Francis blasts Christopher Hunte, PWA President over promotions ‘allegations’

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has vowed to take television talk show host, Christopher Hunte to court, telling a news conference Friday that he was informed that Hunte made ‘certain allegations’ regarding the minister’s wife, who is a police sergeant.

‘I was informed that Christopher Hunte on his show – Politically Incorrect, made certain allegations and statements indicating there was a cabinet conclusion where names of individuals, including the name of my wife was sent to the Commissioner of Police for promotions to be made,’ Francis told reporters at an emergency news conference.

The minister later played a clipping of Hunte for reporters to hear.

The clipping starts with Hunte saying: ‘ Government sent out a memo to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force to get specific people within the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force promoted and I am asking, has a minister’s wife who is in the police force – has the cabinet of ministers asked that this person be promoted?’

The names of three police officers are specifically mentioned and Hunte calls on the President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, to state whether the information is true.

‘I want to make it known and I want to state it categorically that there was never any cabinet conclusion to that effect,’ the  minister, who is a former Deputy Police Commissioner declared.

According to Francis, cabinet does not engage in promotion policy.

‘The promotion policy is very clear – to the rank from Constable to Inspector, the Commissioner of Police has the power under the constitution to make those promotions. Any promotions above the rank of Inspector to Commissioner, it goes to the Public Service Commission (PSC) on recommendations made by the Commissioner of Police,’ he observed.

He explained that the recommendations sometimes go before the minister for his ‘knowledge’.

‘I cannot interfere with those promotions. I make comments and the comments are sent to the Public Service Commission and they act in their own deliberation. The Public Service Commission makes its own rules and regulations as to how matters are dealt with when it comes to promotions. So for Christopher Hunte to make that statement and for then the Police Welfare Association President to actually send out a message this morning to members of his executive for an emergency meeting  to be held as it relates to the  cabinet conclusion – something that is non-existent and for the President of the Police Welfare Association to take that stand, then things are very serious,’ Francis remarked.

He vowed that he would not take the  Christopher Hunte matter lying down.

Francis disclosed that he was going to take legal action against Christopher Hunte and anyone else who repeats the ‘allegations’ that were made.

‘I will be seeing my legal representatives and we will be going to court. I don’t want any apology or anything like that,’ the minister stated.

‘I am particularly disappointed in the President of the Police Welfare Association,  Travis Chicot, who knows for a fact that we have this open door policy that if he hears anything he can come  to me and we can discuss it in totality,’ Francis told reporters.

He said he had sent Chicot a message via WhatsApp, but the PWA President had not responded.


Francis noted that there is a section of the police ordinance that deals with insurrection.

‘You cannot be putting your police officers under that stress,’ he declared.

The Public Relations Officer of the PWA, Zachary Hippolyte confirmed that there was a meeting of the organisation Friday to ‘bring clarity’ to certain pronouncements made by persons over the media  relating to ‘some alleged cabinet conclusion’ where police officers would be promoted.

(Meeting of PWA Executive)

Hippolyte said the PWA has seen do such document.

‘If one exists, we have no such information as to who has it and if any  such document was ever tabled in any meeting involving  any minister whatsoever,’ he told St Lucia Times.

Hippolyte described the PWA meeting as being ‘very fruitful’.

‘We have clarified this issue and we are ready to move on with the business of welfare,’ he explained.

He defended the decision to hold the meeting of the PWA executive.

According to the PWA official, the head of any organisation, especially the PWA, upon receiving any information, whether credible or not, has the authority to call the association executive to discuss the matter.

He said the PWA has a ‘great relationship’ with the Minister of National Security, the Police Commissioner and other law enforcement officials.

The PWA was scheduled to have a meeting with the Minister of National Security.


  1. Anonymous
    March 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Christopher is mental

    1. The Crow
      March 9, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Mental but way smarter than you. In fact, you are the only one I know who will enter a contest to count from 1 – 2 and lose.

  2. Trump
    March 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Allan 2020 cant wait

  3. Awah
    March 9, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    He is mental indeed. ‘The Crow’ shut the hell up bird brain.

  4. Ni
    March 10, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Where there ia smoke there is fire …..juzt wait and c in a few weeks

  5. Freedom of Information Act
    March 10, 2018 at 4:10 am

    All this stuff, and any other political argument can be put to bed with the ‘Freedom of Information Act’. None of the governments wants to pass it.

    Hunte is mad but not stupid.

    1. Vibz
      March 10, 2018 at 11:05 am

      @Freedom of Information. I fully concur with your statement. Any government that fails to enact laws such as Freedom of Information and Integrity in Public Life legislation should not be trusted. Lack of such legislations give rise to much speculation and confusion in society. Nepotism is a serious problem in the Caribbean that should not be readily dismissed. The government should be completely transparent, once it does not negatively affect National Security, and this would mitigate the need for wild speculations.

    March 10, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Francis don’t waste your time or money. Your “legal rep” will advise you haven’t got a case.

    1. Our Tax Money
      March 12, 2018 at 11:09 am

      His money? I am pretty sure if he does file a lawsuit it would be in his capacity as Minister of National Security. So that means government will foot the bill.

  7. Lucia Man
    March 10, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Francis I never know the Government of St.Lucia was made up of one minister….. Francis go pack yourself in a corner…..

  8. PBL
    March 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    The PWA had its information right. The new unit was to be under the control of the DPP. I have no issues with promotion of officers in the RSLPF it it must be in accordance with the constitution, which has made the COP the sole body who can promote in the RSLPF. Not cabinet or anyone else.

    Cabinet tried to slip it pass but luckily the PWA was not asleep. I must state that this government by its actions has not learnt from past elections. The police has never lost an election. They have always succeeded in Kicking out governments. Want to know who is winning an election in Saint Lucia? Just follow the police vote. It’s that easy. So Mr. PM be careful with the advice received from non elected members of cabinet. Ask Kenny and he will blame one man for his defeat at the polls – a non elected member of parliament.

    We Saint Lucians are waiting to see the Government’s next move.

    The Home Affairs Minister, by is actions is making certain that no police officer will ever be selected in this country as National Security Minister – no matter how qualified they are for the post.

    Great job PWA!

    Be loyal to no political party.

    Always represent the best interest of your members.

  9. Fox
    March 10, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    When one a$$ apposed another a$$ second the same. you think it’s easy

  10. Winston
    March 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

    What we need is a revolution to drive Chastanet and his monkeys from the landscape of st lucia

  11. AA
    March 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Christopher Hunte needs to be stopped. I too am looking into legal proceedings about things that were said on his show regarding governmental contractual works. All what that was said on Tuesday 6th is false. This is not political but about people’s reputation. A man cannot be allowed to be spreading such mis information about people, tarnishing people reputation. There are professionals who are behind whatever is done and if he needs the truth he can simply ask the persons involve. I mean if you have your political side or preference, that’s ok but you cannot keep mis informing people and saying lies about people. Not even his own father wants him near his business. I swear to God if I had met him last Tuesday I would have slapped him. LIES non stop.

  12. Kent gasp
    March 11, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    In a perfect world I’d believe that ministers have not interfere with promotions within RSLPF what Hunte asked may not be true 100% but something had to have happened to allow these question