UWP Supports Probe into SNL

PRESS RELEASE:-UWP supports Investigation into Shawn Edwards handling of National Lottery. The MP Must Resign!

The United Workers Party is in support of a full and extensive investigation into the alleged abuse of office and the accusations of mismanagement of the funds of the National Lotteries Authority, during the time MP for Dennery North Shawn Edward had oversight over the organization.

 

The damning documents released in the House of Parliament and in the public domain, raise questions about the former Minister for Sports. It is alleged that during his tenure as Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Edwards gave directives to the Board of the National Lotteries Authority, to have an account that was set up by the previous Board be under the direct supervision of him as the Minister and it was therein referred to as the Ministers Account. The previous set up with this account was to finance small requests up to an amount of $5000 but Mr. Edward directed the board to assign 1/3 of the average $700,000 monthly funds of the lotteries to this account with the Minister having direct oversight.

 

Documents in the public domain further indicate that during the last six months leading up to the general elections of 2016, the Minister utilized this account as though it was a personal piggy bank and directed the board to expend a total of $2.09 Million dollars; with monthly amounts as high as $500,000 both in March and May 2016, conspicuously weeks before the polls.

 

The former Minister defended his tenure by indicating that he never signed any cheques and that the board was responsible for writing cheques. Based on the documents released and information reaching the United Workers Party there is no evidence to suggest that the board of which the Former Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Ms Jadia Jn Pierre and Anse La Raye Candidate, John Victorin was a part of, ever gave any contracts or approved any of the supposed activities that the cheques were written for.

 

The United Workers Party demands that Shawn Edwards be answerable to the sports people of Saint Lucia and the public of Saint Lucia and answer the following questions:

  • Why was the account termed as the Ministers account used to for a cheque to NICE for $70,000.00?
  • Why and who was the purchase for I-Phones to the tune of over $5,000 for?
  • Why was a cheque written to a Medical school for $15,000 with no explanations?

 

It is very concerning to the UWP that under the leadership of Shawn Edward the Lotteries expended a total of $1.44 million dollars, not including the lights which cost another $700,000 on the Dennery La Ressource Playing Field and an amount of $1.03 million dollars, between 2015-2016, on the Marigot Playing field, with nothing to show for these expenditures.

 

The United Workers Party calls on the Former Minister, the former Press Secretary Ms Jadia Jn Pierre, the Candidate for Anse La Raye Mr John Victorin and other Board Members to explain, why were contracts issued to SLP Candidate for Castries South East Joachim Henry in the name of his company Edah Inc to an average of $244,000.00 for the supervision of works that were not completed but yet he was paid in full?

 

Leader of the Opposition, Philip J Pierre in his press conference on July 13 said: “every political party and government should set standards to oversee the behavior of their officials and if they fall short, they should resign. He also stated that apart from the legal ramifications, ethics should seriously be considered”.

 

The United Workers Party wishes to ask Hon Phillip J Pierre to state that it fully supports an inquiry and investigation into the use of the funds of the lotteries which should answer the following questions:

  • Did the Saint Lucia Labour Party use the National Lotteries monies for campaign funding?
  • Why were so many projects executed six months prior to the date of elections with no Board approval?
  • Did the Former Minister Shawn Edwards abuse his authority over the National Lottery?
  • Were members of the Board complicit in the Minister’s alleged abuse of the Minister’s account?

 

By his own words, the Leader of the Opposition should immediately request the resignation of Mr. Shawn Edwards. Or is this simply another case of the Labour Party continuing it’s two-faced and double standards mentality. We demand that the Leader of the Opposition do the Honourable thing and ask Mr. Shawn Edwards to resign and also demand that Senator Joachim Henry resign from the senate.

25 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 7:48 am

    This is not the pot calling the kettle black, but the charcoal calling the kettle black. You guys need to focus on delivering on your promises. Crime, especially murder is on the increase, no ching ching ching in peoples pocket and the DSH snake oil salesman has clearly fooled you’ll. You need to govern and deliver on your promises and stop the political side show.

    1. Anonymous
      July 29, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Agreed. But they also need to prosecute thieves. But then they are all thieves. So nothing will come of this like all the other probes.

    2. Serious
      July 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Rightfully the UWP must cleanup the whole load of dirtiness inside Fair Helen, the kettle, the SLP placed there in the previous five years. The citizens must have the opportunity to see and understand the amount of filth the SLP government placed inside Fair Helen. Theirs was political expediency and disguised government. Now we must have patience which is the forerunner of knowledge and learning. We must remove all dirty substances still in the bottom and bosom of the kettle to prevent similar mistakes in future. Calling it a political side show is incorrect. Instead let’s brand it as the cleansing of the kettle.

  2. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Amen
    So why didn’t the uwp ask Dr.Ubaldus Raymond to resign when his penis was all over social media.worldwide uhhhhh.
    All of you’ll politicians are thieves. so uwp shut you’ll buttttts.
    SLP, UWP .same damb thing
    Mem bet mem pwell

    1. Anonymous
      July 29, 2017 at 9:56 am

      It is 2017 a world where we have self driving cars and islands with high rises are being built in the oceans and yet some of you lucians still think and act like primary school drop outs. And the sad thing is there are foreigners visiting the island to study in higher learning.

  3. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 8:25 am

    As long as GUY JOSEPH walks the streets of St. Lucia as a free man the SLP owes the UWP…DUST

  4. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 8:31 am

    They’all are theives….both side needs too go to jail….set am example….from prime minister to minster’s …

  5. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I voted for you’ll to give me and all of St.lucians good governance.
    Just focus on what you’ll promise okk.
    The pass is d pass
    Let’s move on if we want to see progress.Lets unite as one ppl,one nation to make St.lucia a better COUNTRY.
    Let’s deal with the unemployment rate,the high crime rate…….
    Come on UWP……..
    Work towards what ur name symbolises,UNITED WORKERS PARTY.
    I think we need men like: DANLEY LEBORNE, STEVENSON KING to govern our country.
    Women like :SARAH FLOOD,FELICIA BROWN to govern our county.
    We need a serious leader that will think of country and progress.

  6. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Whoever owns St.lucia times needs to go to hell …………..
    U r a flamboo hack…….

    1. Anonymous
      August 2, 2017 at 11:52 am

      U sound like an slp hack tho…..

  7. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Did i read the word ethics in the above! All of a sudden the UWP is talking about ETHICS, most unethical party and government ever. it is all around us, every day something unethical surfaces with this government.

  8. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Flambeau must go ..ppl form a new party uh

  9. Curious
    July 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Tired of all these investigations which all come to a big fat zero at huge amounts of costs to tax payers. The very latest in the long string is St. Judes and the Cul de Sac explosion.

  10. Sweet lucian
    July 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Envaitay people crying every where things hard.Public servants talking between their teeth how hard and unfair this government is…When we analyse yes we voted them in for a change. BUT that change is the worse change ever in history

  11. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Ppl yes let all who bruis lucia must pay..but doh let UWP distract whar going in in the country.school shifting ppl sent home .while some suggesting if they could open ten schools for there wife ..penis have know respect teachers .doctors .children feeling the pinch and the list go on ..so my ppl pls doh be dismay but ..all who do the crimes they have to account..

  12. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I’m guessing EY will also do the audit

  13. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 11:18 am

    You all are still engaged in diversionary tactics even after a whole year? Could you tell us what your party’s plans are for reducing debt. So far your budget seeks to double the debt to GDP ratio. Tell the nation when the savings from VAT will be materialised.
    You appear to be more concerned with rewarding your elitist friends, repaying your campaign financiers and engaging in policies that benefit you, your family and elected members while others are left to fight for the crumbs.
    Please remember you were elected on a mandate of change. This drivel may appeal to the simpletons and functional illeterates that have placed you on a pedestal but the more educated are able to discern the facts from unintelligible babbling.
    No get on with the business of the state and demonstrate that your are worthy representatives.

  14. Vibz
    July 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    No corrupt practices either by present or former government officials should go unpunished. It seems as though there is ample evidence that misappropriation of the Lotteries funds occurred under the former Minister. All corrupt practices by present or former Ministers of Government should be fully investigated. It’s quite baffling and disturbing that some people want these allegations to be carpeted. Alarming! Corruption is costly and should not go unpunished. Corruption by government officials leads to higher taxes, no increase for civil servants, high unemployment and other undesirables. A full-blown investigation is needed. When corruption goes unpunished others are easily tempted to do likewise. Remember this, the rotten apple spoils his companions.

  15. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    What a failed party with zero policy ideas, zero talent, zero brains , just a bunch of corrupt crooked self centered bench warmers politrickans. Hey UWP whilst you at it have uballus resign, together with GUY the thief, oh and still waiting for an explanation as to why LAMENT resigned. Waiting on the extra $6 SLP made from gas. U know what I don’t blame the crooked politicians, I blame the brainless, inept citizenry who vote for them. Some people should be barred from voting if they don’t understand basic comprehension.

  16. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    another volaire in the SLP. WHO KNEW??? SAME OLD.

    1. Anonymous
      July 29, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      If there is proof of corruption then prosecute him if not stfu . The biggest volair is ALlen and his cronies. dumb dumb people like keep voting for those tainted individuals .

  17. Mel
    July 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    This UWP government is the dirtiest and most corrupt of any government ever. Guy Joseph and Nancy Octopus Charles should be in jail years ago. As for the PM and his wife…the authors of corruption and conflict of interest…raping this nation and filling their pockets.. they should be in jail for crimes against humanity robbing the poor and giving the rich, denying the poor their basic rights. UWP come with your inquiry…we have nothing to hide. But you guys have shown that you are crooks…you are thieves…you are a heartless bunch of crooks!

  18. Trump
    July 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    make st .lucia great again Allan please

  19. Quincy Anderson
    July 29, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    So anonymous you know ubaldus penis very well to say it was his penis?

  20. Jacques Boucle
    July 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    This is a theater of the absurd. The UWP of all political parties is accusing one of corruption. This is very ironic. All the UWP is attempting to do is change the narrative. Instead, they should address the problems with DSH, CIP, the economic malaise, a failing health care system, a failing school system, widespread unemployment, conflict-of-interest in government, and social ills like poverty, skyrocketing crime rate including rape, sexism, misogyny, etc. It would be better if they would clean house first before claiming foul. Having do this would give them some modicum of credibility and respect.

    The representative for Dennery North during his tenure as Sport’s Minister had done more work in his constituency than all other ministers combined in the past 50 years. To allege misappropriation of funds under his watch is tantamount to a with hunt. Why don’t you broaden the investigation to include Guy Joseph, Allan Chastanet, Stephenson King etc. and all those deemed corrupt. We in Dennery North are very proud of our parliamentary representative and we hold him to very high standard. Get off his back you incompetent UWPs!!! You should govern the country instead of your usual engagement in hypocrisy.

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