SLP Says Chastanet’s Comments on Juffali Opportunistic

SLP Says Chastanet’s Comments on Juffali Opportunistic

The Saint Lucia Labour Party has described Allen Chastanet’s comments on the divorce case against Dr. Juffali as opportunistic and ill-considered, particularly as they relate to a civil case where neither the Government of Saint Lucia nor that of the United Kingdom can become directly involved.

The Party is of the view that the Leader of the UWP’s has demonstrated a lack of judgment and immaturity by publicly denouncing a Saint Lucian diplomat through the media. The SLP advises Mr. Chastanet to quickly learn the ways and means of diplomacy and the conduct of statecraft if he is to be taken seriously as a political leader.

The Labour Party believes that Ambassador Juffali has been specifically tasked with promoting Saint Lucia’s economic interests and is a strategic appointment that brings to the table considerable experience in wealth creation and with it unique access to international capital. This is a valuable tool in our Nation’s drive to project itself to a new audience of potential partners.

Saint Lucia is faced with the challenge of increasing its diplomatic and commercial strength in an increasingly competitive global market and needs within its diplomatic arsenal those with a specific capacity to access and deliver investment capital. Whilst Saint Lucia’s economic growth may not be in the short-term political interests of the UWP, they are in the national interest.

It is a matter of regret that the Leader of the UWP has allowed his comments to be used in the domestic and British Media without first having made any attempt to seek clarification on the role and the undertakings of Dr Juffali, or without having the courtesy of advising him of his intention to attack him publicly. It should be noted, in this regard that Dr Juffali is in no position to respond to such attacks as an apolitical appointee.

The SLP notes that the Foreign Policy Review process and Report highlighted the need to move towards Commercial Diplomacy and the UWP neither objected to nor made any comment on this during the consultation process.

The SLP points out that it is the depths of hypocrisy from Chastanet and the UWP to criticise Dr. Juffali’s appointment as the UWP itself appointed a number of persons who to this day have not been made public. The SLP calls on the Prime Minister to publicly announce all the persons who were appointed by the UWP administration and specifically those who were appointed by Mr. Chastanet.

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  1. Gene Smith
    November 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm Reply

    Excuses upon excuses! Rather than making excuses for what is done in the past, why not embark on a new strategy. What was done in the past is irrelevant. We are now in another era. Stop trying to divert attention to the real issue at hand.

  2. Malcolm L'Overture
    November 19, 2015 at 6:16 pm Reply

    This is one appointment that St Lucia can do without. I Feel utterly revolted by the presence of this man making representations on behalf of this lovely island. Who sanctioned this appointment? What on earth were the powers that be thinking when they appointed this impertinent fellow to such a lofty position?

    This man hails from one of the most brutal kingdoms in the world. There are so many competent St Lucians out of work and who could so easily take up this diplomatic post. Instead they are being deliberately ignored in favour of a cantankerous outlander who knows nothing about this country.This appointment smacks of pure opportunism and nepotism and nothing else. He is in the process of divorcing his wife and it looks like this legal dissolution will be anything but amicable. The “wife” is planning to take him to the cleaners for all that he is worth – billions.

    So in order to avoid a settlement or palimony he finds himself a piece of juicy steak which he can tuck into. He was offered diplomatic immunity immediately as this comes with the territory. Now he can do as he pleases since he is accountable to no one. He has no affinity with the state of St Lucia, and his only affiliation is to secure his vested interests. He probably does not even know where St Lucia is on the map. This irascible character hails from a country that practices Wahhabism,, a virulent form of religious ideology that belongs to the dark ages. It is ultraconservative and fundamentalist to the core. It is being exported to countries such as Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Somalia. One just has to look at the state of these countries to see how they have been fumigated by this extremist pseudo-Sunni movement. They have no respect for non believers and in their words”infidels” – They are willing to eradicate all kauffars or infidels from the face of this earth.

    The Saudis brutally enslaved our African cousins in the name of their religion.Black people in Saudi Arabia have no rights and are often seen as in the words of the Arabs”the lowest of the low”- Yet there are many misguided blacks following this religion which loathes and detests them. Karl Maxx, the philosopher once declared religion to be an opium of the masses. He believed that the general populace was being taken for granted by those with an unrelenting belief especially when organized into a system of doctrine and practice. With the billions of petrodollars the Saudis have in their coffers they can easily afford to export their austere and stringent form of religious diatribe to the less fortunate around the globe. We in the Caribbean have to be on our guard at all times. We should not give these discontented Arabs any foot in any of our doors. All they need is a sniff and they will take advantage where opportunity lies.Give them an inch and they will take a mile.

    This appointment smacks of opportunism and nepotism. Many have concurred that this dubious character lacks the necessary skills and qualifications to do this job. To add further to St Lucia’s alarm his daughter was made ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Would Saudi Arabia have done the same? Would they have chosen a St Lucian to become their ambassador to St Lucia. NO is the simple answer. This family seems recklessly determined to buy their way into every aspect of St Lucian society. They have absolutely no compunction in doing so. They will use their largesse to bluff their way through and no one will ask questions. They will avoid scrutiny by simply embracing the cushion of diplomatic immunity.

    The Saudis do not like black people. They treat us with utter contempt and disdain. Their contempt and lack of respect for us blacks is legendary. A man who comes from a country which sent 11 attackers to blow up the world trade centre in New York should not be allowed anywhere near the confines of diplomatic postings hosting or handling for St Lucia. We should not allow any Saudi to come to brainwash our impressionable youths. Do we really believe that this man would have chosen St Lucia if he had another country to offer him such privileges? No sir! He is only offering his unbridled services because no one else in their right mind will take him on. Let us hope this does not backfire on the former diplomat who offered him the position in the first place. I heard that he has a desire to become prime minister one day. His judgement may well be called into question on this one.

    The malevolent and baleful Telegraph newspaper in London is getting in on the act with their pernicious reporting which is doing more harm to St Lucia’s reputation than good. This British broadsheet is full of closeted racists and fascists. They love to spread poison and propaganda as well as making up stories. I am imploring the powers that be to avoid giving this right wing rag any more fuel to keep the fire burning. The reporter who wrote this story from the Telegraph is anxious for another hit. He nicked this new angle from St Lucia News Online. Be careful with this mercenary. Stay well away from the likes of this rapacious and self-indulgent hack who has nothing positive to offer our splendid isle. Like Lord Invader said’if it’s people business you minding you not contributing one damn thing so Bare’.

    I am calling on the political establishment to revoke and rescind this diplomatic appointment with immediate effect. We do not want a crabby, sybaritic, debauched,intemperate interloper interfering in our internal or external affairs. Apart from oil Saudi Arabia has nothing to offer St Lucia or anyone. If anything we should trade with them…If they are not interested in trading with us we should find countries that are willing to. This whole affair is lopsided. There are no Lucians representing Saudi in anything. That being the case we should not allow their citizens to represent us in anything.Let’s nip this in the bud at the earliest possible convenience. Do it now. Send this mercenary packing with his oily tail between his legs. Wake up St Lucia and smell the cacao tea.

    Viva St Lucia The Land I Love and the land Of My Mother.

    Malcolm L’Overture
    Haitian- Lucian
    Berlin Germany

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