Minister clears air on Joachim Henry vehicle

Minister clears air on Joachim Henry vehicle

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.

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Bobol Police
    January 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Ay Ay! Dadal you revive? Since that day you and so many of the others missing in action, now all of a sudden you all are all over the news like white on rice. But tell us Dalson, have you been on vacation or did you overdose on moomoo pills too?

  2. opps!!!
    January 30, 2016 at 1:23 pm Reply

    This is a true way of frauding us taxpayers of our hard earn money on favor of political payback. That matter should be taken to court. This is nonsense. Why wasnt the vehicle put up for tender. Kenny and co continues to think St. Lucia is theirs. Time will tell.

  3. Kimber
    January 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm Reply

    That story is filled with holes. Since when you pay taxes to inland revenue from a vehicle? Boy dalson come again. We want to know how much this vehicle was sold for and why it wasnt put up for tender. That you spew isnt making sense. If you ask me, this think raises more questions (Crude language omitted)

  4. Anonymous
    January 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply

    Dalson St.lucians are smarter than that nice one (Crude language omitted)

  5. Loathe
    January 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Please Mr. Minister, can you explain where in the Income Tax laws of St. Lucia that someone pays duties to Inland Revenue Department monthly for a vehicle. Was this vehicle duty-free? Pissing in our eye & calling it rain.

  6. kaioty
    January 30, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Comment: brother dadal holds the best ministry in parliament ..Minister for Transforming Words .

  7. Anonymous
    January 30, 2016 at 9:01 pm Reply

    Boy boy you were seen lying on TV. It was obvious. We need to the transactions made. How much was paid.

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