Joseph presents ‘proof’ of SLP gov’t $3M investigation, speaks about attacks against his wife

By SNO Staff

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Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph on Thursday night (April 5) presented documents in Parliament to prove that the previous St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government had paid an American forensic accountant $3 million of taxpayers’ money to investigate him.

During his contribution to the debate on the 2018/2019 [Budget] Appropriation Bill which was eventually passed, Joseph suggested that the SLP political leader Philip J. Pierre, and Vieux Fort South MP and former prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony would be lying if they denied knowledge of the investigation.

“You want me to talk about SCL, I’ll talk about Robert Lindquist. I have every receipt that you paid the $3 million. Even though it was deleted from the SmartStream system, and it could only have been deleted from the SmartStream system by a senior, a high person in authority, but I had time get it before it was deleted; $3 million paid to investigate me,” Joseph said.

He continued: “I have the copy of every phone call that I made, every email that I sent is here, and the member for Vieux South in his presentation was about to say the report said that, but he changed his words halfway.

“… I am calling on the opposition who was in government at the time, to come and show the people of St. Lucia where you spent $3 million to investigate me and came to say that that is not true. And I am so happy the leader of the opposition and member for Castries East,” as Joseph said this, Pierre walked into the sitting of the House. “He has excellent timing, he walk in at the right time,” Joseph added.

He continued: “At the previous sitting of the House, when I was making my presentation he stood up Mr. Speaker, and you remember I allowed him to speak. I said let him speak. You know what he said? He didn’t know nothing about investigation.

“Mr. speaker, I have in my hand a Cabinet Conclusion — and maybe we should cite the member for misleading the House — a Cabinet Conclusion dated 2nd of July 2012. The following Cabinet Conclusion was submitted for your consideration, Cabinet confirmed the appointment of Mr. Robert Lindquist for the purpose of conducting a forensic investigation on behalf of the government of St. Lucia. The attorney general, after consultation with the prime minister, will act on behalf of the government of St. Lucia.”

Pierre

‘MISLEADING THE HOUSE’

As Joseph was closing those sentences, Pierre rose to his feet and told the Speaker of the House that Joseph was “misleading the House”.

However, the Speaker objected to Pierre’s claim. Joseph then resumed his presentation.

He went on to say that attendees at the July 2, 2012 Cabinet Conclusion meeting to introduce the investigation against Joseph included Dr. Anthony and Pierre.

He added that at another Cabinet Conclusion, dated July 9, 2012, to confirm the proposed investigation, attendees again included Dr. Anthony and Pierre.

Joseph refrained from naming the other persons who were at the meeting. “I don’t need to go down the rest. That is the point I want to make,” he said.

He continued: “So when members come to this honurable House and tell you they don’t know this and they don’t know that, I know that’s not true Mr. Speaker, I know that’s not true.

“But you see Mr. Speaker they on a witch hunt. And I have in my hand there the document of the fraud case that was filed against Allen Chastanet and Kenneth Cazaubon on the Soufriere, the lighting of the playing field when we have the opening. That is how this Labour Party operate. They go after you to try and destroy you.”

ATTACKS ON HIS WIFE

Joseph then turned the attention to his wife, J. Wendy Bailey-Joseph, whom he said has been under constant attacks by Opposition members and supporters.

“I have a strong wife Mr. Speaker. And I must express profound thanks and appreciation to her for all that she b… because if anybody knows me, she is the one who knows me.

“You see they have attacked her, they have attacked her integrity, they have said all kinds of things about her.”

The minister said his wife is a qualified professional.

“I heard the member for Vieux Fort North speak about special education and what they do. I have in my hand here a book, ‘Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs’. This is a textbook that is used in universities in the US and you know who’s the co-author of this book? Jenevie Wendy Bailey, and that’s about the third.”

“So when people try to marginalise you, because she doesn’t make a big fuss and she does not make a big show. So when they cannot get me, they try and go after people that pertains to me..,” Joseph alleged.

Referring to the Cabinet Conclusion documents that he claimed are proof of the investigations against him, Joseph remarked: “That is the extent to which the Labour Party will go but Mr. Speaker my name will be cleared one of these days because this report (Cabinet Conclusion) must make it here.”

Joseph pointing to the Star newspaper

THE SIGNATURE

He then took a shot at Dr. Anthony again. He accused the former SLP leader of once being a supporter of a DSH project, which he apparently speaks against now.

Holding up a copy of the St. Lucia Star newspaper and reading from it, Joseph said. “I want the member for Vieux Fort South to tell me ‘the proposed integrated resort development’ on the back page of the Star newspaper with his signature at the bottom there. If that is not so then I expect you to file a lawsuit against the Star, if this is not an authentic document. So the same DSH you want to give all the blows… and you signed a presentation?… If I make a presentation to you, my signature will be on the presentation so you do that make the presentation to DSH?”

Pointing to another headline on the Star newspaper, with a SLP member’s photo on it, Joseph read: “Now it says ‘Senator speaks out, those lawmakers who become lawbreakers should be jailed’, and I agree with that.”

Dr. Anthony laughs

FINANCIAL PROBE INTO JOSEPH

Joseph has vowed to make the contents of a United States (U.S.) investigative report on his alleged dealings with Asphalt and Mining (A&M) public as soon it is completed.

The U.S., according to Dr. Anthony, is conducting a probe into “certain financial transactions by the business.”

Lindquist is conducting that investigation.

Joseph has been constantly accused of nepotism and abuse of public office by the SLP in relation to his stint as minister of communications and works minister in the United Workers Party’s (UWP) previous term in office.

Fingers have been pointed at him for allegedly influencing the award of infrastructural project contracts in excess of $2.9 million to his brothers.
According to Dr. Anthony at an SLP public meeting earlier this year, the SLP had written to the United States to allow the forensic accountant to investigate “certain accounts in other countries outside of our region”.

Joseph, in response, had said that he awaits the contents of the investigation and will gladly reveal all its findings to the public because he is innocent.

“…I intend to make this document available on the internet. I intend to make it available in the public, to the public. It should be in the libraries. It should be everywhere so that people can read for themselves,” he said adding, “I want every investigation to come to its end. Because I know I have absolutely nothing to fear or to worry about.”

In reference to an interim report on the matter, Joseph had said he deliberately “baited” the SLP during a parliament sitting to see how they would have reacted.

“I deliberately did not give the surname in parliament because I threw out a bait to see how the Labour Party would have reacted. And exactly as I expected the Leader of the Opposition Hon. Phillip J Pierre said, ‘the interim report you need to put it out and say what’s on it’ and I spoke across the table to him and I told him, ‘so you know there’s an interim report but you never spoke about it’.”

Joseph was adamant that he would reveal “every single thing that was done in relation to me, every record of my phone calls, every record of my emails and every single thing that they could have traced back to me” when the investigations are complete.

“…I intend to open every page that is available,” he had said.

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23 comments

  1. Why all the name calling, mr. Joseph is a very good politician, st.lucia ought to be proud of him. I grew up hearing this name calling, stop it grow the hell up some of you haters,the man is doing a great job. The politicians that are not doing or gettting anything done you like them. We are all God's children, as long as he is doing his job let him be, i have not seen any other politician speak up for the well being of the people and country, like he does.........

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  2. We all know coolies have more mind than negg...the negg juss ple awajhe'

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  3. Laugh at the Coolie Bway Kenny. He is a minister of a siting government with key cabinet position with The Portfolio of Economics, Urban Renewal and Civil Aviation and you are banned from one of the country's main trading partners that you have to deal with in the interest of St Lucia's Economic Development and advancements due to your - affairs and you b--itching about been investigated. Yes they right to heckle your tribe and your wife too. all they all reaped from your corrupted spoils.

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    • Editor of SNO, you may not publish it but I really want to know how much were you paid for that long story that has nothing to do with the country's economic growth which is what was under discussion. I do not see such lengthy articles on the really issues. Oh is it that it is about St.Lucia and you do not give a damn.

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      • All you gotta do is check my financial records. Both SLP and UWP got enough access to taxpayers' monies to hire financial forensic scientists.

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  4. Lord put a hand Don't forget ST JUDE look for every think But remember ST. JUDE

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  5. It is rumoured that the reasons the report has not been tabled is:
    1. It exonerates the Hon Guy Joseph. The SLP wasted $3 million of taxpayers money that could have fed so many or repaired a couple schools or fixed a piece of road - just to vindictively get at this citizen. MUCh as as they wasted 10s of millions on Rochamel and Grynsbyrg.
    2. The report condemns someone who is regularly on TV and is now the darling of the SLP. Is it possible he can be criminally charged as a result of this report?
    3. There is someone else fingered in the report who regularly communicates with the character in 2 above and is a Judas to Chastanet . He is being protected.

    The people of St Lucia want to see the report.

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  6. me drama me row row

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  7. I could not help but notice the bitterness, anger and hatred that is the visage of the Labour Party parliamentarians except for one.
    As the UWP exposed the incompetence , mismanagement and squandering of these jokers over a 15 year period their utter evil was fixed on their face. Not because they wanted to help the people of St Lucia but because these were now no longer in the seat of power enjoying the perks, prestige and pay of a government side. And their anger is played out daily on social media with their vulgar low class party hacks with their broken English, curse words and NASTINESS.
    That is why they are so intellectually dishonest and fraudulent in their claim of being for the people.
    No - it is about them and what accrues to them as a governing party. Increased crime with over 450 people killed while SLP were in power. $2 Billion in debt. Growth of less than 1% annually. More and more vulgarity.
    The evil and anger is etched on their faces and we cannot wait to reject them in 2021!

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  8. There is one thing I want you to put in your thick black skull......Mr Joseph is not AFRAID of Kenny to the last of the SLP opposition side as stupid as you all my call him he is very very smart trust me.

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  9. New Testament Verse of the Day:

    He fell to his knees, shouting, "Lord, don't charge them with this sin!" And with that, he died.

    –Acts 7:60

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  10. Guy admits to being an instigator .

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  11. I am anxiously waiting to read the report. With all the accusations, both public and private which have been launched against you, it was fitting in my view, to bring this to closure, so that the citizens can move on. Money well spent.

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  12. Big words i hope he sticks to his guns because he was the main minister crying about leaks form government workers.

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  13. "Those lawmakers who become lawbreakers should be jailed’, and I agree with that."

    they should be jailed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. guy is a bad boy they cah nothing with him. one thing he does get his documents to prove his things eh. that is it guy.

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  15. Guy ou pear. Wait for your arrest u teefing coolie

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  16. LMFAO...i eh want to laugh you know. Guy may be a nepotistic lil bastard but hes a damn good politician, if the SLP truly hands over succession to PJP, Guy will have a field day with this guy.

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  17. It that what we are paying these guys to do? Politics in St. Lucia is a load of crap, nonsense, papishow!

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  18. Watch our politics wee

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