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!