The leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, has sounded a warning that the party may not support Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, (CIP).
Addressing a news conference today at the UWP Headquarters, Chastanet called on the government to immediately fire this country’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Doctor Walid Juffali, and have Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to London, Ernest Hilaire, resign forthwith as Chairman of the CIP.
“Juffali has not attended twenty seven meetings of the IMO and on that fact alone he should be fired and the person who should have been firing him is Ernest Hilaire who as the High Commissioner in London is his superior,” the UWP leader declared.
Chastanet said that he questions Hilaire’s integrity, judgment and capacity to manage in the Juffali matter.
“That being said, how can we now take that same gentleman and put him to be the Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Programme? A program that is already shrouded in controversy in the Caribbean. A programme that needs full transparency and that we have the benefit of learning from the mistakes of other countries? We have not learned from those mistakes,” Chastanet asserted.
In addition to calling for Hilaire and Juffali to go, the UWP leader urged the government to reconstitute the current board of the CIP and review the regulations to ensure that the programme is properly implemented.
“If the opposition sees that the government is not moving in this direction we will have no choice but not to support the existing Citizenship by Investment Programme and to do all that we can to prevent it from being implemented. We cannot allow the integrity of Saint Lucia to be questioned any more,” Chastanet said.