Several bold promises were made by United Workers Party (UWP) member, Hermangild Francis, on Sunday when he addressed his party’s rally at Grande Riviere, Gros Islet.
Francis told supporters that once the UWP is elected to office, within the first six months, several major issues will be seriously looked at with the intention of having them changed.
The former Deputy Police Commissioner declared that one of the first things the UWP plans to do, is bring down the cost for ticket fines from $500 to a manageable price and have a dedicated traffic department.
He said the UWP will also bring back legal aid, have a dedicated coroner’s court to deal with inquests, and work hard to reduce the current remand population.
Francis also said that child maintenance is another sore point which the UWP hopes to address once it returns to government. The aim is to provide greater support for single mothers.
“We must raise this foolishness of giving a woman $250 per month. No woman can raise or take care of a child on $250, but we know for a fact that this must be raised,” he added.
Further, the UWP plans to put laws in place to deal with officers who abuse their authority, something that was cited in the 2015 US Human Rights Report as a major issue in Saint Lucia.
Francis who has been tipped to become National Security Minister in a UWP Cabinet, also said that the process of selecting a Police Commissioner will be changed.
He said under a UWP government, the candidate for Police Commissioner will have to go to Parliament and make his case before elected members of the House of Assembly.