Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has told reporters that he is ‘absolutely confused’ about planned opposition Saint Lucia Party (SLP) protests over the Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project.
He asserted that he confused as to what the opposition is protesting about and expressed the view that other people are in the same position.
“I have no idea,” Chastanet said today.
Referring to the SLP’s calls for the DSH agreement to be renegotiated, the Prime Minister wanted to know what part of the deal the opposition was referring to.
“We have indicated that the lease side of the project has been restricted to the horse racing track and the other thing that was to be leased was space inside of the mangrove to build a museum,” he disclosed.
Chastanet explained that there is agreement that all the other land that is being discussed would be sold at between $US 60,000 and $US 90,000 an acre.
The Prime Minister declared that this represents substantially more money than the government had with its two previous deals in the same area.
“I don’t remember once the labour party coming to us as in opposition and saying days before the electiont ‘you might win and we would like you to be part of this conversation’, “ Chastanet said.
He asserted that in once case it was three days before the elections that the then labour government entered into and signed a contract with no ‘out’ clause.
“So I am confused when they say they want to participate in this process because to go by their protocol that they have established, even the dialogue that we have had would not be there,” the PM said.
But he made it clear that he was not in agreement with what the SLP has done in the past and would not prescribe their modus operandi moving forward.
He said all the pieces of land that have been identified have been identified for development by both political parties over the last twenty years.