PM begs for patience on Ubaldus Raymond matter

Asserting that that until a determination can be made as to what really transpired in the matter involving Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond it is all “hearsay and who-say”, Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that he cannot make any comments until the case has been heard.

“The highest authority that has to conduct the investigation is conducting the investigation – anything that we would say, I don’t want to prejudice the situation, so allow the situation to proceed. Once we have determined what actually transpired then cabinet can make a determination on the morality of the issue,” Chastanet told reporters today.

He dismissed as untrue, reports that a vote on the issue saw a divided cabinet.

Asked about whether outspoken Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, had some conflicting issues relating to the Raymond matter, Chastanet said:

“Everybody has conflicting issues and all of us are having to exercise the greatest amount of patience to allow the process to go through.”

The Prime Minister asserted that Saint Lucia is a country of law.

“So when you ask for cabinet to do an investigation, what teeth does cabinet have? The fact is that we must have the fats to make that determination,” he said.

Asked about the impact of the Raymond scandal on the image of his government, Chastanet said it depended on how the matter was reported.

“If you are reporting factual information then people will come to a different conclusion, but the fact is I think that we all need to exercise patience and do the responsible thing. Once the case is heard and we understand what the facts are then everybody can jump to whatever conclusion they want based on facts. At this point all we know is that charges have been brought against a young lady, that there are pictures in circulation and  there’s  bunch of hearsay,” he stated.

Chastanet said he was begging everybody to exercise patience.

Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond, is at the centre of a social media scandal involved alleged nude photos of him and a purported WhatsApp conversation with a female.

A teenage student of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College was charged with blackmailing the minister amid reports that she demanded money from Raymond in the matter.