CASTRIES, St. Lucia, July 25, CMC – Former housing minister Richard Frederick Wednesday called on Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to publicly disclose the outcome of his discussions with United States Embassy officials regarding the decision by Washington to revoke his visa prior to the November 28 general elections.
“I am aware that at a meeting with United States Embassy officials in Bridgetown Barbados a file pertaining to the visas revocation matter was handed over to the Prime Minister of St. Lucia and other Government of St. Lucia officials who were present,” Frederick, an opposition legislator said in a statement here.
“The Prime Minister of St. Lucia is therefore now in a position to inform the public on the contents of that file,” Frederick said, adding “it is therefore intriguing that the Prime Minister would use the political platform of the St Lucia Labour Party to continue the propaganda peddled by his party leading up to the November, 2011 General Elections”.
The revocation of the visa had become of the one platform issues leading up to the elections with the then opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) calling on then Prime Minister Stephenson King to dismiss Frederick from his cabinet. Frederick later resigned from the government but contested the poll on a ticket of the United Workers Party (UWP).
Frederick said that it was now incumbent on Prime Minister Anthony to disclose the information now in his position on the matter which his party “agitated on so vociferously while in opposition”.
He said the government must also be aware that nationals are also expecting the government to disclose the reasons given by Washington for revoking the visa.
“Prime Minister Anthony should therefore stop his blatant politicking and propaganda and provide full disclosure to St. Lucians including what he learnt from his recent meeting with US Embassy officials.
“The Prime Minister is also in a position having recently met with US Embassy Officials (and having further access to those officials) to provide evidence of the allegation he made during the general elections campaign that my visas revocation was related to an incident in which I was stopped at a US airport carrying a significant quantity of US dollars in a brief case,” Frederick added.
He has accused Prime Minister Anthony of playing “mind games” with St. Lucians and that his attempt to instigate fear among supporters of the opposition party would fail.
Frederick, an attorney, said he was now demanding that the government provide the public with all information on the issue, as well as address them on the controversial oil agreement that the government is reported to have signed providing a US-based company the rights to explore St. Lucia’s sea-bed.
The matter is now before an industrial tribunal.
“The Prime Minister’s full disclosure on these two matters will go a long way in putting my mind and the minds of the St. Lucian public at rest on these two matters,” Frederick said.