Police move to recover supplies blocked

Police move to recover supplies blocked

A Police move today to recover supplies meant for St Jude Hospital was blocked when the owners of a building at Corinth where the goods are said to be stored reportedly refused to cooperate.

Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph accompanied a team of Police, Customs and other officials to the site this morning.

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“We are here to collect some of the supplies that were purchased for the St Jude project a few years ago,” Joseph explained.

He said as an audit was being carried out, five or six different locations were discovered where supplies belonging to St Jude were kept.

According to Joseph, some of the documents were not submitted by Consultants on the project.

“We have to be finding goods that belong to St Jude – these supplies were purchased duty free,” the Minister explained.

He disclosed that all the relevant entities concerned were brought in to verify that what was being done is above board.

Joseph asserted that if goods were purchased duty free on behalf of the government of Saint Lucia for the St Jude project then those persons  responsible for securing the goods must be able to account for them.

The Minister revealed that documents show the goods have been paid for in full.

“We came to collect them so that we can store them on the hospital site,” Joseph observed.

However, he said the authorities have met some resistance from the owners of the business who have refused to allow access to even see whether the goods are there at the Corinth location.

Joseph said goods were stored at five or six other locations.

“There are containers on the wharf, there are containers  still up in Canada – fully paid for and have been  there for over two years; there are supplies in a warehouse  at the back of Renwick, there are supplies at Massade in Gros Islet, there are supplies at Marisule – and a lot of these things we would not have known had we not undertaken that audit that is going on there,” the Minister explained.

It is reported that a warrant is now in the process of being obtained to get the goods that are reportedly stored at the Corinth site.

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75 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 11:07 am Reply

    Great job.👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

    1. Tiny
      November 10, 2016 at 2:58 pm Reply

      The whole truth should be told about this. The Minister as usual is only saying what he thinks will make him sound good. Lopsided half-truths!!

      1. kelba
        November 10, 2016 at 10:13 pm Reply

        what whole truth or half truth you are talking about? We have an almost completed building still under construction. we have security officers and insurance on that building. the building is empty with space 10 times the size of all these paid warehouses and you are talking about half truth.

        1. Anon1
          November 11, 2016 at 9:56 am Reply

          Kelba – Tiny is spot on correct! There’s NO TRANSPARENCY with Lucian politicians Red or Yellow.

          They never give you the entire story.

          Not saying that the below comment by “Truth” is true (no pun) but is comments are very logical.

          Also you may need to check your grammar, does this make any sense to you, well it probably does because you wrote it ” We have an almost completed building still under construction. ”

          Almost completed still under construction – an almost completed building would mean its still under construction.

  2. Go joe joe
    November 10, 2016 at 11:08 am Reply

    Aa ebey we barbad.

  3. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 11:31 am Reply

    Please don’t believe everything that comes out in these reports. They are one sided and don’t reveal the real truth

    1. Anonymous
      November 10, 2016 at 11:33 am Reply

      Is this report inaccurate? So what’s the “real truth.”

    2. mel
      November 10, 2016 at 11:35 am Reply

      So true ,especially when this man opens his mouth

      1. kelba
        November 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply

        He is not just opening his mouth. We have videos and photos.

  4. Lucian strong
    November 10, 2016 at 11:39 am Reply

    Why wouldn’t you get the warrant before going to investigate. Dumb (Word removed)

    1. yeah
      November 11, 2016 at 12:11 am Reply

      You wouldnt expect somebody to hesitate to give you something that belongs to you know…would you?

    2. Vicar
      November 11, 2016 at 4:08 am Reply

      Lucian you said it loud and clear. Why would you go there without it? And these officers that accompanied Guy need to go back to school. What? Was this a reality show? JOKES!!

  5. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 12:01 pm Reply

    I eh know why the owner eh give Guy a big foot. Is this his job? There must be storage issues and equipment / materials / goods are stored at various locations.
    The good thing is that its not the at the home of a former Minister.

  6. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 12:03 pm Reply

    That’s to give the last administration a bad name. Guy Joseph is a luar. Pay the man for his rent

  7. TRUTH
    November 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm Reply

    The goods are stored at warehouses at different locations because the Government Warehouse is not sufficient. The owner signed an agreement with the Government which includes a fee for rental. The owner is demanding that the Government pays the rent before the goods can leave the warehouse. This is why the police cannot do anything about it but request that the Government takes it to the Courts because the owner is within his rights.

    Now tell me, what in God’s name is that guy doing in the middle of police operation? Ou pa Minister of Home Affairs, ou pas police. Is it a case where “a volere wants to catch a volere to shift the focus off of him?”

    1. Anonymous
      November 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Who didn’t pay the warehouse owners and for how long? Guy is the minister and has ultimate responsibility to verify and account for whatever falls under his ministry. It is clear that the initial request was for voluntary cooperation. Since this was not forthcoming a warrant is now needed. Nothing unusual or strange about that. If the State needs the materials or supplies it can take possession of them. The owner cannot hold the government hostage. If it is needed for a hospital, even if rental is owed, a court will not allow the goods to be held as ransom.

    2. Realist!
      November 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply

      My sentiments exactly!! That GUY JOSEPH though!! Smh

    3. kelba
      November 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm Reply

      Why the government had to store the goods right Castries when the almost completed hospital has an empty Cathedral size Chapel and other empty spaces 10 times bigger than all these paid warehouses and they are crying that they had no money to complete the hospital?

      1. Person
        November 11, 2016 at 8:35 am Reply

        Kelba are you going to comment on every post. You have to ask the government that question. You think the individual held the goods on his own. Boy I tell you, politics making you all gaga. Who is going to pay the individual for all the insurance he has paid over the years on the goods which were in his possession. The Ministry knew he had the goods, yet made no effort to do what was necessary. So stop yapping uselessly!

  8. OUTRAGED BY LIES!!!!
    November 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm Reply

    They need to pay the ppl their rent money for the past few months and stop talking nonsense. Why are they giving the general public the impression that the owners are cooperating why they too are being bias. Im so outraged by this man’s lop sided lies. Warehouses are businesses, and when it comes to earning a possible income, owners DO NOT look at faces of government. Please get this CLEAR!

    1. OUTRAGED BY LIES!!!!
      November 10, 2016 at 12:35 pm Reply

      *aren’t co operating

    2. Anon1
      November 11, 2016 at 10:08 am Reply

      Because they love taking us for idiots and we along them too because we too concerned about colours and loyalty to a party….

      Yet We Lucians fail to realise they don’t have any loyalty to us!

  9. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 12:24 pm Reply

    The owner is the one who informed the government th at he had the goods in storage. He has paid insurance on the goods for years.

  10. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Guy one day you must stop you want to play god tan toe tan toe

    1. Anonymous
      November 10, 2016 at 6:13 pm Reply

      lmao

    2. kelba
      November 10, 2016 at 10:27 pm Reply

      I thought Kenny and the SLP had that opportunity.

      1. Person
        November 11, 2016 at 8:38 am Reply

        Awah Kelba..you have your head so far up somewhere that you could tell what these politicians had for breakfast two weeks ago. Get your head out.

  11. Observer
    November 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

    This government has been in power less than one year. How long have the goods been at the warehouses???
    So why blame the current Minister for taking action to get the goods needed for the hospital?
    I think allow the man to do what he is being paid for by our tax dollars. If it has to go to court so be it. It’s time these politicians get off their buts.

    1. kelba
      November 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm Reply

      And save the country from some useless expenses when the hospital need money. I hope all the goods were still in tact.

  12. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

    If the Goods were at the port They Would have to pay the rent before it can be release hospital or not. Would you get police involve if the were stored at slaspa. So pay the man his rent like you Would to solapa.

    1. kelba
      November 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm Reply

      Nonsense. There is enough empty space at the secured hospital. besides government can get rent waived from SLASPA and it had no reason to stay there.

  13. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Slaspa

  14. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm Reply

    I agree

  15. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Mwehh Mem

  16. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm Reply

    LIKE A BOSS

  17. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Why are you people so politial. Stop playing blame game. Tell me when will supporters of polotical parties stop complaining and find something better to talk about. The complains never stop. The critiques are non stop. The truth is the answer to the question don’t come until the next five years.

  18. Sad-But-True
    November 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Rotflmbao, out of all people to do this mess is the Vieux-Mal-Coolie, Guy Joseph? Guy Joseph is as shameless as a two dollar Trick. Dem bus drivers again. Smh!

  19. Sad-But-True
    November 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Honestly if this was my property, I would have kicked Guy Joseph in the face.

    1. Realist!
      November 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm Reply

      …me too!! Lol

    2. Anonymous
      November 10, 2016 at 6:46 pm Reply

      Mate too pah too! Doesn’t guy have office ,policy work to do.? Why is he every where and always in a problem? Awah wee……that’s his side of the story so there is a reputable other side!

  20. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm Reply

    The police should get a warrant and seize the equipment. The owner can bill government if he is owed rent or sue them. This type of storage arrangements too cozy for me. I wonder what next from the Taliban

  21. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Frankly I think you all Jackasses that is blaming GUY or UWP are not affected by where ST.Jude Hospital is. If I read correctly It said they wanted to see the goods, not take them? If the owner is a patriotic St.Lucian with nothing to hide, but for his rent money he could have let them see the goods and let them know without rent monies nothing leaving his warehouse. I wonder how many of youu know that equipment bought for St.Jude Hospital has gone bad already because of poor storage conditions , you see only the people who work at the hospital and leave in the south feels the pain. A stadium continuing to detiorate, bad sewer system, go to the east side you will see and smell. If you all so call persons care, all you skill full ones offer to help in the completion for the patients sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 2:19 pm Reply

    This is what you call madness!!!!! I have never seen a Minister take part in an administration (day to day running) of any department like this. Minister are policy makers!!!

    1. kelba
      November 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm Reply

      He is the Minister in charge of the goods and the construction of the hospital. Nothing wrong with that. Its nice to see him there and do not just send the officers to do what we usually term “the dirty work”. So what is so mad about that? I agree that he did not have to be there but he chose to. Wah wrong wid dat?

  23. real truths
    November 10, 2016 at 2:38 pm Reply

    You go guy it’s time this nonsense stops

  24. LB
    November 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

    WHY should the government BEG for the release of their own goods, obviously bought with government funds … makes NO sense to me.
    If the people who stored the goods were of good will, they would have shown TRANSPARENCY of the goods stored, etc. … makes NO sense to me of their current actions.
    Guy Joseph going forth to get government goods on behalf of the government of St Lucia …. makes sense to me.

  25. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm Reply

    All labours take jail corrupt corrupt corrupt

  26. T
    November 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm Reply

    oh sad but true i miss u… welcome back darling.. This GUY JOSEPH guy, i tell u will find himself in one mess soon for his stupid mouth.

  27. DD
    November 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm Reply

    I don’t understand the Police or SLAPS or Guy Joseph. The Police cannot come to my house and pic up something they say I have belonging to someone. They have to show me the legal documents to… That is BASIC so what are the intentions of the Police? their legal minds on pause. Stupid move! Embarrassing! Getting involved with politics. Of course you must get the governments property but do it in the parameters of the law.
    What is Guy Joseph doing there? Stop playing politics and do the job sick !

  28. Unknown but known
    November 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm Reply

    You’ll SLPs are too corrupt. Supplies meant for the hospital, they do not belong to the business owner. If he loved St. Lucia he would have made these supplies available to the government of St Lucia and the people of vfort and environs. Guy get the court and go raid that premises.

    Just goes to show how ridiculous SLP is. Thank GOD they are no longer in power. Sakquè criminel zot yè

  29. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Five or Six locations were discovered????? A complete list of supplies and storage locations were given to the Minister of Economic Development in early August 2016 together with a list of goods and equipment and only now these locations were discovered by the “audit”? This is just a poor excuse to justify the EC$800,000 “audit”

    1. mal fini
      November 10, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply

      The audit was to sniff out all the crap that your SLP friends did. You expected it to business as usual. How much materials went to you. Suh honte.

  30. Dacobs
    November 10, 2016 at 4:36 pm Reply

    this whole thing sounds like hearsay to me. What is Guy doing going to repossess stolen goods anyway. Some reputable civil servant should let him know this is not his role. He is a politician and not a policeman. The owner should sue him for trespassing.

  31. belbreeze
    November 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm Reply

    The rent bill must be paid before the goods are released because if ANY government can do what they want to the people of this land then we no longer have a democracy but a dictatorship.
    I also believe that it is not necessary to invite the press to watch you do your job,,,,just so you can politicize everything. Just do your job. All that finger pointing is juvenile .lets try to get on with work

    1. Vicar
      November 11, 2016 at 4:22 am Reply

      Well said. All these comments about SLP and UWP are uncalled for. People need to look at the fact that Gov’t (not party) owes rent! Simple! Pay the rent and get your goods. As much as we want the hospital complete we should not rob someone out of their work. If we allow the Gov’t to do what they want we all going to hell in a hand basket. How can you take me to court when you owe me money? The Govt has asked you to store equipment for them and then think they can simple come and collect and not pay you for your hard work. I want to know how may of you civil servants would say “that’s not a problem” if the gov’t said “I go pay you this month’s salary end of December” we cool?

  32. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm Reply

    I will never understand you’ll stupid people, red or yellow, guy don’t need the material for himself he need it to fix the hospital
    How could our people be so cold an wicked smh , put politics on a side an think

  33. tired of uneducated people
    November 10, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Y’all critics stop playing blame game politrics finish already u guys talk alot of crap u talk without understanding what u read and stop wishing bad for guy joseph the hole u dig for him is your leg that will break in it and guy is a mountain SLP cannot climb so stay in yall section. Sad but true is leading yall strait to hell with his crap

  34. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 4:47 pm Reply

    CAN’T BELIEVE SOME OF THE COMMENTS SOME OF YOU’LL PPL ARE SO DUMB,,, HOW LONG THE GOODS ARE BEEN STORED AND HOW LONG THIS NEW GOVERNMENT IS IN POWER …. LIKE ARE SOME OF YOU’LL SERIOUS …. JAIL ALL OF THEM … GUY TO BOLD FOR YOU’LL ….. SOME OF YOU’LL GETTING ON LIKE IF SLP EH (word removed) YOU’LL CANNOT EAT …. GROW (Worrds removed) UP AND HELP YOU’LL SELF (Expression removed) @ YOU’LL

  35. Sollay ah ka klaywaye
    November 10, 2016 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Go for it Guy. These labour scoundrels need to be in handcuffs. SLP operatives should be ashamed at the diabolical mess at St. judges. After that it’s time for National Lottery and the stinking bobol that were contrived by supposedly Christian false ‘consultants’. That person needs locking up for good…. Don’t talk for SSDF.

  36. Boom
    November 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Its just to show you how corrupt the s.l.p administration was. Job for the boys

  37. Eagles Eye
    November 10, 2016 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Every time I read certain comments I shudder. It’s time for SLP supporters to wake up and call a spade a spade. Why is the minister being blamed for his attempt to recover goods which was sent for the St. Jude’s hospital? There are St. Lucians who seem to be as corrupt or wicked as those who form the last administration to oppose the move taken by the minister. If no action is taken, they complain, action taken they complain. These people need to be placed in a category of their own, and ignored.

  38. a few questions
    November 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm Reply

    a few questions?
    1. Why do you need cameras to execute Ministry business?
    2. Goods are stored in so many different locations and the government knew nothing about it? this would have to be a conspiracy involving several businesses… something here not making sense.
    3. if there are so many different locations, why chose this one to recover? won’t the rest be alerted and destroy the evidence before you get to them? cause there a so many you did know about, doesn’t that mean there could be more?

    1. a few questions
      November 10, 2016 at 8:48 pm Reply

      4. why weren’t the goods stored on site in the first place?

    2. Anonymous
      November 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm Reply

      yea sloppy en?

  39. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm Reply

    Something is definitely not right here. Guy Joseph may not be going about it the correct way, but from the look of things it appears downright fishy! We have a situation where people in dire need of medical attention and this is the kind of papishow we are faced with? What the hell is going on in St.Lucia? These damn politicians has sunk St. Lucia to rock bottom and the stupid party hacks are no better themselves.

  40. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply

    let trump buy it all he’s coming over anyways with his mega yacht and hordes of secret service.

  41. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply

    all hit that go down Guy in it lmao

  42. Concerned
    November 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Pay the people and then youbcan get your goods. Simple. Dont be stupid lucians. They owe the people and this has to stop. Pay the people.

  43. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Make sure the government pay you for storage before you give up the goods.

  44. Anonymous
    November 10, 2016 at 7:55 pm Reply

    That warehouse arrangement but made at the time of the UWP administration over six years ago. That stant Guy Joseph pull to discredit the SLP just back fired in his face. He is just upset it Wasn’t stored at his place.

  45. Sad-But-True
    November 11, 2016 at 4:29 am Reply

    We must be aware that Guy Joseph is a Bus driver and will always be. And Wendy, you aught to be ashamed of yourself for your choice of partner. After you did those online courses for your bus driver, he is still a stu.pid and du.mb vieux mal-coolie, who is too d.umb to succeed any exams like real academics.

  46. JOHN WILLIAMS
    November 11, 2016 at 6:23 am Reply

    It’s a great idea to store your merchandise in one area. However, you must pay your bills FIRST. This misguided entry into the storage area is just another harebrained idea from Guy. A showman as always, without an iota of smarts. I personally have stuff in storage. However, I know if I don’t pay the month-end bill that I will lose access.

  47. Anon1
    November 11, 2016 at 10:16 am Reply

    Where have all the GOOD journalist GONE!

    St Lucia Times released the above article not sure if they wrote it but the people of St Lucia via comments are giving the other half of the story.

    You read the above article and think what’s wrong with this warehouse owner BUT then you read the comments and realise “but wait Government haven’t paid for the storage fees.

    PLEASE LUCIANS USE SOME COMMON SENSE – EVEN YOU JOURNALIST…

  48. Kill It
    November 11, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Was there a Storage arrangement with this man or is it self proclaimed?

  49. Anonymous
    November 12, 2016 at 12:38 am Reply

    Would you allow your warehouse to be utilized without prior or proper arrangements? What do you think?

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