“Baseless Accusations without Substantive evidence”- UWP responds to SLP Cries for Attention
“The SLP is used to making wild accusations without any substantive evidence.’’ This was the sentiment shared by UWP communication officer Nancy Charles as she spoke out against the SLP’s assertion about the illegality of the school bursary distribution.
According to a press release from the Saint Lucia Labour Party, its members claim to be “disturbed and concerned that the distribution of these funds has commenced absent of the involvement of our six (6) sitting Members of Parliament.”
The release included mention that it was common practice for the disbursement of funds to be made through the elected Member of Parliament, which has not taken place this time. Contact with the SLP’s Members of Parliament was also not adhered to, as indicated by the SLP’s public relations machinery.
With the SLP’s noninvolvement in the yearly school bursary distribution, it now seeks retribution, claiming that the process is unfair and illegal.
“These actions by the government are not only discriminatory and unlawful but, in addition, they seek to relegate the duly elected Saint Lucia Labour Party’s Members of Parliament whilst promoting the failed UWP candidates,” Wednesday’s press release revealed.
The SLP’s cries did not end there. The release went on to note that the Short Term Employment Programme (STEP) has recommenced and again the SLP maintains that its elected Members of Parliament were sidelined.
However, the UWP lead administration has come out to dismiss the claims aired by the SLP. Nancy Charles, UWP communications officer and attaché to the Prime Minister, asserts that the SLP’s claims are ‘baseless accusations’.
“Every time the SLP is in opposition they refuse to participate in any government activities just to accuse the government of sidelining them,” the frustrated communications officer commented.
She proceeded to explain the format of the bursary distribution.
“No one who receives assistance from the government is asked to show a party card. We have people who go directly to SSDF for assistance and have been given assistance. In speaking to the SSDF, they will tell you that even before the bursary they have been giving support to needy people and that has not changed. So I think the Labour Party should first make request assistance (sic) for the needy people and if they are asked what party they support, then they should take the matter up. But in the meantime Saint Lucians are very grateful for the support given at this critical time in preparations for back to school,” Mrs. Charles specified to the STAR newspaper.
The communications officer devilled further to dispel the accusation of elected members’ political marginalisation by indicating that it is not the Government’s responsibility but that of the SSDF to inform all parliamentarians. “It is the responsibility of SSDF to inform all parliamentarians of the ongoing support and mechanics of implementation,” Mrs. Charles explained.