Castries Mayor Peterson Francis is being accused of creating division among members of the Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association.
The accusations are being made by the association’s president Peter Isaac, and follow the official launch of the Vendors’ Registration Programme by the Office of the Mayor on Monday.
Under the Vendors’ Registration Programme , members will be able to reap a number benefits such like as free access to public comfort stations, certified job letters identifying them as authorized vendors when applying for visas and loans, ID cards, and tent packages for road-side vendors. According to the Castries Mayor, over 100 vendors have already registered under the programme.
While the initiative was well received by the vendors, Mayor Francis has urged them to get better representation and perhaps consider forming a new association
The Vendors Association president has taken offence at the mayor’s comments.
According to Mr Peter Isaac, the comments are part of attempts by the mayor to control the vendors and create division among them.
Isaac says the mayor is using the vendors to score political points.
This is not the first time the two have butted heads.