A close relative of disgraced former diplomat, Edson Augustus, accosted Curtis Bowman, the opposition New Democratic Party’s candidate for Marriaqua, at the Richland Park Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, the politician has confirmed.
Bowman did not detail the incident, but said that the woman is also a member of the church and that he has reported the matter to their pastor and the police.
“I don’t want to get involved again with that issue,” he told I-Witness News on Sunday.
“I have met with the pastor to discuss the issue and I also reported it to the Mespo police station,” he further said.
I-Witness News understands that the development was in connection to an article a newspaper published last week in which comments attributed to Bowman were published.
I Witness News understands that the female relative of Augustus approached Bowman at church on Saturday, telling him, “Shake this hand! Shake this Labour hand!”, and that she wanted to discuss something with him.
Bowman was said to have been leaving church before the service ended when the woman accosted him and accused him of being “wicked”.
But when the politician tried to evade the woman, she pulled his jacket, I-Witness News was told.
“She was really out of place and seemed to have wanted to fight,” a witness told I-Witness News.
Several persons are said to have witnessed various stages of the confrontation, including passers-by and patrons at a nearby rum shop.
Bowman is said to have taken refuge in a passing truck, asking the driver to take him away from the scene.
The woman is said to have waited for the politician outside of him home and he drove by his house several times waiting for her to leave.
Augustus, who was appointed in May 2011, three months after resigning as an SDA pastor, was recalled last month.
The government said he admitted to taking money from persons in the United States and promising to help them to secure U.S. Permanent Residents Card, commonly called “Green Card”.
The former diplomat returned to St. Vincent 10 days after his recall, met with Government officials and left the country again that same day.
Bowman lost the Marriaqua seat to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Girlyn Miguel of the Unity Labour Party.
He has been named as the NDP’s candidate to contest the seat in the next general elections, constitutionally due at the end of next year.