Dear Editor: When Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony addressed the nation regarding the IMPACS report, from the beginning of the address, he made it clear that the speech was a difficult one. In fact, his speech was entitled “A difficult issue to confront”.
After that speech, it is alleged that numerous attempts were made to get a comment from officials from the former government, including the former Minister of National Security, Guy Mayers. All to no avail. No one in the previous administration has taken responsibility, offered their explanations for Operation Restore Confidence. Most of the comments have been to take issue with the government’s handling of the aftermath, but not the event (s) itself. They steer clear of that discussion.
However, about a month after that address, Guy Mayers has surfaced. He has broke his media sabbatical. On Wednesday night (April 8, 2015), in his ‘bla bla bla’ segment on air, the former minister related the killings over the past few days to what was said by our current Prime Minister. The former minister went on to say that the Prime Minister was irresponsible in the way that he handled the report. Yet, in the same breath suggests that the report should be made public.
At this point, I think the people of St. Lucia, especially the media, needs to ask Guy Mayers some tough questions. Amongst many things, we need to know: why was Guy Mayers silent until now? Why did he come out of hibernation? Why is it that Guy Mayers did not come out in the press to commend the police on three months of no murders? Why? What was Guy Mayers’ role in Operation Restore Confidence? What did he know? Did he authorise the Operation? If not, what role did he play in the Operation? Did he give the orders? If not, who did?
Why is it that the press accepted a ‘no comment’ from Guy Mayers after the speech, yet allow him to speak only on what he wanted to? Guy Mayers was at the heart of the security apparatus of the country when the Operation happened. He should be made to answer the burning questions.
Guy Mayers we need answers, not blame, rhetoric and deflection. Be honest with St. Lucia.