Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pierre Threatens Court Action Over Appointments To Teaching Service & Public Service Commissions

The leader of the opposition, Philip J. Pierre, has written to Governor General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, urging that recent appointments to the Teaching Service and Public Service Commissions be revoked.

Vieux Fort North MP, Moses ‘Musa’ Jn Baptiste told a news conference of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Tuesday, that Pierre has warned that he will take the matter before the High Court.

Jn Baptiste’s opening statement to the news conference is reproduced below:

Opposition leader, Hon. Philip J. Pierre, has written to the Governor General, Sir Neville Emmanuel Cenac, advising him to revoke the recent appointments of the members of the Public Service Commission and the Teaching Service Commission. 

According to the Leader of the Opposition, the consultation undertaken by Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet was a sham and a mockery of the requirements of the Constitution.

The Leader of the Opposition pointed out to the Governor General that “section 85(1) of the Constitution of Saint Lucia, SI 1978 No 1901, makes it mandatory for the Prime Minister to consult the Leader of the Opposition before tendering any advice to the Governor General for the purposes of appointing members to the Public Service Commission. Likewise, section 92(1) of the Constitution also makes it mandatory for the Prime Minister to consult the Leader of the Opposition prior to tendering advice to the Governor General to appoint members to the Teaching Service Commission”.

In his letter to the Governor General, the Leader of the Opposition shared the facts surrounding the recent appointments of several individuals to the two Commissions. He wrote as follows:

“1. By letter dated April 30th, 2019, the Prime Minister wrote me to “inform” me of his intention to recommend three persons to the Public Service Commission and three other persons to the Teaching Service Commission.

  1. I received a second letter from the Prime Minister dated April 30th, 2019. In this letter, the Prime Minister said that he writes to “inform” me that he intends to recommend the appointment of Mr. Cyrus Reynold as “Chairman of the Public Service Commission and as a member and Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission respectively, effective May 1st, 2019 until November 9th, 2020.”
  2. May 01, 2019, was a Public Holiday. I replied by letter dated May 03, 2019, as follows:

“I note your intention to advise the Governor General to appoint Mr. Cyrus Reynold as Chairman of the Public Service Commission and as a member and chairman of the Teaching Service Commission effective May 1st, 2019. 

Please note that your letter was received on 2nd May 2019.

  1. To my astonishment, Issue 24 of the Saint Lucia Government Gazette dated, Monday, June 17, 2019, published the names of the proposed members of the two Commissions and announced that the appointments were effective, May 1st, 2019.”

The Leader of the Opposition disclosed that he received the Prime Minister’s letters on May 2nd, 2019 yet the appointments were made effective May 1st, 2019. 

The Leader of the Opposition urged the Governor General to revoke the appointments of the members of the Public Service Commission and the Teaching Service Commission at the soonest and ensure the re-appointment of new members in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution. He advised that any appointment, transfer or act of discipline, decision or other action taken by the Commissions would be unlawful and unconstitutional.

The Leader of the Opposition warned that if the appointments are not revoked within twenty-one days, then he would have no other choice but to approach the High Court for Declarations that the appointments to the Public Service Commission and the Teaching Service which were gazetted on June 17, 2019, are unlawful, void, unconstitutional and of no effect.

13 COMMENTS

  1. POP !!! It’s going, it’s going, I t’s going, it’s gone right out of the stadium another home run by Prime Minister Pierre as he jogs from base to base he has ONCE AGAIN left if rivals with their jaws hanging down.. Prime minister Pierre you have to excuse him he knows not what he does he is an EXTRUDED PRODUCT. You on the other hand is MORE A Statesman and a career politician, you know the democratic process and ideologies this country was founded on and which binds us daily as The Democratic State Of Saint Lucia than this clown and his KLEEKS.

  2. My God I would that you would raise some Godly men to govern our beautiful country and get rid of all these politrikians. All yellow but especially red.

  3. Pierre again is the cause of the garbages been written cause he does look for garbage all over the place and bring it to people to write ..who the hell is Pierre as an opposition for the government to tell him or bring to him what he wants to hear see or know imidiatly ..where were him when his PM was signing the deals for him to ask for the purpose of the reasons did he offered to take the PM to tasks or Court ? He’s trying all kinds of scams to obtain votes when he wins the election he will stop stamering.

    • Macak you uneducated fool
      It’s written constitutional law so he has to write to inform the opposition
      Some comments I tell you is baseless

  4. Take them to court Pierre and whiles u at it, there is another secret deal we need to know about, Grynberg, so take Kenny and Huntley to court also and Juffali. Then go for Hilaire. I applauds u for wanting to take injustices to court. U will win my vote for eternal PM once u do all these 3.

  5. Why write to the governor general. Isn’t he that same person they constantly walk out of the house whenever he is present. Cannot respect his position but you want him to act accordingly in that very same position. A bit crazy and disingenuous to me.

  6. The longest rope has an end and I will be there to see Allen Chastanet and his band of thieves put out of office. Soon come.

  7. The longest rope has an end and I will be there to see Allen Chastanet and his band of thieves put out of office. Soon come. tanto tanto

  8. Musa knows how the TSC and PSC works too well. He was a “known” candidate and school principal….Sen. Ferdinard benefits for the favour of the TSC….I could go on..But Dalson might want to say something.

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