Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, is asking the public and those affected by the deadly March 21 quarry explosions to be patient now that the investigators have completed their task.
Speaking at the weekly pre-Cabinet press briefing on Monday, Francis said the investigators are now preparing their report which will be submitted to the police and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
“I want the public to understand that the government is very serious about getting to the bottom of what happened at the quarry,” Francis said.
He added: “We have some investigators here and they have now indicated that they have finished with their investigations, and they are in the process of preparing a report, which will be submitted to the police and the DPP. They will come up with their recommendations and actions that needs to be taken.
“But we just want to make sure that the public knows that we are still very interested in this matter but we cannot rush to justice. We must wait for the investigations to be completed.”
Speaking on the same issue, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said the proper process must be allowed to take place without government interference. He said the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has been asked to do an assessment of the area.
He added: “So there was an immediate response in which we helped families. You will recognise that without any commitment of any funds whatsoever we flew people to Martinique and we took on that overall obligation.
“Some people have insurance companies. And also we are hoping that the developer himself … has insurance. And so there is a process that has to take place and government can’t be seen to be interfering with that. But NEMO hopefully is identifying the peple that don’t have insurance themselves.
“My undertanding is that there are supposed to be a Town Council meeting to advise them in terms of how they should be processing their problems so that there is a proper record of whatever damages that have taken place.”
The quarry explosion resulted in the death of four employees and injured over 30 other persons.qua