RCI St. Lucia
posted on February 17, 2014 09:42
Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South, Mr. Arsene James, has refuted claims that the Political Leader of the United Workers Party, Mr. Allen Chastanet, wrote him a letter requesting that he, Mr. James, give up his constituency seat to allow the new political leader to run a safe election.
On Wednesday last week, talk show host and President of the Senate, Mr. Claudius Francis, read the entire letter that Mr. Chastanet allegedly sent to Mr. James on his Radio 100 morning programme. Mr. James says that while he did not listen to the programme, he is disappointed that Mr. Francis would choose to read a fictitious letter over the air instead of carrying out a thorough investigation.
Since the reading, many have questioned the legitimacy of the letter highlighting that there is no signature at the bottom of the page. The letter, which is dated, June 5th, 2013, has become the hottest topic on social media with contributors requesting that Mr. Francis prove his findings. Instead, the President of the Senate replied stating that it is not his place to prove anything.
Mr. James says he is rather confused to learn of Mr. Francis’ statement, who, according to him, was one of three individuals who threatened a lawsuit against a renowned journalist for reading what was believed to be a fictitious article over the air waves.
According to James, the Party has not held any such talks with him about the possibility of Mr. Chastanet taking over his constituency. Such talks, he added, proves that the Saint Lucia Labour Party feels intimidated by the continued and successful efforts to restructure the UWP. James says, while questions are being raised about his retirement plans, such a decision can only be determined by his constituents should they decide to choose a new representative.
When contacted for reaction to the United Workers Party claim, Mr Claudius Francis indicated that he did not wish to comment on the matter. He would only say that if the letter is fictitious, then the United Workers Party should know what to do.