Former National Security Minister, Guy Mayers, has asserted that the fallout from the IMPACS matter could have forced snap elections in Saint Lucia.
“We are upset that the Saint Lucia Labour Party started this thing and caused it and they have been asked to deal with it and I think that is one of the reasons why the Prime Minister called snap elections,” Mayers told reporters.
The former Minister that said Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, knew that come the end of May this year, he would have had to deal with the Americans and the Europeans.
“Don’t forget they have been here – what three times since they first summoned him to a meeting in January or February? They came back again, he made promises to them; they came back in April and he made promises again and they were supposed to be back again and he was supposed to report on the promises he made.”
The former Minister declared that nothing has happened since.
He declared that a Director of Public Prosecutions is not in place.
Mayers also said that then Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois, was forced out of his job.
“The whole police force is demoralized so he (the PM) decided to take the easy way out and call elections and look at the mess that has been created,” he said.
He accused Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony of having handled the IMPACS situation in a very irresponsible way, resulting in serious problems for this country.
Mayers noted that the way the matter has been handled has denied training opportunities and supplies that Saint Lucia badly needs.
The United States ceased all forms of assistance to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), after the twelve fatal shootings by officers between 2010 and 2011 that prompted the IMPACS investigation.
Mayers recalled that the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), has said that within the first one hundred days of taking office it will put mechanisms in place to review the IMPACS situation and bring a resolution to it.