UWP senator Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute responds to United Nations Ambassador Menissa Rambally

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UWP senator Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute responds to United Nations Ambassador Menissa Rambally
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Below is a press release from the main Opposition United Workers Party

UWP Senator Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute is appalled at the lame attempt of St Lucia’s UN Ambassador Ms. Menissa Rambally to shift blame and point fingers on the issue of St Lucia’s loss of voting rights at the United Nations rather than accepting the responsibility for which she is being paid.

Ms. Rambally is the one who presided over the withdrawal of St Lucia’s voting rights, a situation she had over one year and three months to rectify.

As one of the functionaries of the St Lucia Labour Party during the 2011 campaign, who was rewarded with a high-paying job, Ms. Rambally should be advised that the election campaign is over and it is now time to attend to addressing the realities of governance. The shameful finger-pointing and side-stepping of responsibility provides little confidence or hope in her approach to the handling of her high office.

As the former Minister for Youth and Sports, I would like to inform Ms Rambally, that the situation referred to at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium was one inherited and existed prior to 2007.  There were outstanding electricity and water bills prior to the assumption of office of the United Workers Party Administration.  Despite this, instead of the finger-pointing and blame game, as a responsible sports minister, I dealt with the situation to avert any disconnections at the facility.

Verification of this fact can be sought by Ambassador Rambally from the current Minister for Tourism and the Creative Industries, Hon. Lorne Theophulus, who was then in charge of Sports St Lucia Incorporated (SSI), having been appointed as chairman of that Board by my ministry during my tenure. It would be rather interesting for the general public to hear what Hon. Lorne Theophulus is able to recall about this whole ordeal, which occurred during his stewardship at SSI.

Ambassador Rambally will do well to understand that government is an on-going and continuous process and that there’s no such thing as one administration’s debt that is not the responsibility of the succeeding administration.

If I as then minister of sports were to adopt Ms Rambally’s approach to descend to this low level of cheap politicking, I could have cited many examples of inherited debt and other outstanding issues, including the NCA, which was dealt with during my tenure.  I felt however, that doing so would be nothing more than a dishonour to the office I held and a disservice to the people that I served. Therefore as an Ambassador, Ms. Rambally, you should know better!

As Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the UN, Ms. Rambally could do well to rise above the temptation to remain in the campaign mode of platform politics in perpetuity and recognize the demands, requirements and expectations of the most prestigious office she now holds.

Having permitted us to suffer the indignity of losing our vote at the United Nations for the first time in our nation’s history, please save us any further embarrassment. We should not have to listened to our UN Ambassador, sound like a mindless party hack on a political platform.

I am sure you can do better than that, your Excellency!

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  1. I wonder why St. Lucians keep harping about debt inherited by this present administration.Who incurred the debt? Is it not the same administration who when given a 16-1 mandate decided to increase our budget to seven figures. Did they not have cost over-runs on every project? When the last administration inherited their debt and had to run the country despite, is it not obvious that the debt ratio would be higher? It's high time uninformed St.Lucians keep their mouth shut and allow those who know to talk and comment. The SLP is still in campaign mode because they know that they did not win elections. Their most famous strategy is to spread propaganda make it seem like truth. If they say it often enough everyone will believe. Well you can't fool some people most of the time. Let us analyse the things said to us before we believe.

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  2. this is what happens when a party hack is appointed to high positions. They are incapable of separating their job and their affiliations. That position should always be a non-partisan one.

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  3. to all of those who beating their asses king di d a much better job than Kenny is doing now feona shut your ass and get a life

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  4. This is what happens when fools listen to man and not god, No man can promise u better days, but your self thru god. so live with it.

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  5. Just reading what all of you have written is evident of the division that politics has brought about.The UWP wouldn't have done anything differently lets face it they handed over the Country in this mess "recurrent deficit" that we are currently facing. i don't condone every behavior of the current administration. what i am more concerned about is our people! we are the ones driving our country deeper into the hell hole.

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  6. You know i always look at Melisa as nothing but a house wife who belongs in Marc cooking dinner for her man and nothing more , she is so petty did you here her on the phone talking to Tim . How did she even land in that position in the UN this is just a nother Kenny blunders.

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  7. i agree sandra! maybe we shud let king run the country again to see the real mess> agreeing to give 16% bcuz they ask for it and he cah afford it? u eh hv to be a genius to figure tht out. simple i eh makin a dolar i cah spend 5. now tht debt ting tht happen again cuz king to busy trying to give every one wat the ask for not sitting and analyzing the situation before he make a decision hence the reason for our state today! like it or not a huge sum of money was loan3ed to pay the loan u'll gov left behind.

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  8. Very well said Spider. You are absolutely right. The blame game needs to stop. The focus should be on rectifying the issues as opposed to who is to blame for it. Government is an ongoing process!!! This red and yellow thing needs to stop cuz the way I see it both parties do bullshit when they're in power.

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  9. And that man claim he was a minister of government???? Choops!!! Both Spider and Menissa deserve each other. We have two freaks that are low down on blame and politics than substance. I shay!!!

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  10. You people are just so petty the point is this should not even be in the news head lines.Grenada had the same situation and a new Government who is not even a week old already pay there bill and rs-store there rights to vote again, i am not saying Spider is perfect but we need to give jack his jacket and he is spot on Melisa had a lot of time to fix this situation and she did not why cant we as ST LUCIANS stop our bull shit and our red and yellow party garbage and unite for a better ST LUCIA even our Children can see how petty we are .

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  11. Sandra are u listening to urself?????? Exactly what you are saying there is what this present adminstration is doing blaming the previous government. and what is the blame about?????? every party that comes into power is the same dam think so..........

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  12. Wow....one day both parties will stop the blame game and spindoctoring. Ppl who blindly support any political party are equally to blame for the downfall of a nation. Just deal with the matters and stop the politricking both YELLOW & RED! No wonder our youth are so disenfranchised.

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  13. Spider when you were in Government you kept your mouth shut of all the wrong doings that was going on under your nose, now that you are out you want to come and talk papyshow. You and your government at the time are the ones to be blamed, so shut the hell up.

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    • sandra...You're more like a Brick_House! not much happening upsrairs. Please keep your piehole under lock down thanks.

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      • wow'..Sandra is just embarrassed that her Government is in power & the country is in a total mess.Let ppl like Sandra feel like complete morons for letting this administration back in when they were already booted out before.'stupidity never fails to amuse me'

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