CASTRIES, Saint Lucia -- Women in Action (WIA), the women’s arm of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia, said it has observed the “energy, enthusiasm and alacrity” with which the country’s minister for national security Phillip La Corbiniere has tackled the “new and riveting controversy” related to recent revelations by Caribbean News Now.
“We further note the minister’s attempt to make local journalist Timothy Poleon and Radio Caribbean International (RCI) sacrificial lambs on the altar of media intimidation,” the WIA said in a statement.
“In light of his new found energy and enthusiasm for justice,” the WIA requested the minister to redirect some of that energy and enthusiasm towards devising strategies to resolve the numerous unsolved murders in recent times.
This should include informing the nation of his ministry’s plans to restructure and adequately staff the Tapion Forensic Laboratory.
The WIA said that the minister would be best placed at this time to convene a press conference to address the national concerns related to the spiraling crime situation rather than directing such venom at the media.
“We urge the minister to remember the grieving families of Tricia Denis, Gizelle Georges, Pascaline Bertin, Verlinda Joseph, Feliciana Charles, Berthelie Mangal, Alisha Hunte, Joanne Cox, Christel Fanis and her unborn child, as well as the most recent, Chereece Benoit , so they too may look forward to some form of justice in the not too distant future,” the WIA said.
The WIA said it has been expecting to hear La Corbiniere address the disturbing and rising levels of criminality in Saint Lucia society, and assure victims and the nation that he is putting every effort into improving the systems, processes and procedures to return stability to the national security environment.
“Minister La Corbiniere must, therefore, tell Saint Lucia his plans to address the critical issues under his portfolio which are funded by the taxpayers of this country; such as, training and equipping the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Bordelais Correctional Facility with regards to identifying a properly trained and experienced successor when the present director retires. Other agencies that fall within the minister’s purview and are in urgent need of his attention are the Department of Probations, the Registry of Births, Marriages and Death, and the entire justice system, all of which appear comatose under the Hon. Minister’s watch,” the WIA concluded.