NSC ‘taken aback’ by Ubaldus Raymond scandal

NSC ‘taken aback’ by Ubaldus Raymond scandal

The National Students’ Council  (NSC) has said that it is ‘very taken aback’ by recent developments involving the Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond.

Raymond is at the centre of a scandal involving nude photographs, allegedly of him, that were leaked on social media along with extracts of an alleged WhatsApp conversation between the minister and an 18 year old female who attends Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.

“As a body which serves to bridge a divide between government and students, can we not expect a better example from our leaders?” The NSC said in a statement released to the Times today.

According to the student organization, in a time where there is an evident search for identity, young persons must  have sound role models to lead them in ‘savory’ directions.

It said that regardless of  the situation, students deserve their peers and government to support them emotionally as opposed  to  further  tearing  them down.

The NSC called for government services to aim at providing support and guidance to the female student who is at the centre of the scandal with the minister in this time of evident need.

The young woman was arrested and charged for blackmail amid allegations that she threatened to expose the minister if she was not paid.

Raymond issued a statement declaring,among other things, that he would bot be bullied.

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, just this week warned against a rush to judgement in the case, asserting that an there is a pending investigation and a court matter.

“As soon as the details are available to me and I can make a decision we will make that decision, but up until now I have to allow the court to take its process,” he said when asked whether Raymond will step down or be asked to resign.

The NSC said in its statement today that in recent months, the use of social media to embarrass and disgrace young persons has become a rampant trend with an ever expanding range of victims.

“ We can only hope and pray that the life of this young woman will not be greatly affected by the negative attention this unfortunate situation may attract,” the statement said.

The student group urged the public and students to refrain from further hurtful remarks about the student involved.

“ If we as students and young people do not decide on our own to elevate our thinking and our mindsets, we become simply statistics, destined only to the harsh realities of society. We need to continually embody the change we wish to see in order to inspire change from those who observe us. This is not a call only for peace or justice, it has become a call for lives and change. If we are a kingdom divided against ourself  how can we stand?” The NSC said.

It added:

“Our hearts go out to the families of the individuals implicated who themselves have been the subject of ridicule. We urge students, leaders and all Saint Lucians to rise above our circumstance and accept the challenge to change.”

 

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23 Comments

  1. A Parent
    January 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Best I have heard about this whole situation. I still say the Minister should have known better!!!

  2. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm Reply

    Even though the young lady is of age, in certain countries, he would have been asked to step down because what he did via social media is a breach of ethics and basic morality rules of a government official.

    For him to not to face any punishment whatsover would be a gross misstep in the office of the Prime Minister.

    1. Anonymous
      January 24, 2017 at 11:25 pm Reply

      Well said

  3. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

    Well put together piece of article.

    1. Anonymous
      January 24, 2017 at 5:38 pm Reply

      The headline is misleading.

  4. Sharon terrell
    January 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

    The young woman should have known better to not published this nude allegedly of ubaldus raymond on Facebook also u never see smoke without fire.

  5. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Q have anybody Q if he had this thing going on before her 18th bd .ppl should be asking this Q

    1. me
      January 25, 2017 at 12:18 am Reply

      Isnt the age of consent 16 so would it matter?

  6. Dacobs
    January 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Ubaldus should be asked to step down. Whether or he wins the legal case his involvement in this scandal – the publication of nude pics of him allegedly has placed the office of the minister of finance in disrepute. How could any one when dealing with this man not be distracted by the nude images of him in their heads? How could they take the man serious? He is a liability to the running of the country Chastanet Admit it.

    1. Joshua
      January 24, 2017 at 11:39 pm Reply

      Indeed
      His resignation should come before the end of this month because I believe he brings more shame to the government and also to the country when he attends meetings under the heading Minster of Finance. It would also be wise on his part that he tried to resign quickly, as the longer he holds that sit the more harm he brings to the reputation of himself and his family.

  7. 666
    January 24, 2017 at 3:01 pm Reply

    The PM should do the right thing and let him go, people should start protesting as well. Taxpayers should not pay for this kind of low-class ethics. Remember who pays for their huge salaries! We demand better representation.

  8. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm Reply

    Very good. I support the NSC

  9. Vibz
    January 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply

    The young persons of the NSC should be highly commended for their very thoughtful statements. The court case is whether or not the young lady is guilty of extortion and not about Dr. Raymond’s guilt or innocence. For the Prime Minister to say that he is waiting on the trial is just chucklesome. Dr. Raymond has been damaged beyond repair as a Minister of Government by his own doings. For the PM to keep this badly tainted Minister in his Cabinet is odious. Let go of Dr. Raymond, PM, as one bad apple spoils the whole bunch.

    1. Anonymous
      January 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm Reply

      Do we know know the facts of the matter at hand?
      It is better to be fully informed before we pass judgement.
      Be slow to speak and quick to hear.

  10. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply

    Wat I hate is the way he speak like people will do u rong no matter like he never did nothing an they have him like a conceller giivin people ideas choops

  11. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Is it safe to leave female students in the care and custody of a male educator who is carefully monitoring their age and growth?

  12. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 5:14 pm Reply

    NSC that’s the best statement so far. Thought I would hear something similar from the PM. What u waiting to hear that shed guilty of blackmail? That has been established. What are u saying about the moral issue of this case on the ministers part. I may be wrong but I haven’t heard the minister say that’s not him and he never had a relationship with the young lady.

  13. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    The NSC said in its statement today that in recent months, the use of social media to embarrass and disgrace young persons has become a rampant trend with an ever expanding range of victims.
    SAY WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!! EXCUSE ME
    Disgrace young people, who uses social media more but the young people , they are the ones using social media to dis their peers
    this is their domain , for the number of nude pics of young people in people gallery, mine included they solicit,money from unsuspecting males by showing nude photos
    have what the call phone sex and the likes
    NSC should be speaking to their peers and educate them about the ills of social media
    as to the young lady this is not the first i understand she has done there are plenty in the wings of her just wailing to explode
    tan toe tan toe

  14. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply

    She is of the age of consent the only problem is. Things didnt go her way i do Blake ubaldus for not keeping to the eñe of his bargain and trusting her with those nune photoes. Who is without sin cast the first stone let see how many of u is guilty of worst

  15. anonymous
    January 25, 2017 at 7:38 am Reply

    why hasn’t this guy resigned yet?????

  16. UK
    January 25, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply

    This MP must resign. St. Lucia needs to be cleaned up and our PM must start with the MPs and work his way down. It must start from the top.
    They have a responsibility to the country and the people and that must be respected.

  17. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 1:37 am Reply

    what law was broken by the individuals involved except blackmail which is evident by the whatsup messages.
    consenting adults having their way
    which one of us haven’t done that (Word deleted) (I included ) the problem here is if you a player you have to learn the game, can’t just jump into that thing they call playing
    this nonsense of screaming for the minister resignation, is pure political on what grounds MORALITY !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Where in the constitution is morality spelled out
    we just a bunch of hipocrites

  18. Londongurl
    February 7, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Then she shouldn’t have been arrested and charged if PM cannot comment on the matter, bateese, They like too many young girls!!

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