Castries Mayor Mum On Belrose Reassignment

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has said that he has no reaction to a recent cabinet shuffle that saw Senator Fortuna Belrose being stripped of responsibility for the Castries Constituency Council (CCC).

Belrose, formerly Minister within the Ministry for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government,  is now Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries with responsibility for Culture and the Creative Industries.

“When she was appointed as Local Government Minister I had no say, if she is no more the Minister for Local Government, I still have no say,” the Castries Mayor said in an interview with RCI’s Keba Taliam.

Last month it was reported that although being reappointed Mayor in a letter from Belrose, the Castries Mayor, who has generally won rave reviews for his work, was yet to respond

There has been speculation that he and Belrose have not been seeing eye to eye on some matters.

The speculation grew in August after the minister ordered an operational review of the CCC , which Francis said gave the impression that he was under investigation.

But the minister this week denied that an alleged rift with the Castries Mayor was the cause of her being removed as minister responsible for local government.

Belrose, asserting that she welcomed the cabinet shuffle, told reporters Tuesday that it reinforced the government’s point with respect to strengthening culture and the creative industries to realise greater benefits .



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