The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) in government will launch a probe into corruption under the current administration, party leader Philip J. Pierre has announced.
“We will put an end to this scourge,” he said.
According to the SLP leader, a contract worth $10 million is awarded to a friend of a government minister for $13 million.
He did not elaborate.
“Tonight, with you as my witness I am putting on notice all these politicians and their collaborators who have stolen monies of the people, when we get into government we will immediately commission a forensic review of all questionable transactions that the UWP government undertook,” Pierre promised.
He said that the SLP will do everything within the law to recover the monies.
“Let me be clear – no minister will be above the law,” the Castries East MP explained, adding that he will not stand for corruption.
Pierre was addressing the open session Sunday afternoon of the conference of delegates of his party at the Jon Odlum Secondary School.
“As Prime Minister of this country I will have a zero tolerance towards corruption,” the SLP leader stated, adding that he will lead by example.
“My promise to you and to the people of Saint Lucia – I will not tolerate corruption at any level,” he declared to applause from the audience.
He described corruption as a plague on Saint Lucia’s political system, being observed almost daily by citizens.
“They are fed up of Pajoah letters and millions of dollars of contracts awarded by direct awards with no formal tender to allow for competition,” Pierre told the audience.
He declared that the United Workers Party (UWP) government uses contracts to reward family and friends.