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Henry Slams Government’s Response To Crime

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SAINT LUCIA Labour Party (SLP) Senator Joachim Henry Tuesday slammed the government for what he claimed is its contemptuous attitude to issues of great concern to Saint Lucians and its handling of the crime situation.

He singled out Prime Minister Allen Chastanet in his attack, saying that Chastanet continues to display such an attitude.

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Joachim Henry

Henry was speaking at an SLP press conference convened to discuss issues such as flood mitigation works in Bexon, crime and gas prices.

“People hear things, allegations, but there is no pronouncement and, in my opinion, the Prime Minister has displayed this accumulative contemptuous, subtle, unconcerned attitude to issues in this country,” Henry said.

He pointed to the non-appointment of a Deputy Speaker for the House of Assembly, the termination of debate on the budget, the bludgeoning crime situation, government’s handling of the NICE programme and allegations swirling around Senator Jimmy Henry reportedly being stopped and searched at an airport, all of which, he said, were receiving no response from the government.

“We cannot allow Government to be indifferent to our cries for a more robust response to the frightening situation. The Saint Lucia Labour Party does not want to seem to be politicizing the desperate situation in the country, but we cannot continue to be silent and patient,” Henry said.

According to Henry, government’s response cannot be that the Prime Minister proceeded on 21 days’ vacation. [A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister this week said that the Prime Minister had proceeded on vacation leave for 21 days and will return to office end of this month — July 31].

“The people need answers. Every time we have a crisis in Saint Lucia, the Prime Minister must not respond by traveling overseas,” Henry said.

He also slammed the government on the crime situation in the country, saying that it was clueless, incompetent and confused on how to deal with crime.

“You will recall that during the election campaign, a key issue was the state of crime and, in particular, the number of homicides in Saint Lucia. The UWP was persistent in its criticism of SLP administration policies and programmes relating to law and order.

“You will also recall that it was a favourite pastime of the UWP to blame Dr. Kenny Anthony and Philip La Corbiniere for every homicide in Saint Lucia. In their final appeal to the electorate, “Prime Minister Chastanet stated categorically that he will make Saint Lucia safe again. He made a promise to the people of Saint Lucia that homicides will be curtailed and crime will be reduced. It was announced that Hermangild Francis would be appointed as Minister to deal with the crime situation.

“What has happened since June 2016? We have seen an escalation of homicides –19 between June 2016 and December 2016 and 30 since January 2017. For the period January to June 2016, there were 12 murders. Compared to January to June 2017, that’s 250% increase! And that’s only for homicides. We have seen an increase in robberies, rapes and violence,” Henry said.

According to Henry, Saint Lucians are yet to hear of any new policy or witnessed any new programme to reduce the crime.

“The Minister and the government seem to be clueless, incompetent and confused. Worse, there is a growing insensitivity from the Minister and Government to lawlessness which is pervading the country. The rising fear of our citizens is being totally ignored,” Henry said.

He continued: “We cannot allow Government to be indifferent to our cries for a more robust response to the frightening situation. The Saint Lucia Labour Party does not want to seem to be politicizing the desperate situation in the country, but we cannot continue to be silent and patient.”

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist Rick Wayne as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary, government and politics. Read full bio...

3 Comments

  1. Of course the crime problem is way out of hand but be sure the previous government did nothing to improve the situation with the courts and their ability to deal with crimes. In fact it could be said they did no maintenance on buildings to prevent further deterioration, didn’t provide resources for the justice system to function anywhere near a professional level, didn’t even appoint a replacement DPP prior to the known retirement of VCC. The list is long.
    Six of one and half a dozen of the other.

  2. ….get real Henry!……..Chastanet can’t stop Black People from killing each other:Chicago, 600 plus murders;….Jamaica close to date; and look at Trinidad…. it is a disease,….Bro!!

  3. It takes nearly 18 years to bring a gun-toting criminal to become menace to society. The laws we have are not designed to curb criminal activity. Our socialization to becoming grown-ups is much worse. When we have teenagers being born to teenagers we begin to see the problem. There is no foundation to bring up children with good education. The smart ones will do well in any situation. They can take care of themselves. It is the weak and poor ones who fall victim. Even their parents get involved as look-outs too.

    There is no kind of work in the world that pays so quickly and so well to buy things like Jordan’s sneakers as drug-related criminal activity. You do not need any type of education to do that. Do you see the gap that exists between schooling and jobs?

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