Special Prosecutor To Probe Allegations Of Corruption Under Former Saint Lucia Government

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The new Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government intends to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate corruption under the former United Workers Party (UWP) administration.

“My government, in recognition of the widespread unprecedented reports of alleged corruption during the term of the last administration, will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of corruption in government,” Deputy Governor General, Errol Charles, stated in an address to first sitting of the 12th parliament of Saint Lucia on Tuesday.

“This appointment is expected to be completed soon,” Charles disclosed.

He also said the government will strengthen the Integrity Commission to return Saint Lucia to a system that respects democratic norms and the rights of the people and take more meaningful action against officials and politicians who engage in acts of corruption.

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During its term in office, the Allen Chastanet-led United Workers Party (UWP) administration had numerous allegations of corruption levelled against it.

Former UWP leader, Stephenson King, who participated in the July 26 general elections as an Independent, had on the campaign trail castigated the party he once led over its performance in  government, singling out health care in general and the incomplete St Jude Hospital in particular.

Speaking at a political meeting in his Castries North Constituency just days before the elections, King indicated that people must be incarcerated over the St Jude Hospital project.

“They must go to jail for that project,” the Castries North MP declared.

“They must be jailed for that project, because to date they cannot finish it and they cannot tell you how much they have been spending on that project with Fresh Start being the main contractor,” he said at the time.

Former Economic Development Minister, Guy Joseph, who was one of the UWP casualties at the last elections and had been hounded by allegations of corruption during his term in office, said after his ouster as Castries South MP that he is innocent and challenged the new labour administration to get the best experts in the world to prove otherwise.

“All of the things levelled at me, I am looking forward with great anticipation for the inquiries that will be made because I think eventually my name will be vindicated,” he declared in an interview with St Lucia Times following his election defeat.

The former minister said the labour party must prove all of the allegations it has made against him including allegations of corruption.

“I think they have a responsibility towards the electorate to justify what they have said about people like me,” Joseph declared.

 

 

 

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