Journalist Kenville Horne was on the receiving end of a rant by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves last Monday.
Horne, who has been a journalist for two years and is employed at The Vincentian newspaper arrived late at the Prime Minister’s press conference and asked a question about the July 11 arrest of opposition senator, Vynnette Frederick.
He told Gonsalves that people have been commenting about the manner in which the senator was arrested and asked if, as Minister of National Security, Gonsalves was briefed “within the whole development”.
Horne also noted that former attorney general Parnell R. Campbell, QC, had spoken out strongly about the arrest.
But Gonsalves responded by saying that he had addressed that issue before Horne arrived at the press conference.
Horne said that while he was late, he was following the press conference by radio.
Horne had begun to ask his second question when the Prime Minister repeated his allegation that Dr. Kenneth John defamed him in his column in The Vincentian newspaper of July 26.
Gonsalves said that he has said on radio more than once that that someone who telephoned him from overseas informed him of the arrest of the senator.
The Prime Minister said that at the time, he was hosting guests at his private home in Gorse, on the eastern side of St. Vincent.
He further accused the journalist of asking the question because the journalist “may have in in your head that I do it”.
“Well, write it,” the Prime Minister told the journalist
Horne attempted to respond, but Gonsalves interjected, and suggested that the journalist was repeating the allegation in the form of a question.
Gonsalves further spoke of mutual respect existing between him and the journalist but said if the journalist changes professions no one would remember him, but as Prime Minister, he has taken and oath and could be prosecuted.