The main opposition New Democratic Party’s candidate for North Windward, Lauron “Sharer” Baptiste has complained about a streetlight near his office in Sandy Bay that was off during the launch of the facility last week, even as other around it were working well.
“I told them we are going to paint this red town yellow and you know what they did? They take off the light because they don’t want us to see how yellowtiful we looking. We looking real yellowtiful tonight,” he told party supporters.
“Whether they take off the light or they leave on the light, we don’t care because in the New Democratic Party, we write our own script. Every candidate in the New Democratic Party write (sic) their own script. Nobody write (sic) our script of us,” he said.
“We don’t have to come up with no paper and read it you know. So whether there is light or no light –“ he said, as he digressed, pointing out that it was former North Windward representative under the NDP, Monty Roberts, who in 1993 brought electricity to Sandy Bay.
“I remember I was studying in Guyana — agriculture at the time. And when I came home, we accustomed to lamp — you know kerosene flambeau; we used to study with flambeau you know. By the next day, you don’t want to know what your nose hole looks like.
“When I came home from Guyana and I saw the light, because at that time, I was somewhere around 24 years old. Could you imagine living 24 years without electricity? …
“When I came home and I saw lights, I didn’t even know how to put on the lights. To be honest with you, is me son at the time who say, ‘Daddy, you have to press a switch’, and so I did and I see light come on. I say wow. And the very same light they are trying to take off from brother Robby here in Sandy Bay tonight,” Baptiste said in reference to Roberts, who introduced him at the event.
A resident of Sandy Bay told I-Witness News that the streetlight in question has been malfunctioning for some time, coming on during the day and off during the night.
I-Witness News understands that an NDP official informed a VINLEC employee about the light some days before the event.
It was not clear, however, whether the report was filed through officials channels at the electricity company.
The absence of the street light did not prevent persons from partying in the street after the brief speeches at the event.