Dalson to spill the beans today

Dalson to spill the beans today
Parliamentary Representative for Soufriere and Local Government Minister Harold Dalson. Credit: stlucia.gov.lc
Parliamentary Representative for Soufriere and Local Government Minister Harold Dalson. Credit: stlucia.gov.lc

Local Government Minister Harold Dalson will hold a press conference today, Friday, May 24, 2013 to make public the findings of the Review of the Financial Operations of Local Government Councils.

The Labour administration commissioned the review to determine how monies from the Taiwanese government were used under the former United Workers Party (UWP) government.

The report says during the period January 2008 – December 2011, Councils received and deposited monies into bank and credit union accounts from a variety of sources including central government and the Taiwanese government.

The report says these monies were not treated and classified as “public monies”. They were never paid to the treasurer and was not deposited into the Urban, Village or Rural District Fund as required by the Local Authorities Ordinance.

Councils received and deposited in bank and credit union accounts a total of $28. 6 million — $18. 67 million of which was received from the Taiwanese government.

Former Prime Minister Stephenson King, however says he believes there are explanations for every perceived wrongdoing contained in the report. King has also called into the question, the persons comprising the Review Committee.

The opposition leader has though refused to comment on the report, saying he will at the appropriate time address the issues raised.

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  1. We want to know about these Taiwanese FUNDS just as much as what do we stand to lose from this Grynburg case if we lose the court case. Mr. Harold Dalson;

    -Who currently owns the St Lucian seabed off the Dauphin coast???
    -Are the owners American or British???
    -And will it really cost St Lucians over $500 Million US Dollars to get it back in St Lucian hands???

    Over to you Mr. Minister/Member for Soufriere. Give us information on that issue too before you call press conference to talk about Taiwan's money.

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  2. WOULD BE INTERESTING IF THE GOVENOR GENERAL DIDN'T SIGN THE PAPERS. ONCE AGAIN, KENNY WITH HIS ARROGANT SELF THINKING THAT HE OWNS ST. LUCIA... SIGNING AWAY OUR LITTLE ISLAND! WE WANT TO HER FROM THE GOVENOR GENERAL.

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  3. Thats a great move by the government it will cause our politician to be careful when using our monies

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  4. When a politician says stop, you better run like a bat outta hell. I think they should all carry a sign saying, 'you're stupid if you believe a word I say.'

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    • What cynicism? And what will cure the problems of the country if this is your advise to young people. Cynicism is like a cancer within. Cut the crap up and learn to take a clear stands for once.

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  5. i just want to see a politician held accountable for wrong, i dont care which side these have operated with imunity

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  6. I think there was merit in the audit report being carried out and released, however was it timed for release during the budget to remove focus on in less than one year VAT, WATER INCREASE,SUGAR,RICE AND FLOUR increase, VAT ON MEDICATION, POSSIBLE BUS FARE HIKE. Or perhaps the pending Grynberg law suit KENNY MOUTH IS SHUT ABOUT,OR ROCHAMEL FUNDS? Both parties need to go the Jail. Also from the report most of the projects appear to be under valued for what so ever reason based on some of them mention, also all the projects seems to have been done, perhaps at a higher cost than some should. I hope we can get all our monies back including ROCAMEL and the TIAWANESE FUND. St. Lucians let come together and march for answer by both sides.

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  7. The timing of this report is very suspect. That is one of the problems I have with it. And during every single Government MP's presentation they each alluded to a particular aspect with it had to do with their opponent. Emma Hippolyte spoke about Spider Montoute. Dalson spoke about Chastanet. Musa - Nancy. This was not a coincidence; sounds carefully planned out to me. Very strategic move on the part of the Government. And this is very interesting to me. 'Distraction' from the country's plight??? I really think so.

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  8. I do think Mr. King had/has good intentions as it relates to the statement he made suggesting that the audit report was biased. Even though I believe he has every right to defend his party but I think he was pandering to the emotions and gullibility of some.

    What he, King, should have done is to indicate to St. Lucians whether the information therein was true or false. If he thought they were false or inaccurate he should have provided information (documented) showing that. If he didn't, he should have just kept quiet because there are a whole lot of persons like me who will not fall for pandering to the emotion!

    Additionally, regarding Rochamel, can someone direct me to a place where I can get information? When I do get that, I will be in a position to comment.

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  9. I want to see some people go gaol for this. I also want to see Kenny Anthony and his cronies go to gaol for Rochamel and the other disasters.

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