Frederick denies getting government favors

Castries Central MP, Richard Frederick, has asserted that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government has granted him no favors in approving concessions to a company he owns.

“At the end of the day the legislation is there for each and every citizen,” Frederick told reporters outside parliament today.

The Castries Central MP said if companies are eligible for concessions under the law they can apply and once they meet the criteria will be granted the concessions.

He observed that it was up to local companies to acquaint themselves with the legislation pertaining to concessions.

The former Housing Minister declared that had he not been given the concessions he had applied for, he would have made an issue.

“I would have asked why I am not being given them when I meet the criteria,” he explained.

According to Frederick, when a government grants concessions to a company it does not mean that the companies are in bed with the administration.

He was responding to assertions on Sunday during an opposition political meeting, that he and Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony are now best of friends.

The claim was made by former Deputy Police Commissioner, Hermangild Francis.

Francis, who is tipped to become National Security Minister in a UWP government, referred to a document in which Anthony, who is Minister of Finance, grants concessions to Richard Frederick Construction Company Limited.

Quoting from the document Francis noted that the Minister grants incentives to the company to develop lots in Gros Islet for housing.

The concessions included a one hundred percent waiver of import duty on building materials.

Francis told UWP supporters that it was the same Kenny Anthony who had said when Frederick was elected as Castries Central MP, that it was a frightening development in local politics.

“Today Richard Frederick and Kenny Anthony are the best of friends,” the former Senior Cop concluded.

Frederick said he was flabbergasted by the comments and promised to deal with them at length during his weekly television show.

He described Hermangild Francis as a reject.

According to Frederick, Francis was rejected by the SLP both as Police Commissioner and an election candidate.

The Castries Central MP said when the UWP was in office he single handedly tried his utmost to make Francis Police Commissioner, but it was opposed.

He observed that Francis, who recently left the SLP to join the UWP, was also rejected by the UWP as a candidate for elections.

“One needs to ask him what is his contribution,” Frederick said of Francis.