Social Transformation Minister, Harold Dalsan, has dismissed as “hogwash”, claims that a government vehicle has been put to personal use by Joachim Henry.
Henry resigned as head of the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF) earlier this month to pursue a career in politics.
He is the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party’s candidate for Castries South East.
Questioned about the matter of Henry’s vehicle, the Minister for Social Transformation said it must be remembered that the former SSDF boss was not appointed by the Public Service Commission, but by the board of the SSDF.
Dalsan disclosed that the Joachim Henry contract came to an end in December, whereupon he was written to indicating that he would no longer qualify to operate as the CEO of the agency because he had engaged in active politics.
According to the Minister, the vehicle owned by Henry was given to the government of Saint Lucia under the Poverty Reducation Fund programme.
The programme, he recalled, was transferred to the SSDF.
Dalsan revealed that at the time the vehicle was given to the programme, Henry was signing a contract with the board of the Poverty Reduction Fund.
“He opted not to accept travelling allowance in lieu of using the vehicle and then paying the duty to Inland Revenue monthly on the vehicle, that is why the vehicle does not carry an SLG plate,” the Minister explained.
Dalsan told reporters that in Henry’s contract it was stated that should the vehicle be sold he would be given first priority.
He said that upon on leaving, the former SSDF boss expressed an interest in the vehicle.
“The board took a decision to dispose of the vehicle at the book value for the last audited statement which was 2013, so it was not even sold to him at the book value of 2014 it was sold to him at 2013 because that was the book value. So he is paying for the vehicle and that is a decision that is enshrined in the contractual arrangement,” Dalsan declared.