Saint Lucia’s Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Victoria Charles Clarke, has accused Housing Minister, Stanley Felix, of a lack of respect and discourtesy for the office of DPP, in a statement Felix made on Wednesday during a political rally of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party, SLP.
Felix, expressing frustration over a seeming lack of progress on an investigation into Town and Village Councils under the former government, called for the DPP to retire or resign if she cannot act in the interest of this country.
The Minister also challenged her to issue a statement on the matters he mentioned.
“I find it very disturbing, and in fact appalling, that a Minister of government would use a political platform to call on the DPP to retire or resign,” Charles-Clarke said yesterday during the call-in programme – Newsspin on Radio Caribbean International, RCI.
She noted that Felix is a lawyer and knows that the constitution establishes the office of the DPP as well as the process for removing the holder of the office.
“Everything takes time,” the DPP asserted, while disclosing that she has been operating without a Deputy since 2010, while there are manpower challenges at her office.
According to Charles-Clarke, her time is spent in court dealing with hundreds of cases.
However, according to reports, she did indicate that a statement would be issued shortly on the IMPACS report.