The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has expressed regret that His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, was manipulated to take part in a ceremony here.
According to a statement issued by the SLP the party regrets that a goodwill visit here by the Prince which the party sanctioned when in office, will be marred by involvement in a project that is the subject of public concern.
It was a reference to the $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings Limited ( DSH) project.
The SLP said it has been advised that Prince Harry will be taking part in a sod turning ceremony for the initiative.
“The Saint Lucia Labour Party regrets that the Prince was manipulated to participate in this ceremony by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet whether for promotional purposes or otherwise,” the opposition statement said.
The SLP said the project is the subject of controversy.
It observed that to date, the government has refused to answer opposition questions about the project.
“Likewise, it has refused to publish its agreement with DSH for public evaluation and scrutiny. Further, the Government has also refused to consult the people of the south whose lives would be dislocated if the developer has his way,” the SLP statement said.
The Allen Chastanet administration signed an agreement with the Hong Hong registered Desert Star Holdings in July this year for the project.
The agreement covered the construction of a race course, a free trade zone, a shopping mall complex, marina and other facilities on 700 acres of land in the South of Saint Lucia.
Just recently, Bradley Felix,Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Commerce, Industry, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs said that a ground breaking ceremony for the first phase of the project, the establishment of the race track, would have been held towards the end of this month.
The Government of Saint Lucia in collaboration with Desert Star Holdings Limited issued an invitation to the local media today to attend the Sod Turning Ceremony of the Royal St Lucia Turf Club in Vieux Fort on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
” Guests should be seated by 3:00 p.m to facilitate the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales,” the invitation said.
Prince Harry will visit Saint Lucia on November 24 and 25.