Baptiste criticises DSH consultations

Alva Baptiste,  former Minister of External Affairs, International Trade & Civil Aviation, has criticised the government’s scheduled public consultations on the controversial $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings Limited (DHS) project planned for the South for Saint Lucia.

He has accused the Allen Chastanet administration of putting the cart before the horse.

“Basically you sign an agreement with serious  implications  for Saint Lucia and then you are going to consult with the people of Vieux Fort or the people of Saint Lucia?” Baptiste said.

He declared that the consultations are tantamount to no consultations whatsoever.

The Laborie MP observed that the people of Vieux Fort have a development model for themselves.

Alva Baptiste said there are ‘authentic intellectuals’ in Vieux Fort South and in other constituencies who are quite capable of emerging with a rational and convincing proposal for their development.

He stated that he was aware that many groups in Vieux Fort held consultations in the past and continue to consult on the way forward for Vieux Fort South.

“So the Prime Minister cannot go and sign an agreement and thereafter when the agreement is in the public domain and we understand the implications of the agreement, what can the Prime Minister say to anybody in Vieux Fort, Laborie, Pierrot, Laborie, even Micoud South to convince them that listen ‘what is in the agreement is not true and will not have implications for us?'” The former Minister told reporters.

He said:

“We are not without understanding. We are people with the cerebral competence to understand things and to proffer new solutions for the problems that beset us as a people.”

According to Baptiste, the consultations should have preceded the signing of any agreement by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and the developer.

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has criticised the DSH project, asserting that the current agreement is not in the best interests of Saint Lucia and should be renegotiated.

However the government has hit out at what it described as ‘fear mongering’ in connection with the mega project.



  1. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Does Alva Baptiste Speak for every person from the south? Although it should have been done before to consult persons from the south about the project, but allow them to hear what the government is saying or proposing and let them make their own judgement.

  2. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 11:56 am

    You cannot be serious Alva. What development model is that the Vieux Fort people have for themselves? All of a sudden a model by the people of Vieux Fort exist as your party is no longer in power. Kenny Anthony and the SLP failed to develop Vieux Fort just like John Compton did with Desruisseaux and Allen Chastanet is doing right now. They see it as sure seats and therefore do not see the need to really do much there

  3. Sharon terrell
    February 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    My,my,my…We are not with out understanding.We are a people with the cerebral competence to understand things.I dont think so Alba not all.Because you and your party are yet to understand the DSH Project i mean when you dont understand the difference between sell and buy,rent and lease simple basic math even a dummy would know that,then i don’t know what to say.Maybe its because english is not one of your strong points.Or get one of you’ll labor party patio translators.Right now you’ll working over night to block Allan Chastanet progress that will not work, God set the people free from Pharoah ( Kennyochio liar leather face Anthony if they want to go back to slavery, their next time they will be eating dirt.You’ll have no idea how to run a country no common sense big heads small minds,just repeat offenders.The SLP are a poison to ST.LUCIA.

    1. Anonymous
      February 1, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Amen to that Sharon.

  4. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Why didnt the SLP administration have the same approach for Greinberg and all the rest. I remember distinctly Kenny saying on television news clip “he does not have to answer any questions about the then fallen project. And it died a silent death. I am neither here nor there regarding parties but seriously you guys really jokie. ALL NEED TO GO TO JAH AND REPENT FOR THIS COUNTRY TO GO FORWARD.

  5. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Wow, I lived in Vx Fort for 15 years and still have property there. The difference between the VxFort of pre and post Dr. Anthony and SLP ( before 1997 and the present is like green bananas and the Chinese factories….lol Sir John. You UWP puppets do a facts check or shut up!

  6. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    If that project is so good for vieux fort and St.Lucia y didnt thé labour Patty signed it didnt thé former PM say that the conditions wasnt in the best intérest of St.Lucia so hé refuse to go à long with it,u have heard it that more rediculas conditions have been added,i think its time thé government Côme out and let US know what thé conditions are si we can pût that to rest

  7. 798798798
    February 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Intellectuals like yourself Mr. Alva and Dr. Kenny Anthony should have been the ones spearheading this project while your government was in power.

  8. Febert
    February 1, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Alva you miss that $$$ bwoy. Big house in black bay, 2 houses in augier, son at uwi,….oh how u miss that $$$!

    1. Anonymous
      February 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Used tires he has under his car…lol

  9. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm


  10. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I think you guys need to be quiet for a while. The whole bunch of SLP guys are bluffers. Big – mouthed individuals who knows how to blow hot air, while at the same time fulling their pockets. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no UWP either. One is just the shadow of the other!

  11. christopher moore
    February 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    They just want to hold off until they’re back in power in hopes to line their own pockets. $2.6 Billion is a massive project to employ people. Instead of talking of change. Be the change. You don’t like the agreement. Get another one. Then present it to the people and leadership. Until then you’re just stirring up discord.

  12. Mags
    February 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Alva kudos for your feigned indignation. Did your supreme leader ever consult anyone whilst bypassing the Governor General to lease St. Lucia’s seabed? Hypocrisy. Labour ruled through fear and intimidatio.

  13. annoyed
    February 1, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Amen they all come with empty promisses they fill their pockets is what they do and blame each other forget kenny and Allan God ist coming soon prepare y’all selves for him instead

  14. Anonymous
    February 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    well well u SLP guys ant shame for once there is going to be sustainable enconmic activity in Vieux Fort an the so call champions of the people are protesting we all no to well their agenda hey guess who is leading the charge watch them ……

  15. Beverly expensive
    February 1, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Blow Avla blow
    blow Kenny blow
    you cannot stop it..
    tell us about Jufali ..bloody bluffers..Grinberg. .Rachael ..St. judges..go back to dream land..we don’t need your sick.. rusty ..waiste of time advise..we have a Prime Minister in the over you while you’re alive not dead..history for your face

  16. pondering
    February 19, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I guess we will all experience the DSH project soon enough. All the SLP haters or UWP haters will all be singing the same song.

    We must not forget we are the people of St Lucia and when things goes wrong we suffer. Allen will not.

    Matters like the DSH project must be objectively and openly discussed because we the small people will either benefit or suffer.

    Its time we stop the red and yellow blashing. Let’s converse meaningfully and learn from each other.