Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace says some of the things reported about him and his family in last Friday’s newspapers are false.
“Some of the things are made up, so I will not be responding,” he said on his weekly radio programme on Monday.
“I don’t get easily carried away by statements made by people who really have one objective in mind: that is, to try and throw dirt on as many NDP members as possible for purely political reasons.
“I want to assure them, however, that when the New Democratic party gets into office, people will have to account. People will have to account for their stewardship,” he said.
In a newspaper last week, Eustace’s former secretary, Rishatha Nicholls, who he fired last year without severance pay, made unflattering comments about his personality.
An appeals tribunal has ordered Eustace to pay Nicholls EC$16,199 in severance.
Two newspapers also reported on an allegation that two sheep were tied to and dragged from a vehicle that was reportedly being driven by Eustace’s wife Jennifer Eustace.
One of the sheep is said to have died, supposedly from injuries it sustained during the incident.
“… a lot of things are being said and done now, which, to me, really are intended to distract me from my main purpose, and that is to ensure that the New Democratic party wins the next election…” Eustace said.
He added that he has no intention of responding to these issues, saying that doing so “is going to lead to more distraction.
“I want us to concentrate on what we can do to improve the lives of all the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. That is my purpose,” Eustace further stated.
He said time should be spent instead trying to improve the standard of living of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“That we help in the reduction of crime, that we help in terms of better hospital facilities, better availability of drugs, better education, and indeed, a culture of goodness and kindness, which we so desperately need in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
He said that his party is committed to its Social and Spiritual Redemption Charter, the party’s proposal for the use of moral teaching to address social ills.