There are “one or two church men” aligned with the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) who believe, who want the government to “put a brakes on “ during the final year of its five-year term, says Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.
He said on WE FM on Sunday, that there is a notion among the opposition that no work must be done when the government gets to year four of its term.
“Ralph must stop do everything, stop do anything at all, as though I have four years in office — the term is four years,” said the prime minister, who is seeking a fifth term in office.
“The term goes up to the day when the people go to the polls. And I working up to the day,” said Gonsalves, who has announced that Vincentians will elect a new government by year end, ahead of the March 2021 constitutional deadline.
The slate of candidates being offered by Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party includes two preachers, Frederick Stephenson and Orando Brewster.
“So when a road is built out, don’t tell me foolishness that building out a road is an election thing — we building roads all the time. But you will try and highlight some that are being done, or that the PRYME (Promoting Youth Micro-Enterprises) programme is an election programme — but we articulated it so long ago, or the one involving the private sector out at Arnos Vale, well, you all must be involving in electioneering too, Joel,” he said referring to Joel Providence, manager of Coreas Hazells Inc. who was a guest, as Providence and other voices are heard laughing.
The prime minister continued:
“I mean, we have to do work. What am I sitting down doing? I mean, it is the most cockeyed notion that I have ever heard and you have some people in some people,
one or two church men aligned with the NDP and when you in that alignment you more interested in politics than God – well, leh me say this: they more interested in politics than the people, party politics, because they very much interested in God.
“But what I mean is this; they want you to put a brakes on deal[ing] with people who are poor. You mustn’t do anything for poor people in this period. As though, somehow, leave poor people, leave the children them to have all their problems.
“Don’t do anything at all. Don’t try to get uniform, if rain coming don’t give out any galvanise, but some of the pastors who taking like that, they have roof over their head.
“And some of the internet crazies, staying away from St. Vincent, they have roof over their heads you know. And some here trying to use the election to make money for themselves,” Gonsalves said.
“It’s amazing what is happening, but they want government to come to a standstill, but you know, I see through all that foolishness. I have five years and you can talk what you want, I am working down as prime minister to the last minute that we go to the polls and then prepare myself to be sworn in as prime minister for a fifth consecutive term. That’s the way I doing my business.”