Chastanet: probe of ex Nigerian minister gives food for thought

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Chastanet: probe of ex Nigerian minister gives food for thought
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Diezani Alison-Madueke was Nigeria’s oil minister from 2010 until May 2015 Photo: AF

Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet has said the matter involving a former Nigerian minister who is being investigated for alleged corruption, should provide Saint Lucia with food for thought concerning its Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).

Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former oil minister of Nigeria is currently under investigation in Britain for alleged corruption while in office. It was recently discovered that she had secretly acquired citizenship of Dominica in May this year, and granted a diplomatic passport which expires on May 20, 2020.

Chastanet has written several local organisations, expressing concern about Saint Lucia’s CIP and has recommended that these organisations join the opposition in demanding changes to it.

The UWP leader is hoping that the board is reconstituted and that the Chairman, Ernest Hilaire, is asked to resign. If the CIP is to continue, Chastanet said he would would to see a more transparent system enforced.

Chastanet has also raised concerns about the appointment of Dr. Walid Juffali as St. Lucia’s representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and said the attention this issue has gained could affect the CIP.

“It is critical that this programme, already viewed by many as ill-conceived and not properly fleshed out, be run independently, cleanly and transparently as the avenues for abuse is numerous. It must also be apolitical to survive international scrutiny,” Chastanet had stated in his letter.

Since the issuance of this letter, the government and the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) have both criticised Chastanet for taking such steps. The SLP accused Chastanet of placing his personal ambitions above national interest, while Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony called it an act of desperation.

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  1. Golden Balls the bully in you is your biggest undoing. You cannot force on the government your pro UWP solution to a perceived problem. The SLP have their man heading their initiative why can't you accept that?

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    • Stupid Comment! If he was the SLP man he thinks he is he would not seek to embarrass his party at the highest level that he has. What person do u know of who was given a diplomatic position and whose stint is now being publicly questioned by the government where he served? And the questions are being raised in that country's parliament from what has been reported here so far. Doesn't that tell you that this matter is a grave one with serious repurcussions for St. Lucia? If he was an SLP man he would not have thought only of himself and how he can profit for self . he would have seen how his selfish actions would have repurcussions for the SLP. An SLP man is stretching the truth about the CIP Head very far. He is a man after his own self interests. the sooner the goons in that party realise that salient fact and inescapable truth the better for them. That guy is the red d'auvergne, seeing what he can gain by his association at the helm.

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      • THE HEAD OF THE CIP IS NOW IN RARE TERRITORY, HAVING JOINED THE RANKS OF HIS GOD THE GREAT KENNY D! YOU SEE, THERE ARE ALL TYPES OF POLITICIANS AND WANNABE POLITICIANS AND KENNY FALLS IN A SPECIAL CATEGORY OF SCHEMER AND PATHOLOGICAL DECEIVERIZER. HILLAIRE IS NOW IN THAT RARIFIED AIR OF SCHEMATICS AND DECEIVIRIZATION....THE THING IS THAT FEW PEOPLE KNEW OF KENNY'S SKILLS BEFORE HE ENTERED POLITICS AND BEGUN HIS MISMANAGEMENT PARADE AND SLOW SELL OUT OF ST. LUCIA. WITH HILLAIRE WE AS A NATION HAVE A CHANCE. WE AS A NATION CAN WITHOUT REMORSE RECOGNIZE THAT HILLAIRE IS A DEPLOMATIC PASSPORT SELLER WITH A BAD SORTA COUNTRY BOOKIE ACCENT AND KICK HIS TO BIG SHABIN SELF TO THE CURB. WE ARE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THAT HE WOULD DISPLACE A SATISFACTORY REP (ROBERT LEWIS IS A BAD SUIT WEARING DUDE) THROUGH SHARE FORCE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH PM....THESE OTHER REPS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES! HILLAIRE WILL BE HANDED THE PRIME MINISTERSHIP AND BYPASS THE OTHER MEMBERS FROM SOUFRIERE....MOOSAH AND THE DUDE FROM LABOURIE TO BECOME PM WHILE PJP BEGS TO BE RECOGNIZED AS NOT HAVING A RED TAN....SIMPLE DISGUSTING!

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  2. If the UWP should form the next Goverment they with would embrace CIP. It's the same situation going on in St Kitts and Nevis the new Goverment Team Unity continue with the same CIP. St Lucian don't be brainwash by Mr Chasanet.

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  3. Am I confused or am I senile? Isn't this the same kenny Anthony who wrote several investors not to invest in st lucia when he was in opposition ? I guess he had st lucia at heart huh?

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  4. THE SLP FOLLOWERS ON THIS SITE EITHER ARE GORE GORES OR THEY BELIEVE THE REST OF US ARE. THEY HAVE THE SAME MENTALITY WITH THEIR BOSS.

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  5. Hello
    Mr. CHASTENET as said earlier by another commenter is not against CIP. HE IS ONLY ADVOCATING FOR TRANSPARENCY AND FOR HILLAIRE TO RESIGN AS HE BY VIRTUE OF THE JAFFALI APPOINTMENT HAS PROVEN TO BE UNTRUSTWORTHY. BY THE WAY WHAT HAS SAINT LUCIA GAINED SO FOR ALL THE MONTHS OF JUFFALI'S APPOINTMENT, EXCEPT NEGATIVE PUBLICITY. BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT HILLAIRE AND HIS COHORTS MAY HAVE GOTTEN.

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  6. You are right Say Suhsee. Chastanet was opposed to CIP's reckless administration without proper scrutiny and due diligence. He always stated that. Further and very correctly he was opposed to Hilaire, a prospective candidiate and so steep in the SLP, being chairman of the board. That is all.
    So Jane take note. You had it wrong.
    But the stark similarities of the Dominica and St. Lucia situations shows all the deeds done in the dark will surely come to light. But its a pity yet again it is the people of those island who get bluffed and taken for a ride whilst the greasy greedy few enjoy the ill gotten spoils

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  7. On what grounds is Mr. Chastanet asking Mr. Ernest Hilaire to resign. What proof does he have that Mr. Hilaire allegedly issued a diplomatic passport illegally or that he is allegedly corrupt. This guy is like Donald Trump saying stuff people supporting his party want to hear even if it has no truth or he has no evidence and making them more ignorant. Being a young St Lucian, I have seen to many people blinded by politics, Mr. Chastanet show evidence that he is corrupt then ask him to resign, tell us how you will run the country differently, tell us how you will raise money to pay off St. Lucia debts, fix and maintain the infrastructure (roads, bridges etc.), tell us how you would create long term employment, tell us how your will attract investments to the country (remember u wasted millions trying and you failed), what would you do differently.

    Sincerely,

    A Literate, Educated, unpolitical St Lucian

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    • by your comment you are making other st lucians who are educated and not aligned laugh when we read. cause what chasnet is asking is easy, full disclosure, nothing less, let us see the procedure which was followed to get this Arabian dude our diplomatic authority.....why the secrecy ? that is exactly why the questions are needed

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  8. Dominica and St. Lucia High Commission share the same office in London. Isn't it ironic that both of these countries seem to allegdely support the sale of diplomacy and passports? The High Commissioner for Dominica has since returned to Dominica as the minister of "yep" you got it" Foreign Affairs. Are we seeing a similar occurrence here? Who is advising who?

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  9. Mr. Chastanet has a valid point !????... You cannot protect everybody but whoever came up with this idea didn't think it through thoroughly ????. There are details that the present governing members hide from us .. And when they're brought to light they blame the opposition to shift the focus . So we remain blinded and accuse the wrong people... ?? creating confusion.. Manipulation comes in different forms .
    Everyone on this forum should agree that protecting Saint Lucia is and should be #1
    The Saint Lucian people should have more say in such matters ????

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  10. Truth be told the LPM is the only party that stood firm against CIP. While the UWP joined Kenny to vote in favour of it Mr Prudent to his credit was the lone voice in the wilderness saying it was a mistake.
    I remember him asking for a land policy to be put into place to protect St Lucians and questioning how will the government police international crime if they can even police local criminals.
    We must stop making noise after the fact. I mean we had enough time to have put pressure on the government to halt this thing.
    Now with all thos beckering i dont see how you will stop the government after voting with them.

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    • We do have a say. Its called elections. Vote them out and let them know of our displeasure. Maybe we should ask for changes to governance where more referendums are used to determine public policy.

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      • i definitely agree with that comment about the referendums cause it seems we have no choice or no clear path in making our government know that we are displeased with their governance, short of voting them out... our democracy have stagnated from the time of independence, though we have a lawyer as our PM there are no reforms whcih are forth coming which will benefit the people

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  11. Finally UWP speaks out their concerns of us selling Passports. This Citizens by Investment is nothing more than selling our Passports.

    We are also making it harder for an Entrepreneur to start or keep their business going when a bank will not even touch their idea. How we like to hinder our people in development and teach and show them ways that they can become confident and grow and believe that they too have a chance.

    Government leaders, please before you sell out your country, Build your people to become strong leaders and developers not just followers.

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  12. The worse idea from the PM was the CIP,that will attract all kinds of criminals to the island.
    This minister above should be feeding her people in Nigeria ,why St lucia??

    Kenny that's a dumb idea.st lucians should be fighting for their island-
    No kenny ,YOU ARE DESPERATE for Not Chasnet

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    • Well dear if its Christmas and u need a break, u should take it rather than come to SNO. So your point is ???

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    • I agree with Sam. Chas hold those opinions till after new year. For now let's put the politics behind us and come together, be merry, share, love and care of each other especially the less fortunate. Merry Christmas everyone! One love

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    • It seems you are the only one talking about Christmas. I do not know your age but compare Christmas this year to all the other Christmas and you will see Christmas this year is like Good Friday. You have taken a page from Kenny's book because he was the one who asked the criminals of Vieux Fort to give the people a break to enjoy their Christmas. I guess you have received your HAM from your representative so have a "Merry Ham Christmas"

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  13. properly fleshed out how? Chastanet, if you want people to support you then you must give more information or you will just look desperate for true.

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  14. Chas are you against CIP? Will your wife stop her application for an agent of CIP. Will you refuse the income that she gets from it?

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    • Play dumb or continue sipping your joy juice and prostrating yourself on SLAP.Chastenet is not against CIP, he is advocating transparency and ethical administration .The current board is suspect and comprises of party supporters. EH inspires zero confidence in rational minded observers.There is deep suspicion over the Juffali appointment. High Commissioner to London is a fantastic job. Why would EH leave it to head CIP?????

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      • Do you truly believe that the next board would not have any political leanings, or not be suspect? You must have tried some of that juice, yourself. Where was the openness, transparency and ethical judgment when Chas was in the ministry. Still waiting for the results of his failed boxing policy. What did we gain or lost from this endeavor? Politician will do whatever it takes to be elected. Including being a yes man to everything that sounds good to the electorate. That's what Chas is doing presently. We need a new crop of politicians, not the same old recycled bunch whose only belief is to help themselves while the people wait for all the hollow promises to somehow materialize. We St. Lucians will be waiting indefinitely unless we learn to accept people with flaws just like us.

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    • Franko has been pushing that crap in the group of embesils but yet to get traction.

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