KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Collin Williams is said to be examining controversial statements made by radio talk show host Matthew Thomas to see what, if any charges, should be brought against him.
But Thomas last night again repeated the statements about “guerrilla warfare” if Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves receives any of the EC$250,000 in damages a court awarded him because of slanderous comments broadcast on NICE Radio eight years ago.
Thomas first made the comments during his “Stay Awake” programme on NICE Radio last week Monday.
And last night he noted that he was never accused of rape nor was taken to court for theft.
Two women previously accused Gonsalves of sexual assault but both cases where taken over and discontinued by the DPP.
“So, when you jail me, you are jailing me for another reason. And I said it last week, I expect you to jail me,” Thomas said
“I will be behind bars directing the show. If you go beyond jailing me and you kill me, which some of you willing to do, you would never get the chance to sing at my funeral you do it your way,” he further stated.
“You kill me; the seed is sown already. And, these are the kinds of things we have to understand as a people. Life is a struggle; there is nothing new under the sun. “Anything man does now has some connection to man in the past,” he further said – comments that echoed his pronouncements last week.
Junior Bacchus, who co-hosts the programme and who was in court yesterday in relation to a lawsuit brought against him by Gonsalves, said on the same programme last night, “We cannot feel comfortable that we are free when we see the destruction being done to the people and the abuse to others in this country.
“Somebody has to stand up. The record of history is replete with number of people who made the sacrifice.”
He further stated, “Nelson Mandela did not spend 25 years in prison for nothing. He sowed the seed while he was there.”
Thomas last night said that some Christians regard Judas as the worst person to have ever lived, because of his betrayal of Jesus Christ.
“You had to have Christ’s blood but you had to have a Judas to give you. And now Judas presents it to you, he’s the worst man? Well, if Judas can’t go heaven, nobody else can. That wouldn’t be a fair God,” Thomas said.
“… Judas was a character and his part, deemed by God, was to betray Christ; get his blood for sinners. So, if yo’ can’t appreciate the man for that, you want go heaven and he ain’t go. Life really ain’t fair boy,” he further stated.
Thomas was a long-standing member of Gonsalves’ Movement for National Unity, which merged with the St. Vincent Labour Party to form the Unity Labour Party in 1994.
Both Thomas and Bacchus were instrumental in bringing the ULP to office in March 2001 after political unrest, common known as the “Roadblock Revolution”, the previous year.