Amid doubts over the political future of the ailing incumbent Denis Lowe, the unofficial campaign manager of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Robert Bobby Morris is assuring DLP supporters in Christ Church East that not only will Lowe run again, he will win again.
There has been growing speculation that the DLP might be forced to find a new candidate to replace Lowe, who is suffering from an unknown illness, and who was noticeably absent from a branch meeting yesterday at St Christopher Primary School.
However, Morris told the modest gathering Lowe was recovering from his illness and had every intention to contest the election, constitutionally due by early June this year.
“I spoke to Dr Lowe yesterday [Saturday] and he asked me to bring greetings to you. He wants you to know that he is recovering and he intends to fulfil his duties. He is asking you to hold faith with him and he knows that you will say yes,” Morris said.
The retired trade unionist would not confirm the nature or the severity of the incumbent’s illness, arguing that to do so would be to invade Lowe’s privacy.
“If there is anything I will never do, is to discuss people’s personal business in an open forum because I would not want it done to me. If I was sick, no matter whether it was easy sick or big sick, it is something to deal with under a certain cloak. It is not to be exposed. Even though it is of some importance, that is not what you do,” he stressed.
Barbados TODAY understands that Lowe was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital sometime last month, and he remains a patient at the state medical facility.
Since Parliament was dissolved on March 6, Lowe has not been on any political platform for the DLP, nor has he been seen publicly in his official capacity as Minister of Drainage and the Environment.
Notwithstanding, Morris told party faithful they ought not worry about Lowe, who first won the seat in 2008 when he defeated the Barbados Labour Party’s Reginald Farley by 918 votes, and held on to it in 2013 by a slightly reduced margin of 768 votes.
“He is a good man and that is the most important thing. His heart is in the right place and his body is where his heart is. His mind is very good and those are that the things that you need to understand. His spirit is excellent. That is all you have to know,” he said.
Stressing that the DLP had “an election to win again”, Morris urged branch members to focus on the upcoming poll.
“In 2008, we dismissed Farley and the only box he won was XB3, which is a small box in Pilgrim Road. I want you to win that box for me this time because I know Mr Lowe did some work out there that hadn’t been done before. In 2013 Mr Wilfred Abrahams won that box again and then he was happy to get another small box in Chancery Lane side out there. I know this constituency and I know where they vote and I am saying to you that I want every box for Dr Lowe this time around,” Morris stressed. (CM)