It’s no cakewalk staying on the same page with Kenny Anthony, a fact that undoubtedly has been costly to his political ambitions, considering the tsunami of public animus now threatening his legacy. As if already his last term had not contributed enough to his abruptly changed circumstances, he appears hell-bent on stoking threatening bonfires. How else to explain his continuing counterproductive official and personal attitude toward the Chastanets, the father and the son? And now he appears to be taking on large sections of the society, maligning identified citizens, even church officials, as election-time distributors of bribe money and worse.
Consider the following FB post under his name: “I do not believe or accept that the loss of the SLP is explained by the massive purchasing of votes. What I do accept is that the purchasing of votes influenced the final outcome in some marginal constituencies, for example, Dennery South, Castries South, Soufriere and Anse la Raye/Canaries.”
Is it just me, folks, or do you also detect the contradiction in the immediately above? On the one hand he seems to be saying he does not believe the SLP’s loss resulted from bribery. Then he says bribes were responsible for the SLP’s poor performance in four constituencies. To me, that adds up to a suggestion that “massive purchasing of votes” had dumped the Kenny Anthony government into six opposition seats—not the people’s will.
But then when he was still prime minister he had set aside Suzie d’Auvergne’s proposals for constitutional reform on the basis that “this obsession with the power of the prime minister . . . does not reflect the will of the people!” Nothing new there.
More from the cited FB post: “Some even doubt there are laws against influencing electors to vote or not to vote, bribing voters to cast or not to cast their ballots. Well the laws against such acts are found . . . in the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia 2008.” From here he goes on to identify individuals who either were sent “to collect” or distributed money to voters.
“Pleas to police officers on duty went unheeded,” he continued. “I guess we all know why.” Well, I for one don’t know why. But Kenny Anthony is a lawyer; he does not need to fork out thousands of dollars for the services of a legal representative. He has close friends and endorsers who would happily help him put his case before the courts, plus all the evidence he claims to have.
How perplexing then to read: “I believe a start should be made to expose those who corrupted our political process on election day. We must name them and provide the evidence of their corruption acts and behavior. We must not allow this matter to die.”
I could not agree more!