The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) stands solidly behind its Director, Bishnu Tulsie, despite calls by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet for him to be sent home, the Chairperson of the organisation, Doctor Vasantha Chase has said.
Chase recalled that Chastanet had publicly called Tulsie a liar.
“Up to now – I will be very honest and frank with you, no one in council or the staff or the members have any idea as to why he has been called publicly a liar,” the SLNT Chairperson said.
(Doctor Vasantha Chase)
However Chase asserted that the SLNT supports the work that Tulsie does and is ‘100 percent’ behind him.
“I am not only talking about the council and the staff but all the members said that they stand 100 percent behind Mr. Tulsie,” she declared.
Chase explained that there was ‘something’ that happened when Price Harry visited Saint Lucia in November last year.
“But even for that, we have no evidence for us to do anything at all,” she said, without going into detail.
“It’s not the first time, when I met him in March, that he has asked for this person to be sent home – even when when he met with us in January, he and a few other persons who were around the table felt that this person should be sent home because as the Prime Minister told me in March, the gentleman has lost his objectivity,” Chase explained.
The Allen Chastanet administration has cut the annual $700,000 subvention to the SLNT, a move which the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has said was in retaliation for the organisation’s opposition to the proposed Dolphin Park at Pigeon Island and the controversial $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings (DSH) project.
Doctor Vasantha Chase said when the SLNT heard about the funding cut the organisation was alarmed.
But she expressed confidence that the trust will be able to bridge the gap in financing.