shot down suggestions that there is discontent within the opposition camp over his performance as prime minister between 2007 and 2011.
His denial however contrasts events that took place after the defeat of the UWP at the 2011 polls. Both the party’s chairman and vice chairman, Clem Bobb and Oswald Augustin, respectively, resigned citing King’s weak performance as the main reason for their resignation.
They accused him of allowing certain members of Cabinet to exude power over him thus bringing his leadership into question and jeopardizing the UWP’s chances at re-election.
There is the school of thought that newcomer Dr. Gale Rigobert has been tapped as the next political leader of the UWP. Dr. Rigobert has however denied having any desire to lead the party at this time.
She is heading a committee that has been tasked to look into the reform of the party.