Prime Minister blames Dr Kenny Anthony for IMPACS debacle

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has told a gathering of police officers that his predecessor Dr Kenny Anthony is responsible for the current IMPACS debacle.

Mr Chastanet was addressing the annual general meeting of the Police Welfare Association on Wednesday.

When asked for an update on the IMPACS investigation, Mr. Chastanet said Dr Anthony decided to politicize the issue by running the investigation out of the Office of the Prime Minister.

“If there was an investigation to be done, the investigation had to be done through the DPP’s office. And if, in fact, the DPP by their wisdom determines that the normal investigating arm of the local police could not do the job, then it was for the DPP to solicit assistance from somewhere else,” Chastanet said.

“So what happened is, instead of the DPP doing that, the Prime Minister’s office did that. And the Prime Minister’s office hired IMPACS to be able to do the investigation. The report, once it was completed, was given to the Prime Minister and the Prime minister then choose to go on public TV and make pronouncements about what that report was. And some people, some people, would suggest biasing the case,” he added.

Prime Minister Chastanet’s comments came in response to concerns from police officers that their colleagues, identified in the IMPACS report, were being hauled for questioning like suspected criminals.

The Prime Minister said he does not involve his office in the investigation, neither does he ask the DPP for updates on the case.

Mr Chastanet said DPP Daarsrean Greene has been reviewing the IMPACS report and following up on the allegations contained to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for criminal prosecution.

“What the US and the Europeans have indicated is what they want to see, they want to see prosecution. They want to know that the evidence that has been provided has been tested in a court of law. But does it mean there’s going to be a prosecution?” he said.

The Prime Minister said he wasn’t implying there would be no convictions.

According to Mr Chastanet, until it is proven that the testimony and evidence laid out in the IMPACS report can meet St Lucian legal standards, the claims made in the report remains simply “hear-say” and allegations.

He said his office has been providing the DPP with all the necessary support and resources that will bring a speedy resolution to the IMPACS matter.

19 Comments

  1. pantherzone
    February 9, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Oh, please!!!

  2. pantherzone
    February 9, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I didn’t not read that. The Police Force knows better!!! I have come to realize that if is one thing some people know the escape route very well!!! But I am at the end waiting. St. Lucian Politicians don’t think God in not there and trust me he ain’t sleeping!!!

  3. HARRY
    February 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

    When you’ll were opposition every day Mary Francis was on tv human rights about that impacts. Now you’ll in power she lost her voice. Who you think you fooling PM with the blame Kenney for impacts.

  4. ......
    February 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Mr .PM u said there would b no more IMPAC…well we waiting …i dont know were i stand PM ….smh

  5. Bob
    February 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Who you gonna blame

  6. Varna
    February 9, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Chastenet have a serious hard-on for Kenny! Awa wii… Blame him for your preschool education too!

    1. Ethram Valdemar
      February 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Kenny is more appealing than you. Maybe you should fix that face of yours.

  7. Samantha Mc vane
    February 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Kenny never gave any police officers the right to kill any body you all did remember they shot one in king office how did they know he was their now u want to blame kenny for impact report are u crazy or u pm taking crack.

  8. Vibz
    February 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Casting blame on your predecessor does nothing to resolve the present fiasco. The government should supply the DPP office with the requisite resources to do a thorough investigation and let the chips fall where they may. Throwing blame only creates more severe political animus. Mr. PM, this is a little advice. Don’t be driving and stare constantly in the rearview mirror.

  9. Bambi
    February 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    We were promised that the Impacs would be resolved in the first 100 days. I am still waiting Mr. Prime minister.

  10. Peter Wickham
    February 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Sadly there are too many Saint Lucians who will accept this kind of lying and buck passing for leadership. You and your National Security Minister promised us that if we voted you and your party in you will make it go away. Stop whining and get to stepping. Put up or shut up.

    1. BlackShade
      February 9, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      The PM is right. Many police officers are blaming the past administration, especially Dr. Anthony. Remember he was the one that came on public television and said there was indeed a death or black list and he has it. When it was really just a list of persons of interest, most of them known criminals or ex-convicts. The police has always had such list from time immemorial. To not have such a list will be incompetence and poor policing of the highest degree. Further to that the ex PM when in opposition was one of the individuals feeding the the US and European with untruths and bogus stories.

  11. tony
    February 10, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Blackshade u r one of the executionists???? Well kenny eh losing sleep over that.

  12. Keyser Soze
    February 10, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    FACTS:

    1. The Kenny Anthony led government contracted IMPACS to look into the police shootings.

    2. The DPP was kept out of the loop to an extensive degree, though she should have been the one to spearhead the investigation (including decisions as to the direction and scope of the investigations).

    3. The IMPACS report was handed to the Dr. Anthony administration. He decided to have his national address highlighting portions of the report, without giving it to the DPP. The DPP only received select portions of the information / evidence supposedly collected by the IMPACS investigators.

    4. The police always have lists of persons of interest. How certain was Dr. Anthony in him suggesting publicly that he had seen a “hit list”?

    These are but some of the things I think are worth pondering upon. And yes, I am law enforcement.

    1. EN bien bon
      February 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Yea Yea Keyser Soze. All that MIGHT be true. But Chastanet is now PM and the buck stops with him. He promised to do certain things about the report and he must deliver. He cannot now use Kenny Anthony as a shield.

  13. Keyser Soze
    February 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    FACTS:

    1. The Kenny Anthony led government contracted IMPACS to look into the police shootings.

    2. The DPP was kept out of the loop to an extensive degree, though she should have been the one to spearhead the investigation (including decisions as to the direction and scope of the investigations).

    3. The IMPACS report was handed to the Dr. Anthony administration. He decided to have his national address highlighting portions of the report, without giving it to the DPP. The DPP only received select portions of the information / evidence supposedly collected by the IMPACS investigators.

    4. The police always have lists of persons of interest. How certain was Dr. Anthony in him suggesting publicly that he had seen a “hit list”?

    These are but some of the things I think are worth pondering upon. And yes, I am law enforcement.

    1. EN bien bon
      February 10, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Yea Yea Keyser Soze. All that MIGHT be true. But Chastanet is now PM and the buck stops with him. He promised to do certain things about the report and he must deliver. He cannot now use Kenny Anthony as a shield.

  14. The Watcher
    February 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I am.not too young not to recall that the practice of wiping out “criminal types” by our police force is as old as as the late sixties. Ask Hermandgild Francis, Inspector “Gunslinger” Cyril, deceased Inspector Collins, Inspector Harding etc, etc. Read Dr. Ramally’s book on his autopsy of “YAMAHA”… bring to mind “Charles Cochon”

    The RSLPF have always had an antagonistic posture towards the citizens of SLU, because of old their training was based on the concept that “The Public is The Enemy.” Even after we instituted local training that concept never changed, and has been a tool used by the political directorate to their advantage.. recall the tear gas years of Odlum and Josie, the slaughter of Randy and Julius supposedly on instructions from the “Father of the Nation.”

    THANK GOD for MARY FRANCIS and her remarkable work in this matter.

    It is a dis-service to the RSLPF and an insult to my pre-school education for this administration to continue the politicization of such a heinous and dastardly act (the slaughter of 12 citizens of SLU without due process), by attempting to place responsibility on the former administration, because it is this very admin who had so convinced the population of their immovable stance with regard to that matter, that the SLP was voted out and the UWP was empowered to FIX IT.

    How is it that you Mr. Chastanet … are throwing up smoke in the air and admitting your total inability to address the matter and repair that aspect of our foreign relations with the USA while selling out our potential military assets (the entire US built airforce base in Vieux Fort and its missile tracking station at Moule-a-Chique for 99 years) to China thru an Asian frontman??

    Meanwhile we would like to know…HAVE YOU BEEN HOARDING MONIES IN OVERSEAS ACCOUNTS for when you are voted out??

    WE DONE TALKING TO YOU… ENOUGH!!!

    JUST GET OUT!! GET OUT!!

  15. Asiba
    February 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    POLITICIANS in the Caribbean need to forget adversarial POLITICS and work together in these little islands.
    One Political Party is enough .

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