Outspoken opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Guy Joseph is urging government to fire its Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Dr. Sheik Walid Juffali.
The Castries South East MP told the media on Tuesday (Jan. 12) that the Saudi billionaire has created an embarrassment for St. Lucia internationally, and has drawn too much negativity to the island.
He believes the best way to deal with the matter involving Dr. Juffali, is to fire him and clear the name of St. Lucia. The former minister also believes that the government should move fast on the issue.
Joseph also criticised the government for taking a decision to send officials here, to the United Kingdom, to iron out the matter involving the Saudi billionaire.
He contends that the matter could have been dealt with from the Embassy of St. Lucia in that country, expressing his disapproval of members of the government “using tax payers money” to travel there.
“Every bad decision made by this government is paid for by the tax payers of this country and that is why we have to hold them responsible for sending people to represent us,” he asserted.
He said despite Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony coming forward to state that Dr. Juffali plans to build a Diabetes Research Centre here, he doesn’t believe the business tycoon has any benefit to St. Lucia.