Ruling party queries UWP’s money accountability

Ruling party queries UWP’s money accountability

The ruling party has raised questions about the accountability of the United Workers Party (UWP) for money spent while it was in government.

General Secretary of the ruling party, Leo Clarke, declared last night that his Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) can account for every cent received from foreign governments.

“You can measure the work that has been done with the money,” Clarke asserted.

However he said that something totally different transpired between 2006 and 2011 when the UWP was in office.

“There is very little record,” the SLP General Secretary claimed during last night’s edition of the programme – Red Zone, aired on Choice Television.

Clarke stated that he was not saying that nothing was done, as projects are in evidence “here and there.”

He told the programme host, Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel that the arbitrary way in which things were done did not make it possible to measure how much of the money that was received actually went into the projects.

Clarke assured Saint Lucians living overseas that if this country keeps on its current course with the return of good governance and accountability, it will be a place they can trust and where they can feel comfortable.

He also responded to critics of the latest unemployment figures who have asserted that jobs that have been created are mostly temporary.

Clarke noted that the jobs are not only temporary as employment has been created in the hotel industry, manufacturing and construction.

He recalled that there is a component of the government’s job creation that involves a partnership with the private sector.

The ruling party official disclosed that in that partnership where the government pays the employee sixty percent and the private sector forty, some of those employees have moved on to permanent jobs in the private sector.



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