Guy Joseph responds to Hewanorra Airport redevelopment corruption allegations

The Minister of Economic Development, Guy Joseph has been responding to reports that he has been implicated in an investigation into alleged corruption associated with the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project.

Joseph told journalists attending the weekly pre-cabinet press briefing on Monday that he is not worried and he welcomes reports of an investigation.

The investigation was launched by the previous Labour Party government of then Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony. According to published reports, the Attorney General in St Lucia sought US government assistance as part of an investigation into suspected bribery surrounding the $157 million airport redevelopment project.

The reports allege that during key points in the project bidding process, there was heightened telephone activity between Guy Joseph, then Minister of Communications and Works, Sean Matthew, then SLASPA General Manager and Antonio Assenza, the Head of construction firm – Asphalt and Mining Limited.

The contract to redevelop the project was eventually awarded to Asphalt and Mining. It was ultimately scrapped due to a lack of financing.

“As part of its winning bid, A&M agreed to provide US$23,550,000 interest-free counterpart financing for the project. Saint Lucia planned to obtain the rest of the financing for the project from Deutsche Bank. In July 2012, Deutsche Bank notified SLASPA that they could not move forward with their portion of the financing, in part because Assenza failed the bark’s due diligence requirements,” Caribbean News Now reports.

Miinster Jospeh was asked by journalists about the high volume of calls he allegedly made to Antonio Assenza while Asphalt and Mining was bidding for a contract under his Ministry.

“Asphalt and Mining and the airport project was one project. Asphalt and Mining was doing several road projects within the Ministry of Communications and Works of which I was the Minister. So to make phone calls, all my phone calls records are there. I have said it before and you can see all the people that I call. I didn’t know it was illegal to call people,” Joseph stated.

Guy Joseph suggested that he was being judged by a different standard compared to other government ministers and suggested that the phone records of all other government ministers be made public.

“So if it is highly improbable for Ministers to speak to anybody else, then you know what we should request that, the every Minister’s phone records be brought and let’s see how many Ministers have been speaking to how many people because there cannot be one measurement for Guy Joseph and a different measurement for anybody else,” Joseph added.

Joseph suggested that the investigation into the airport redevelopment project was part of a witch-hunt by the Labour Party government to ensure he would not run for elections.

“I have been informed that when they did not get anything on me they launched an investigation under MLAT (Money Laundering and Anti-terrorism Act). That is how far I understood that they went to undermine me and to see to it that I don’t run elections. So as to if there is an investigation or whether there is an investigation that will be revealed in time because the information that must come out will come out but I’m not worried. I’m not worried. If there’s an investigation, I welcome the investigation,” Joseph added.

39 Comments

  1. sharon
    October 31, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

    this poodle barks at everything….smh

    1. Anonymous
      November 1, 2017 at 7:37 am Reply

      It was a news conference. It’s done every week. That is being transparent.

  2. jennyfromtheblock
    October 31, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply

    They say guy is a voleh. I heard this on the road. what a horrible rumor. being call one of the biggest volehs in st.lucia. Just like his allies and counterparts in politics. All of them are volehs. what a horrible rumor.

  3. A Voter
    October 31, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

    Guy Joseph.. I am sure you are aware that the hidden codes are in those many calls you made to one contractor and not the others. And your excuse is so immaturish, that it resembles a toddler learning to speak.

    The Americans aren’t playing. I won’t be surprise if YOUR 🇺🇸 visas get revoked.
    The Americans have all available options dealing with such matters.
    And we know it bothers you. Because you don’t know where they will hit you.

    1. Anonymous
      October 31, 2017 at 10:07 am Reply

      You must be working as a FBI agent. That’s how low sums like you and the labor party will go to tarnish anyone who is a threat to you all.

      1. Anonymous Too
        October 31, 2017 at 7:35 pm

        And you must be working for the CIA. That is how high your response isn’t.

  4. Anonymous
    October 31, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply

    Notice he did not deny anything. It was about time

  5. Anonymous
    October 31, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply

    Guy you think you can mess with God’s people and get away with it.
    Look at the movie “10 Commandments”. Watch how God dealt with Ramses.

  6. Anonymous
    October 31, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply

    It’s just time and overtime to have ministers and those who are concerned to pay for irragularities and our tax monies

  7. forestiere resident
    October 31, 2017 at 10:59 am Reply

    Guy if you fix the damn holes on the holey forestiere dirt road ( because that what it is) then maybe they would not hit you so hard. God forbid if someone has to be rushed to hospital or if the ambulance has to come pick up someone and that person dies it will be on you guy Joseph. Your damn demons are catching up with you.

  8. The Crow
    October 31, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply

    Paul Manafort, yesterday, pleaded “not guilty” to all charges. That is what these thieves do. They deny everything until the very last . . . and then they go to jail!

  9. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    October 31, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

    Upgrade the damn airport already….it’s been so long.

  10. Anonymous
    October 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

    With all their great journalism, St. Lucia Time should really edit their publications for spelling and grammatical errors!

    1. Anonymous Too
      October 31, 2017 at 7:37 pm Reply

      They write exactly what the man said. And that’s the right thing to do.

    2. Anonymous like you
      October 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm Reply

      They write just what the man said. And you want them to correct?smh

  11. Anonymous
    October 31, 2017 at 3:07 pm Reply

    If he is guilty of any wrongdoing hope he gets what he deserves

  12. Mel
    October 31, 2017 at 4:17 pm Reply

    ha Guy…….the US is coming for you! Tanto tanto Voleur
    I hope you take Dale Woman beater Elliot with you

    1. Lynn
      October 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm Reply

      Dream on

      1. The Crow
        October 31, 2017 at 6:36 pm

        And here you are “Manafort should be jailed” yet dream on for our own Manafort! What is wrong with y’all people!?

    2. Anonymous
      November 1, 2017 at 7:39 am Reply

      Dream On

  13. Anonymous
    October 31, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply

    Did guy joseph say that asphalt and mining and the airport project was one project if so how can that possibly be.

  14. Anonymous
    October 31, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply

    I believe that guy two teeth sign a pact with the devil that man really like money

  15. Anonymous
    October 31, 2017 at 7:25 pm Reply

    As if you don’t like money idiot
    And to those idiots complaining cretisizing every thing about Guy Joseph. Clean your house before cleaning Guy Joseph. Idiot

    1. EN bien bon
      October 31, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

      cleaning Guy’s mess is cleaning our mess. He is a Minister and acts in our affairs. If you do not understand that, then who is the idiot.

  16. Jan
    October 31, 2017 at 8:09 pm Reply

    Everything Guy is involved in is riddled with corruption…Voleur!

    1. Anonymous
      November 1, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply

      Haven’t you all labour learn from the 3 million dollars investigation on Guy. Tax payers money and nothing was found, Kenny should be asked to answer questions.

      1. The Crow
        November 1, 2017 at 11:11 am

        You’re an idiot!

  17. lala
    October 31, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply

    SLP quick to call Americans to interfere in our domestic issues when they are in opposition hoping for the visas of the ministers in power to be revoked. Cheap shots alone …….. tanto tanto the longest rope had an end! Let’s hope the beast doesn’t turn around and bite yall in the a$$.

  18. Ben
    October 31, 2017 at 10:54 pm Reply

    MLAT means Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty it is an instrument used for exchange of information between countries.The term has nothing to do with money laundering or anti terrorism. Get your facts straight. SMH.

    1. lala
      November 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

      SLP always need the exchange of information and MLAT’s assistance when they are in opposition. Hmmmmm strange, very strange indeed!

  19. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply

    anonymous to..you are funny

  20. No sides
    November 1, 2017 at 9:14 am Reply

    Here is something we st Lucians need to march for. I for one don’t support any present political party in st lucia. Mainly for one reason they are all there for there own pockets rather than the nation’s. I believe for st lucia to go forward we need to march for the abolishment of direct awarded contracts and use strictly the bidding process. Secondly that all ministers be investigated for any sort of fraud or money laundering after their 5 year term and if found guilty be penalized like any other citizen of the country. These guys get fat while we the ones putting them are suffering. Voting in st lucia is like choosing the slave master u prefer. No difference in power just difference in favoritism. A simple play of pot calling kettle black, but then it really boils down to who’s the better thief and who’s better at covering their tracks. After how many millions of dollars spent still no st judes. That deserves a money laundering investigation too. Over priced direct awarded contracts, that deserves an investigation too. And I am not speaking on one party both because trust me they have all robbed us one way or the other. Let’s see how many will end up behind bars. A ministers biggest development project is his pocket.

    1. The Crow
      November 1, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply

      It is for this very reason Whitefish has gotten into problems with the Puerto Rican government. They were awarded a no-bid contract of over $300 million dollars and they had just two (2) employees. They also have links to the Republican party.

      Now, many will condemn that the US version of nepotism but refuse to do the same for this Guy and others. Hypocrites!!!

  21. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply

    haha… the nerve of these SLP. yet kenny has yet to answer to his charges .

    1. The Crow
      November 1, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

      Which charges my friend? Didn’t know that the BOSS Kenny was charged with anything . . . except in Rick Quain’s dream!

  22. john Joseph
    November 1, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply

    It’s really a shame that St. Lucians cannot ask serious and pertinent questions about the St. Judes project such as:

    1) How can a government spend five years in office and not complete a hospital in an area where an International Airport is located?

    2) Why for three straight years the former Minister of Health promised us that St.
    Judes would be completed and could not deliver, what really happened?

    3) Why was there a guy on the St. Judes project called a contractor or engineer, who really and truly was not qualified as either of the above?

    4) Why at this stage of the St. Judes project, we need much more money for its completion, when the former Prime Minister assured us that the final cost would have been about 80 million dollars – why?

    The people of the St. Lucia, the south and more so V/Fort should be asking themselves whether the former PM had any real interest in their well-being, after promising a state of the art hospital, which is now said not to be in keeping with international standards.

    No doubt about it, this very bright former PM is just a theorist who can speak and write volumes but he’s just not a practical individual.

    Ask him what has he managed before he became PM.

  23. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    So no questions for the current PM and/or government?

  24. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm Reply

    I suspect, going forward, that guy will be nervous about transiting through US territory out of fear that he could be nabbed by U.S. authorities.

  25. john.doe
    November 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm Reply

    Ive been around for more than three decades and never have i seen a more corrupt politician

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