THE IMPACS MYSTERY CONTINUES IS IT REAL OR IS IT COUNTERFEIT?
Our competing political parties obviously believe public accountability is not nearly as important to the electorate as are obeah and chembois. And they could be right. On Tuesday evening MBC featured, conceivably as primetime entertainment, a professed agent of God duking it out with fellow Seventh Day Adventist and local media honcho Clinton Reynolds around the arresting topic of spiritism and the ballot box.
Shortly before the hot-gospelers got underway Reynolds took the on-camera opportunity to shred and set aside an apology demand from a law firm on behalf of senate president, HTS show host, and Saint Lucia Labour Party chairman Claudius Francis. From his lawyer’s perspective he was also “a respected and renowned insurance broker and highly respected radio and television personality . . . well respected for his opinions on all matters of public interest . . . for telling it like it is as his views have always been thoroughly researched and sound.” Additionally: “These important trusted opinions he holds and held is due to the strength of his character and his good reputation . . .”
The following day, despite a determined effort by
Newsspin’s Timothy Poleon to discuss a recent court ruling that established the government’s right to choose its legal representatives regardless of what opposition MP Guy Joseph and his political associates MPs might think to the contrary, politics and voodoo dominated.
Days earlier the RCI presenter had been required to issue his own apology to the senate president, this time in relation to a news item on Choice News Now, until Monday also hosted by Poleon. Soon afterward the ubiquitous veteran newsman had ended his relationship with the program for reasons he evidently prefers to keep in his pocket.
As I say, with so much going on—from reports of egregious sexual abuse to unresolved sudden deaths and shocking demands on three media houses, not to mention a couple of opposition-party operatives—public discussion nevertheless has centered this week on the impact of obeah on local politics. Even Darren Sammy took a back seat to that.
Albeit certain allegations from the opposition party’s platform may this time around have triggered the devilish discourse, such talk has for some time now been commonplace in the season of elections: hairless werewolves have reportedly been trapped by the nuts in Choiseul. Uniquely talented Haitians have been secretly imported to do for local politicians what they could not do for Papa and Baby Doc and Aristide; water shortages have been blamed on election hopefuls who had taken up to 20 spellrepelling baths a day, for several months before Polling Day.
I well recall a time shortly before elections when candles