SLP wants answers on Forestierre Housing Scheme Contract

PRESS RELEASE:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party notes with great concern comments made by the Minister of Housing, Hon Guy Joseph and National Housing Corporation Chairman, Mr Timothy Mangal during the opening ceremony of the Forestierre Housing Project about the apparent generous financing arrangement  and non-payment for work provided by the contractor, Fresh Start.

Fresh Start is the same contractor that was recently awarded a contract purportedly worth $15M for road works in Micoud South. That contract was awarded by direct award – meaning that there was no public tendering process.

Given the relatively short and unknown business life of Fresh Start, the Saint Lucia Labour Party would like the following questions answered:

  1. What are the terms and conditions of the contract between Fresh Start and the National Housing Corporation?
  2. What method/methods were used to award the contract to Fresh Start?
  3. What is the exact cost of the contract?
  4. If according to Guy Joseph the contractor has not been paid “one cent on this project”, are there any interest charges to be paid when the contractor is paid? If so how much? We ask this questions because it is strange for a small contractor like Fresh Start to work for nearly one year without payment.  Are there any other considerations or promises related to that deal?
  5. Did the government of Saint Lucia provide any special concessions to Fresh Start?
  6. Was the Forestierre Housing project put to public tender considering the implied satisfaction with the terms as suggested by Minister Guy Joseph when he said: “if any contractor in Saint Lucia can offer me a package as good as the package that we receive on this project…..I am ready to engage them tomorrow”. Is the minister empowered to unilaterally award contracts?  How did the minister come to that conclusion?
  7. Was due diligence performed on Fresh Start?
  8. Was the Forestierre Housing Project contract conditioned upon guaranteed future Government contracts to Fresh Start that excludes other local contractors from the process of tendering?

The Saint Lucia Labour Party believes that it is important that these questions are answered by the Minister of Housing or the Prime Minister who is ultimately responsible for the financial matters of Saint Lucia.


  1. Anonymous
    August 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Crooks questioning crooks to prove who is the most skillful……..Interesting!
    I think Guy talk a little to much on that one.

  2. Sage
    August 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    @Anonymous I know right. This country is in trouble. These guys doing what they want.

  3. Anonymous
    August 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    All of a sudden SLP want answers to everything UWP does. When they were in Power did they provide answers to what they were doing? The answer is an emphatic NO. For St. Lucia to move forward is to stop this political warfare and be a patriotic St. Lucian. Stop being an SLP or UWP and come up with solutions to get ST. Lucia back on tract again. IF U have no SOLUTIONS simply keep Quiet.

  4. Jabal
    August 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    The only answer i want is how can i get a lot and when will they be selling near where i live so each of my siblings can buy a lot… Fight you’ll politics

  5. Anonymous
    August 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm


  6. Anonymous
    August 8, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Pierre tried of talking (Word deleted) so he sending juakim to ask for papers for him to wipe.

  7. honeybee
    August 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm


  8. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 4:12 am

    SLP has yet to answer about many other things so I’ll not sure on what ground they’re demanding answers. What about jufali.. and all the secrets around his appointment. Where is it diabetes center. Where is the hospital he promised. Where is the money he was supposed to donate. Where is the explanation for one of your minsters spending $10,000 on a business class flight to DC when the average cost for that flight is about 900. When you can answer any of those then i think you can start demanding answers.

    1. Anonymous
      August 9, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Where you getting a flight for $900 to DC, please tell me i flying tomorrow

    2. Anonymous
      August 9, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Yes we need answers for all these questions; but does this excuses the UWP for doing the same thing? I thought that we removed the SLP because we wanted a change, (better governance), not a continuation of the same.

  9. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Guy does talk to damn much, all the questions possed by SLP is legit, we want them answered.

  10. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 7:37 am

    slp needs to shut the hell up and allow the guys to run the country.

    1. Anonymous
      August 9, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Run it to the ground? Every government should be held accountable, after-all it is speeding our, the tax payers money. I do not care what colour the are.

  11. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 7:58 am

    a little bird told me that these lands have already been purchased by party faithfuls.