Lenard Montoute blasts PM over public service

Lenard Montoute blasts PM over public service

Lenard Montoute, former Public Service, has sharply criticized Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony over recent comments about the public service.

Addressing Principals at their annual conference earlier this week, Anthony cited a crisis of leadership in the public service, although its members are “decorated” with various university degrees.

Montoute told the Times he is surprised to hear such comments from the Prime Minister, whom he described as having made a career of attacking public servants.

He said when Anthony came into office he collected individuals from his political platform and operatives of his party and gave them high positions in the public service above other public servants.

Montoute asserted that those over whom the newcomers were promoted had a reasonable expectation that they would move up the ladder because of their commitment, dedication and training.

The former Public Service Minister told the Times:

“When they are bypassed in this way by people whom they very often have to help themselves, what do you expect, naturally you will have a demoralized and demotivated public service.”

Montoute also said that public servants have to deal with intimidation.

He explained that when there is political interference, public servants feel intimidated and withdraw into a shell.

“For leadership to thrive there must be an ideal atmosphere and conditions must be right,” the former Gros Islet MP observed.

While acknowledging that the public service has always had problems, Montoute was of the view that there are good public servants as well as those who need to be “pulled up.”

“If Doctor Anthony demonstrates proper leadership in a democratic environment then I can see the leadership that I know exists in the public service will grow and blossom,” the former Minister declared.






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  1. Lababad
    February 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm Reply

    That’s right Spider. He is responsible for the non-functioning political stooges appointed to the Public Service. Now he has the gall to condemn them all in one heap, trying to score some cheap political points and trying to make us believe he’s being analytical. All he has done is shoot himself in the foot again. Kenny you’re responsible for thew dismal state of that sector. I swear that man KDA is smoking something that’s not going well with him. So Kenny, you have identified that long time, what have you done about it? Are you willing to replace all those party hacks and stooges you flooded into the public service, or are you planning to extend their contracts years into the next election cycle so you can weigh down the next administration with your spies and obstructionists?

  2. Public servant
    February 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Where is the opposition? Once again, Kenny and Tony opened himself to his own ammunition but the opposition cannot capitalized on this man’s suicidal acts? I have never encountered a bigger high degree holding educated fool. He brought all his square pegs in round holes and continues to do so, then turns around and criticize the very idiots he appointed, because leadership in the public service now lies squarely on the shoulders of his brain sick party hacks.

  3. NAH
    February 7, 2016 at 6:46 am Reply

    I am indeed appalled at Kenny’s relentless attack and apparent disdain for public service employees. This man has attacked civil servants, firemen, police officers & DPP (to name a few) branding them all as greedy & incompetent. Kenny must understand that implementing meaningful training and development programmes is what’s needed, not talking down to government employees like they are little children. Then again his arrogance often gets the better of im. Our continued trust in lawyers and politicians who are the least bit skilled in the potfolio given to them will always result in the square peg in round hole situations.

  4. ABC
    February 7, 2016 at 11:58 am Reply


  5. Kimber
    February 8, 2016 at 8:32 am Reply

    Boy i tell you for some reason i think Kenny is trying to lose this elections deliberately or he must be going senile. To be continuously attacking civil servants is really brave.

  6. Anonymous
    February 8, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply

    It is just a sad state of affairs for the leadership of our country. Why do we keep electing arrogant man made leaders to govern? We should be electing the humble (wise) born leaders to do the job. May God have mercy on us in St.Lucia. Time always tells.

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