Housing Minister, Stanley Felix, has said that he does not believe he did anything that warrants an apology in Wednesday evening’s call for the resignation or retirement of Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Victoria Charles-Clarke.
Felix, an Attorney at Law by profession, issued the call during a public meeting of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party, SLP, on the Castries Market steps.
“I was very respectful and I have utmost respect for the office of the DPP, but I do not believe I did anything that warrants an apology; there is absolutely no reason to apologize. I exercised my democratic right to free speech, a right guaranteed under the constitution,” the Minister said during the Radio Caribbean International, RCI, call-in programme – Newsspin today.
According to Felix, nowhere in his comments did he refer to the IMPACS report.
He said his comments were about the financial review of Town and Village Councils under the former United Workers Party, UWP, administration.
“As a Minister of Government, as a citizen of this country, as a resident of Castries Central, I too had concerns and I had to echo the voice of the people who were clamoring for a statement. No statement was forthcoming,” Felix explained.
He declared that as a Public Servant, the DPP is ultimately accountable to the people.
“If resources were an issue why is the Lambirds matter before the court and it is costing the country a million dollars and counting? Why is it that she requested that all 60 or so witnesses be called to give evidence in court? That takes time and resources. So I don’t get it. Her comments are contradictory.”
He said he had spoken his mind, on behalf of his conscience and for the people of Saint Lucia.