La Corbiniere has lost the public’s trust – Speak out St. Lucia

La Corbiniere has lost the public’s trust – Speak out St. Lucia
Minister Victor La Corbiniere
Minister Victor La Corbiniere
Minister Victor La Corbiniere

PRESS RELEASE – Exactly 70 days ago today I stood at this very location to launch a new organization called Speak Out St. Lucia. It was because of the need to speak out against serious ills in Saint Lucia.

At that time particular concern was directed at the crisis situation which existed, and continues to exist in Saint Lucia, with regards to rape, child molestation and incest.

Taking on these issues which have affected Saint Lucia for decades, it was decided to report on our progress after 100 days. However because of the continuing alarming trends we have found it critical to make a pointed and deliberate statement.

Since March 9th a number of rather disturbing crimes have occurred.

These have created a sense of hopelessness and desperation in Saint Lucia. The onslaught of criminal activity seems to continue regardless of reassurances by the authorities, particularly from our Minister of National Security.

In fact, our minister of national security, Victor LaCorbiniere, has single handedly invoked the ire and condemnation of the public for his insensitive and mostly irrelevant statements regarding these crimes.

He has lost the public trust, and failed to reassure the public that anti-crime measures taken under his leadership have any hope of succeeding.

Last week, when asked about the reported rapes at the Derek Walcott Square in Castries, his statements can be considered as nothing less than insensitive, dismissive, and  callous.

He very quickly switched the conversation by stating that we could not have had a successful Jazz festival had
there not been an inordinate amount of resources put in by the police and other agencies.

What we ask then, is where are these inordinate resources when we don’t have Jazz? Is the safety of Saint Lucians not of paramount importance the other 355 days of the year?

He went further to say that “we have to be proactive to resolve what might happen..” Then where are the CCTV cameras; where is the necessary nighttime lighting to deter criminals in the city; where is the manpower; where is the equipment; and where is the forensics laboratory. With a constrained police force, we must maximize whatever resources we have to minimize expense to the public purse. This again begs the question of the opening of our forensics laboratory. The failure to have this multi-million dollar facility operational continues to cost Saint Lucia significant amounts of money, and is part of the larger problem of our clogged judicial system. We still have no fixed date for its reopening despite many assurances of it being “soon.”

The need to send evidence samples for testing overseas incurs serious time delays on our already bursting-at-theseams system. Of even more concern, and highlighted by many local and international agencies, is our staggering prison remand population.

To date we have approximately 350 prisoners on remand and 250 sentenced inmates. Petty crime leads to further more serious crimes. In the city we notice impromptu structures being erected on sidewalks and other areas. The seriously clog pedestrian traffic and are a haven for pickpockets and other low level criminals, not to mention drug activity.

Policing 101 teaches any recruit that crowded areas and bottlenecks to foot traffic and to be vigourously monitored. This is why we warn shoppers during the holiday season and other busy times of year to be on the lookout for pickpockets and other criminals.

Yet we have these broken down, rusted wrought iron and tarpaulin structures disfiguring our once beautiful city. Inquiring to the CCC about these impediments not too long ago, I was told that it was useless to enforce the law since a simple call would be made to a government minister and that would be the end of that!

Ironically, it is against the law to obstruct the public footpath, yet one agency blatantly allows it, while another is expected to deal with the fallout of crime which it encourages.

All of this occurs under the watch of our National Security Minister, Victor LaCorbiniere. He has failed to be effective and inspires zero confidence.

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  1. I have been calling for this man's resignation for years now but nobody seems to mind. The country is running by remote control and the only time concern is showed is when it is of a political matter.

    I have also realized that I am a young person and the only thing that keeps me going is the fact that I know that these older labour and flambeau folks will pass away. I mean you cannot go fetch from the deepest holes in the country the poor old people who cannot even afford a daily meal farless the pampers they require. Then use them to vote you in and retire them to their holes after. I find dragging a poor 90 year old to the Jackmel church as if to celebrate her birthday when you are really celebrating your party is Despicable. Where are you the other 364 days of the year in her life?

    If I ever become a PM people who take advantage of helpless human beings will face the law and sent to jail.

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  2. La Corbs is due a job. His father was a Labour stalwart from the old Labour group that participated in the failed West Indies Federation. Nothing more and nothing less.
    The job is reward for wearing the party's colour only rather than for kind of particular or spectacular ability. That is the truth and noting but the truth.
    Saint Lucians do not respect ability, just only academic credentials, pedigree and paternity. Failure is rewarded with re-election. Stupidity is rewarded with high praise. Mediocrity is virtue. Skill is pooh-poohed. Only party colours are important. The society goes downhill with all this. Yet, the entire society sticks rigidly to the same old foolishness, holding on to it like religion. Heaven help us.

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    • "Saint Lucians do not respect ability, just only academic credentials, pedigree and paternity. Failure is rewarded with re-election. Stupidity is rewarded with high praise. Mediocrity is virtue. Skill is pooh-poohed. Only party colours are important. The society goes downhill with all this. Yet, the entire society sticks rigidly to the same old foolishness, holding on to it like religion."

      So on target I had to repeat it. The root cause of so much dysfunction in this poor country. If we can resolve such backward thinking we may have a chance.

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  3. My brother you are late , I have expressed before my opinion that LaCorb is the worst minister in living history. He arrogant contemptuous of the citizenship , he does blame game it's every body but his fault.
    I don't think he even wants to be a minister, he remains in position because he is one of Kennys cronies.
    I too will have to seriously consider if I will vote SLP if Kenny keeps him situ. Because if Kenny does not jettison mate from public office then he too Kenny is treating the electorate with contempt.
    I have a problem with the practice of thrusting upon us individuals who have rejected at the ballot box

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  4. Who appoint la corbinere? Who can Fire him? Is kenny. So kenny cannot see mate is a nonsense and people tired complsining.?

    So who really is to blame for the nonsense occufing in La corbinere's ministries? Who must we hold accountable.

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  5. Lucians don't you realized Lacob and the SLP Cronies do not care about our safely and security. They all have their security team everywhere they go and at their homes while they sleep. So the rest of us can get raped, killed, robbed and mobbed.
    It time to fire that, 'Minister of Just Us'

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  6. I have been saying for years that this man is an idiot. He cannot differentiates his .... from his elbow. Most incompetence I have seen.

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  7. I just returned from home. "Speak out St. Lucia" has hit the nail on the head. Castries is slowly turning into a big ghetto. They have allowed sellers to place unauthorized structures all over the darn place. When will someone say enough is enough. There is a breakdown of order. That sorry Lacorbs guy deserves an entire chapter. What a failure! I wound'nt even let that guy secure my chicken coop.

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  8. I hope when the current government gets back into power that they do not make that huge mistake to put this man (la corb) as minister of national security. Non effective.

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  9. I have said it before and I will keep on saying it. Phillips LaCorbiniere has to be the most unless man in the Caribbean. Even whilst as st.Marys college he was one of the dullest, I don't even think he left that school with one o'level subject. Twice attorney general just useless .

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