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Castries Mayor and Vendors Association President set for another verbal battle

Image of Peter Ras Ipa Isaac and Mayor Peterson Francis

ANOTHER row is set to take place between Castries Mayor Peterson Francis and the President of the Saint Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Association Peter ‘RasIpa’ Isaac.

It all began with comments made by Francis at Tuesday’s launch of the Vendors Registration Programme at City Hall, in which he called on vendors present to get themselves an association, apparently totally ignoring that headed by Isaac.

Image of Peter Ras Ipa Isaac and Mayor Peterson Francis
Peter Ras Ipa Isaac and Mayor Peterson Francis

Said Francis, “Ladies and gentlemen, you need a vendors association. You need an association that will help you.

“You do not need an association that will help executive members of the association. The association is supposed to benefit all members.

“I am imploring you all. There is a lot we can do for you, but we cannot because we do not have a properly-structured vending association, so please do something about it.”

Isaac, when contacted, said Francis knew that comments like what he made would get his (Isaac’s) attention, which it did.

Isaac said Francis’ statements were “out of place” and that the mayor was “meddling in affairs he has no right to meddle in.”

“This was not Francis’ place to make such statements. The Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) must forge relations with vendors, not create confusion,” Isaac commented. (More on this here)

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 issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

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