PRESS RELEASE – Political Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has told HTS Reporters that Allen Chastanet is nothing but a “disaster”.
The Prime Minister was responding to calls by Mr. Chastanet for his resignation in an interview with HTS News force on Tuesday, August 7, 2014. Dr. Anthony believes that Chastanet’s greatest preoccupation should be finding a seat to run.
Dr. Anthony told the reporters, “If you want to talk about asking another politician to resign you must win a seat. Allen Chastanet was roundly beaten in Soufriere by Harold Dalsan and what is he doing today? He is running here and there trying to persuade and cajole incumbent UWP Parliamentarians to give up their seats, so that he can have a safe seat. Only cowards do that.”
The SLP leader then referred to what he described as Allen Chastanet’s record of failure and disaster. Dr. Anthony said, “Everything he has touched has been a disaster. A good thing to do is to reflect for a moment on his record. Allen Chastanet was Minister for Tourism in this country for five years and I cannot recall any hotel expansion taking place or any investment coming into this country. What I remember about Allen Chastanet, is…[The] fiasco with Boxing in Paradise. There was the Hepple matter. [Then] the mass firing of tourism hostesses in Soufriere. I remember too, the embarrassment he caused over Suriname Airways. He embarrassed Prime Minister King, embarrassed Prime Minister Gonsalves and the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority.”
According to the SLP Political Leader, the Government of Saint Lucia has had to pay a heavy price for the decisions proposed, promoted and defended by Allen Chastanet when he was Minister for Tourism.
He told the reporters, “I am not even going to refer to the recent events except to mention too, the Daher Mall. He came out, he championed it and that turned out to be a monumental disaster. Allen Chastanet was at the center of the investment in Black Bay. The Government of Saint Lucia now has to repurchase these lands that were foolishly used to secure shares as well as lands purchased from the developers in the Canelles area – over sixty million dollars. So his history has been one of pure disaster and nothing else.”