Former political foes unite against Guy Joseph; call for his removal from St Jude reconstruction

Former political foes unite against Guy Joseph; call for his removal from St Jude reconstruction

Former Health Minister Dr Keith Mondesir and Former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony – once staunch political foes – have now united to call for the removal of Guy Joseph from the St Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project.

Mondesir, a former United Workers Party MP, attended a town hall meeting organized by the Vieux Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change Wednesday night where he called for the hospital reconstruction project to be taken over by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

“My suggestion is this, that Guy Joseph should be left out of this project. This project belongs to the Ministry of Communication and Works or what we now call Infrastructure because it’s an infrastructural project. It is not a project for economics. It’s an infrastructural project,” Mondesir said.

His sentiments we echoed by Former Prime Minister and MP for Vieux Fort-South Dr. Kenny Anthony.

“I agree with him that Guy Joseph must be removed from this project as quickly as possible,” Anthony said. “He has to be removed from managing this project because you cannot continue the construction of such a major item of infrastructure and shrouding it controversy, shrouding it in mystery, shrouding it with mischief. All of those things.”

Eight years after St Jude Hospital was destroyed by fire, the reconstruction has been mired in controversy. Reports say $118 million have been spent on the project with only an estimated 50 percent of work completed.

Construction work on the St Jude Hospital was halted shortly after the Allen Chastanet Administration took office in 2016 and dismissed the Project Management team.

Minister Joseph says he has requested plans for the hospital but to no avail.

“Those who say they had a plan, I have called on them on several occasions. Give us the plan! So when Dr. Kenny Anthony, as Minister of Finance, was signing direct award after direct award, he should have known as Prime Minister what the plans were. So when he wants to have a meeting, these are the things that he needs to tell the people of St Lucia,” Joseph said.

However Dr. Anthony suggested that the government placed the cart before the horse in its search for information about the project.

“How can you get answers about the issues you are raising with the hospital if the person who has the most knowledge, within weeks of you coming to office, you fire them. I would have thought that the proper thing to do was to hold on to that professional, obtain her support, review what has happened to the hospital, get all the information and then of course you decide afterwards she’s not the right person to bring to completion, you terminate,” Dr Anthony said.

The former Prime Minister added that the former Project Manager, Shanta King and the project consultants are now refusing to cooperate with the government because of threats of legal action.

“She feels, justifiably, well I have to protect myself. And the contractor as well as the project engineers feel the same way that they cannot enter into a relationship of cooperation for the very simple reason that they’re being threatened,” Anthony said.

Dr. Mondesir offered his suggestion to complete the hospital.

“My advice is to bring down that same firm who has a track record in St Lucia already for constructing a building that was sabotaged to come down here and see what they can do before we make any step further and find out how much it’s going to cost, how long it’s going to take us before we do that construction,” Mondesir said.

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  1. Former political foes unite against Guy Joseph; call for his removal from St Jude reconstruction – Caribbean Edition
    October 12, 2017 at 11:11 pm Reply

    […] Source: St. Lucia Times Former Health Minister Dr Keith Mondesir and Former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony – once staunch political foes – have now united to call for the removal of Guy Joseph from the St Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project. Mondesir, a former United Workers Party MP, attended a town hall meeting organized… Link: Former political foes unite against Guy Joseph; call for his removal from St Jude reconstruction […]

  2. Anonymous
    October 12, 2017 at 11:48 pm Reply

    Yall are all a bunch of clowns.

    1. Anonymous
      October 13, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply

      New Testament Verse of the Day:
      “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
      – Matthew 26: 11

      1. Johnny Fartypants
        October 13, 2017 at 9:52 am Reply

        Daily bollocks from Richard Head

  3. Concerned HF
    October 13, 2017 at 12:12 am Reply

    Dr. Anthony does have a point. Mr. Joseph, you put the cart before the horse. First you should have extracted all information from Shanta King, and her contractual engineers and if necessary fire them. Think you made a mess out of a bad situation. This hospital needs to be delivered like yesterday.

    1. MAKAC kENNEY
      October 13, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply

      Absolute crap. Dr Anthony knows better. If you are terminated from a project it is your responsibility to hand over every document, plan and pertinent information to your employers. These do not belong to you, but belong to your employers and you are simply the custodian of these things while you remain in the employ of the said employer. For Kenny Anthony to suggest otherwise is absolute deceit and hypocritical. Unless I suppose he is trying to cover his behind. The former project personnel are not bound to corporate with the Government beyond that. That is their choice. But in as far as documentation and project plan they are duty bound to provide them on demand whether or not they are still employed.

    2. Nick
      October 13, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply

      I believe you are misinformed. Remember the project does not belong to Shanta. It does not belong to the consultant and the SLP. Yes they were key workers on the project. The project is totally owned by the country and the present government stands as the custodian. Those former employees have a moral and professional obligation to submit all documents to the new government. It’s the most ethical thing to do. They should have prepared a full dossier listing all achievements and expectations. They could have present the implementation schedule to guide the new project management team. Refusing to cooperate and the excuse given show them in a bad light. As for the former Prime Minister and Dr. Mondesir they are both wrong in their assessment and recommendation and they are too political.

      1. Anonymous
        October 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm Reply

        Nick

        I disagree with you! Valuable institutional capacity/ knowledge on such a complex project should have been withheld, and not chased away by way of firing! Now, to continue this project in its present form is like finding a needle in a haystack cause like many have mentioned- a lot of documents, info is missing and not even the might GJ and his “personal” Auditor can solve it! Could this be a reason to want to demolish and start from ” scratch?

        Lets not argue! I am dead right!

        The real DJTrump

  4. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 1:45 am Reply

    After having jurisdiction over this project for a period of five years (2011-2016) both as Parliamentary Representative and yes indeed as Prime Minister, isn’t Dr. Anthony’s call somewhat comical? I suggest a petition be launched calling on Dr. Kenny D Anthony to Resign from this Country’s Politics as a sentence of condemnation for his “lapses” and “infelicities” of this Project. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. Standby for “Untold Stories Part 2 – St Jude the Patron Saint of Lost Causes”.

    1. No sides
      October 13, 2017 at 6:02 am Reply

      If you only knew how dumb u sounded making that statement. Sometimes it is best to put politics aside and try to see the real picture. Any and everybody with at least half of a brain could see the reason they are behind the demolition of the hospital is so that the can find a way to con out some money out of it to go to their pockets. As far as i see it guy dont care about st lucia. he cares about his pocket and personal gains. So yes even if I am not a labour supporter I really think guy should be left out for the sake of our own nation. And I believe st judes should be fixed to standard not demolished. We are tired of using the stadium as a hospital. Give us back our hospital it’s long over due. You bunch of con artist with youll silly excuses.

  5. Curious
    October 13, 2017 at 2:23 am Reply

    Kenny is a deceitful politician. Now he siding with Mondesir to take out st. Judes from Guy Joseph as economic minister and give it to King in Infrastructure. But when Kenny was in government he had the same St. Judes in his control as economic minister and never gave it to Pip Pierre in Infrastructure. Disgraceful.

    You see the problem we have. Deceitful and opportunistic politicians shamelessly fooling St. Lucians. The man has a PhD but a twisted mentality only wrapped up in destroying St. Lucia once he is not in power. Selfish!

    “I will write and tell investors not to come to St. Lucia”. Trying to kill his country for his own selfish ambitions.
    “There will be no peace in st. Lucia if DSH comes on board”. Trying to kill the economic survival of his country for his and his party’s own selfish ambitions.

    Are those the words of a sincere man? Such you would never hear coming out of the mouth of Sir John Compton. They say Compie was not born here but he worked for St. Lucia and had St. Lucia’s interest at heart TEN times more then George Charles, Alan Louisy, Winston Cenac, Stephenson King, Kenny and Chastanet combined.

  6. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 3:56 am Reply

    Kenny oh lord father

  7. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    October 13, 2017 at 5:21 am Reply

    I was told that most politicians have a special place in he!! waiting for them…the fire is extra hot.

  8. Mike Hunt
    October 13, 2017 at 7:30 am Reply

    Gentlemen, unfortunately you red shirts no longer call the shots. You had your chance and blew it.
    Alvina Reynolds, where is she in all of this? Did not the hospital come under her jurisdiction.
    Any commentary from Shanta King?
    The project documents are GOSL property.

  9. Margaret
    October 13, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply

    Listen!!!!! 128 Million dollars has been spent on an unfinished hospital!!!!! St.Lucians are being incredibly selective in their outrage. As angry as you are about an audit that uncovered this and Guy Joseph leading the witch hunt….WHY THE HELL ARE YOU NOT OUTRAGED AT SEEING AN UNFINISHED FACILITY THAT CO ST SO MUCH…….WHY THE HELL ARE YOU NOT OUTRAGED AT THOSE THAT WERE IN CHARGE WHEN THIS HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!Dumb people blaming Guy, they calling Dr.St.Rose a Flambeau. …they questioning St.Ville’s credentials. …They calling the head of the nurses association names. Woy unbelievable. Christopher why don’t you take your God Kenny to task on on this rather than spouting high faluting BSC! !!!

  10. Lovely
    October 13, 2017 at 7:51 am Reply

    You all lajundice people will never see nor learn, the yellow take over all your veins, you all can call all your shorts, is only the bounty shorts, the 666 is.bursting you all backside. Idiots no Shane people. Touch that hospital and you all will see. No brains. Dr. Anthony you all afraid of. Met bouda zout.

    1. Anonymous
      October 13, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

      Lovely take the wax off your eye and go around vieux fort and after 20 years of Kenny as the district rep 15 as priminister what did he do to elevate the standard of life and infrustructure in vf. I agree that guy must be take off the st jude case but Kenny is in no position to asked for that. He Kenny should not even be talking about that subject period. After you have looked around vf come back to this forum and enlighten us maybe you something that we cannot see.

  11. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

    Instead of attempting to defuse the emotionalism surrounding this issue and advance real practical solutions, these politicians are just exacerbating the hospital fiasco for political expediency while the people suffer. The genuine needs of the people have become completely lost as political points must be scored. This is the pinnacle of stupidity. Unless St. Lucians put their petty political differences aside, and work together for the collective good of the country, the country would never be able to realize its glorious potential. Because I oppose your politics, should not make me your enemy for life. We have to find that will to work together.
    Vibz

  12. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 8:29 am Reply

    Well we well silly Lucians are at it again. What can i say! Kenny gave you’ll a special drink.

  13. Helen is crying
    October 13, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply

    Guy Joseph is a manipulative individual.

    They no longer lease out work for families through their own ministries but through ministries of their friends making millionaire out of people who have no sense of the job they are presented with. They hire others to work for pennies while they keep all the big bucks for them selves. Houses going up over night. Everybody learning how to drive. People always on vacation.

    Politics is killing our Fair Helen. Bread for a few crumbs for even less.

  14. Box head
    October 13, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply

    Just touch st judes thats all i have to say amd you’ll politrician will see.take note of
    1-barbados
    2-jamaica
    3-trinidad
    4-guyana
    They do not play with politicians.

  15. MkB
    October 13, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply

    Who the hell cares what Kenny and Mondesir want, we the people of Saint Lucia elected a Government. Why don’t these two just go back in the dark hole where they were. Now Kenny knows nothing either he is the epitome of incompetence or he knew all what was going on. If the project was started without plan and he continued it he is equally guilty, and Mondesir really should just shut the hell up, on body wants to hear.

    Why do Saint Lucians continue to listen to those men only care about themselves and being in power.

    Call for the removal of who, I call for the removal of these to blood sucking fleas (Kenny and Mondesir ) from the Saint Lucia, bunch of parasites.

  16. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply

    Whatever my feelings about Kenny and Mondesir. They have a point Guy portfolio has nothing to do with this. He just smell another contract for freshstart

  17. M
    October 13, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply

    But Kenny while I am in agreement with the statement made about moving Guy Joseph because this does not fall under his Ministry..Wasn’t it your government who did such a bad job at this hospital? what happen to the contractors, engineers, minister of health they all had a say in the construction of this hospital.. how comes all that money was spent and there as still flaws… Politictricians!!!!!!! you all are the same…

  18. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply

    Kenny is behaving like a fool…..kenny need to resign from parliament
    The people put Allen there for a reason and that is to better the country and to live up to his promises within his 5 years in power
    One of his promise was to reconstruct the St.Jude hospital and to relocate the patients
    Let’s just wait to see what will be the outcome of Allan 5 years in power

  19. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 10:00 am Reply

    Untold stories will deliver the message
    To know who to blame.

  20. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

    I agree with Dr Kenny D Anthony

  21. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 10:07 am Reply

    If you’ll really want guy Joseph to be removed from the hospital project. Then also remove Untold Stories from recording the truth.
    Wasted Idiots.

  22. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 10:11 am Reply

    Am not hearing Pierre as opposition leader what happened he don’t lead anymore ? .Kenny taking over.? I only asking questions
    Inquiry minds wants to know.

  23. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply

    The jab-a-sack boys fire ring on V8 cylinders
    Cause they want to get back in power. Trying to cover up as much as they can.
    One jack A.. Apposed Guy Joseph another Jack a$$ Monde sir second the motion.
    OMG.

  24. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply

    Well said Curious!

  25. R
    October 13, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply

    Two “has-beens” coming together. Are we surpirsed? Hell no!

  26. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 11:38 am Reply

    Put country over party can you honestly support someone completely demolishing an 118 million structure to start from scratch ?

  27. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

    Guy joseph have to be u all worse nightmare. and u all can never move h there.now SLP want to keep guy Joseph name so he’s going to uncover the sick game u all have been playing but it will all come to light….

  28. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 11:56 am Reply

    Don’t worry .The poddle must get u all .

  29. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

    St. Lucia Times I have posted several comments but they have failed to show up. I know that I’ve tried to be responsible and insightful. Nothing that I have written is either libelous nor incendiary. I have also read on this forum comments that are unsavory, vulgar and solely intended to smear people’s character. Some the comments are threatening and inexcusable. My comments are mostly to enlighten and to pinpoint wrongdoings. It’s absurd that you would exclude ‘food for thought’ but allow a plethora of unadulterated garbage on your comment section. Is it that you prefer to become a conduit to the decadence that now pervades every aspect of our society?
    Vibz

  30. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

    It looks like mondesir is very hungry to be be seen on a political platform

  31. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 2:28 pm Reply

    Y. Guy Joseph putting all of your’ll on blast. All the nastiness your’ll did when in power too much coming out..

  32. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Why is Kenny willing to B with rejects like Mondesir and Fedrick? Mem bet Mem Pwel. St. Lucians who are wise enough and can read between the lines open your eyes. When Mondesir was with the UWP all was well. If he had contested the last election under a UWP ticket and won, I guarantee that he would B supporting Guy? Anyway one need not be surprised Kenny and Mondesir teaming up. They both have an ax to grind.

  33. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm Reply

    There is a video showing the tour of ST. Judes. Take a look and see for yourself. Stop playing political football. It is folly to spend more money to finish St. Judes. St. Judes is not a place for animals, but for humans. In its present state it is inadequate for human convalescence. Ask Kenny and Pierre whether they would like convalesce there if they are sick or a member of their family? Tanto Tanto.

  34. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm Reply

    They don’t want to blame Kenny for the poor condition of St. Judes. The hypocrites are TRying their best to absolve Kenny from St. Judes. Have they conveniently forgotten that For FIVE YEARS St. Judes was under construction under the so called watchful eye of Kenny and PIerre and Musa etc.? Kenny as former PM must be held accountable because most of the time that the hospital was being constructed was under his regime. They cannot stomach that so they need a scapegoat blaming Guy or Chastanet for cheap political mileage.

  35. Anonymous
    October 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Mondesir apparently kenny has forgiven u for the tuxedo villa so u now paying him with lip service for yr next dinner.

  36. Anonymous
    October 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply

    The same way Kenny forgot his differences with To Jour Soo, he will also grab Mondesir to further his ambitions. Kenny is a monster in sheep’s clothing. Hope that those who still try to cover up for him will come to their senses. Kenny is the progeny of a former plantation slave master.

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