Government says failed UWP project continues to cost tax payers

Government says failed UWP project continues to cost tax payers

PRESS RELEASE – Government sought Parliament’s approval this morning to raise EC $8,407,800.00 and EC $5,092,200.00 to issue fixed rate bonds, to Marie Ann Cecilia Francis and Estate of Oliver Caliste Nicholas Francis, respectively, to settle outstanding liabilities for the compulsory acquisition of lands.

These lands were acquired by the UWP administration to facilitate the construction of a hotel that never materialized.

In his closing presentation, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony reminded the House that the total cost of this failed project to the people of Saint Lucia is $67 million dollars. He explained,

“This represents $32 million dollars for the Roebuck Properties or the Black Bay Lands. The amount owed to the Jamaica Government and International Hotel is $21.6 million and $13.4 million for the families here. I have not even added the famous Daher Mall. If I did that the cost would be approximately $115 million.

During his presentation in the House of Assembly, Hon. Guy Joseph argued that in the end the lands will belong to the people of Saint Lucia and sought to justify the UWP Government’s poor decision.

In response, Dr. Anthony described the argument as a cruel twist of history. Dr. Anthony said,

“History is cruel. What a cruel twist of history by the Member for Castries South East! When it was Rochamel you never heard there was a hotel remaining. You never heard there was a hotel paying electricity, paying water, paying 600 workers. You never heard of the benefits of Sandals Grande. Never!

What a cruel twist of fate, a twist of argument and deceit!”

The Prime Minister added, “The point is, you have acquired lands for a useless project that did not materialize and the tax payers now have to pay for it. That’s the point. If the former government was not seduced into believing the developer these lands would remain where they are.

The former Minister for Tourism has to take responsibility for this cost, as he presented this investment and caused decisions to be made in favour of this non-existent project.”

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Kenny D...what about the hundreds of millions we're wasting on your incompetence and selfish motives for the Grynberg affair?

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  2. What if some of these lands were put under agriculture when Kenny came into power? Wouldn't the country have recouped at least some of this revenue? While he continues to sit idly by and watch his fellow St. Lucians sink in order to blame somebody. Is that the character who some of our posters want to defend or emulate. Thats what a wise and sympathetic leader would have done. Any questions?

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  3. For those who argue that the people are saying what was done was right.

    "Are you guys above saying that, what Allan did was right because Kenny did it too"?

    We are not saying that what Allan did was right. We are not saying that it was wrong either. Fact is that St. Lucia had no influence on the economic meltdown which occured from 2008, which is frequently referenced by Kenny himself. He makes reference to it when he wants to deny the or short change the country on something such as healthcare or slash the wages of Public Servants. In addition the failure of the projects initiated by Dr. Anthony were never in response to any world economic crisis.

    He makes reference to Sandals giving jobs, paying electricity etc. How much stake does the St. Lucian taxpayer own in it? In fact while the impoverished taxpayers continue to struggle with VAT at 15%, Sandal's contribution maybe a mere 8% considering the huge profits that they make and the way it treats these same workers.

    On the opposite side we have hundreds of acres of land, though we paid a hefty sum, land only appreciates in value. Therefore eventually the land will be worth twice as much as it's cost, if it is not already.

    Lastly if the PM makes such wonderful statemants about our agricultural prospects and the aquisition of lands for this purpose. Then waahlaah. I guess an idiot can figure this one out.

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  4. I must agree with cahbwit (goat). We don't hold our leaders countable for any wrong doings. A party will do some thing wrong and when accused they will say that the other party did it too. Rochamel, Le Paradis, Black Bay, West Coast road and the list goes on. At the end of the day the tax payers bears the burden and their children children will still be paying those bills. The point is that the politicians escape with murder and they need to be punished for their wron doings

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  5. It's a shame when i read the comments of my countrymen and women, no wonder our country in such a mess we so bent on party colours that we can't see what has and is happening. Wape up and stop letting politicians put dust in our eyes and think of right and wrong instead , our country belongs to us.

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  6. Ca rot you have to understand these people who write stupidness and ignorance are those still in denial as well as still under ump syndrome

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  7. Kenny anthony is the best. Let's take for example: Rochamel, Grynberg, Fenwall, etc how much is that? Did u sought parliamentary approval for any? Let's go again. SPLIT TOOTH BANDIT - $12,000 to redo hardwood floors in her office, $64,000 medical bill (taxpayer monies), $200,000 plus gratuity after 3 years of service, $100,000/yr salary for being a sidekick and photographer. In all this, why can't you kenny anthony tell the lucian people how much the legal fees are for Grynberg? It's our monies you spending. We need to know. So before you make aspersions and allegations left and right, you Dr. Anthony need to look yourself in the mirror. We are just - if not, more guilty. KENNY MUST GO.

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  8. Kenny , you and your boys have destroyed the country, the amount of local business you have closed , don't forget Francis &Francis that used to provide work for 60 staff, I am sure some of them have committe suicide, the monies that was given to you for election campaign, and then you closed them. SO Kenny Shut up, you kill bananas, where the jobs, jobs, where is it.Marchand is a slump, ask for your constituency, a dead zone, no work, nothing to do.Election round the corner you crying wolf.The SLP boys and Kenny kill sweet Lucia. St.Lucia in pain.

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  9. Well St. Lucians you all know what politics is about. SLP is a master at trying to deflect attention away from current issues of the country instead of doing the job they are being paid to do...fixing it.

    Masters at having the people in a trans by dazzling rum, chicken and soca music during campaign time.

    Masters at fooling the electorate to make them believe they are for the people...Average man they say...average man is being extincted in the country.

    Well they better master finding sommething else to do come next elections because the gig is up! St lucia has been a cash cow for them. They each have gained enough to live large after. But what i will be most happy about is all these phony hor hor ambassadors they sending all over the place not doing shit for the country.

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  10. I would like to know when will you'll stop playing tit for tat. stupid politicians always blaming the other side for the country's malfunction. instead shut up and fix the current problems you all create.

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  11. we need jobs jobs jobs. that what we want to hear.if we are not employed...depression kicks in.depression is a terrible thing as it messes with the brain.stop the back and forth and focus on the peoples needs.invest in agriculture build factories to creat a blast of employment.

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    • Greece is falling because of their lack of foresight. They heavily invested in only tourism. They are a European nation and still crumbling. Can you imagine st.lucia?? Anyone who took an economics class would know that far less and economist. Where are the economist in st.lucia?? too busy getting over paid not doing their jobs? I cannot begin to understand why the country cannot invest in factories, invest in the land once again through agriculture. I live in the U.S and cannot believe the basic things i see package in the supermarket from other lands such as sliced breadfruit, slice five fingers, shredded coconut and the list goes on. ALL of that and more can be done in st.lucia for export.

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      • I can assure they not 'sitting doing nothing'. The problem is simply more complicated than 'build more factories'. Would you be willing to accept the wages a factory owner supplies? Most likely not. We also cannot compete with larger islands or latin america when it comes to selling raw produce. we simply dont have the capacity.
        A very viable option would be selling premium goods, for example our Neighbor sells chocolate while paying farmers relatively higher wages because it is sold for a premium price.
        Such niches will have to be found. All it takes a little creative thinking by our business minds.

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      • Well said Sight as you never put all your eggs in one basket.In the UK can't seem to buy any bananas from St.Lucia.They are only from South American countries
        ,Dominican Republic and an organic banana being produced in St.Vincent.Politicians are only interested in themselves,and not doing any thing in the interest of it's citizens and country. Just a sad time for this once beautiful island.

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  12. Rock a bye baby Kenny on the tree top
    When election winds blow the cradle will rock down will come baby Kenny, cradle and ALL!!!

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  13. Dr. Kenny Anthony, all Mr. Joseph told you was that the government purchased the land. It belong to us. Land, for one, do not deteriorate. Don't you believe you can subsequently sell this land and make twice the amount? Why did you ever think of comparing that to Rochamel. This is an sinful. You give people money for them to build their hotel? If only you bought shares in the hotel, our educated St Lucians would understand that. I am convinced now that you think you are talking to us like we are asses.

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  14. The new administration is supposed to continue unfinished projects left back by the previous administration. But no... Kenny will not finish these projects because his government didn't start them... So childish...

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  15. The more I read these comments the more I become convinced that the people of St Lucia are the problem we are i n this mess...not a single person here has expressed disgust for the gross misappropriation of funds... If the red side tiff the red defends from yellow. When yellow tiff yellows defend. It's just so stupid.
    I read an interesting article which claimed the reason the Caribbean always laggs behind is due to the lack of trust the people have in the government . it's so bad that they force the government to spend any surplus funds instead of saving for fear that the government might steal the money. Because the government has no savings due to political pressure they are unable to spend their way through recession so the downturn lasts unnecessarily long. This is written by a German BTW.
    It's just so sad that a woman half way across the globe can see we fighting each other down too much to progress and we cah see it. Just sad.

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    • The most accurate comment here but if the writing is not in red or yellow they will not understand. We really are the problem we desperately urge these guys to solve when we could solve a greater percentage of it by just changing our mentality. I see more spirited comments on here than on the great performance of some of our common entrance students success. I wish some of you were color blind.

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  16. Eh make your'll head hurt your'll both parties have to agree before papers are signed. King can't just say sell that.kenny have to agree to it.open your eyes st.lucia

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  17. How dare you mention Sandals and the six hundred jobs they provide.
    What about all the vendors, bars and restaurants who are struggling to keep going because all the all-inclusive tourists never leave the hotel. When will you change the name of St Lucia to Sandals Island.
    You are traitor to your country.

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