PM Anthony says gov’t politicians are not involved in appliance handouts

PM Anthony says gov’t politicians are not involved in appliance handouts
Digicel St Lucia’s Country Manager Holly Hughes McNamara and PM presents families with appliance.
Digicel St Lucia’s Country Manager Holly Hughes McNamara and PM presents families with appliance.

A collection of fridges, stoves and washers which were donated to victims of the 2013 Christmas Eve trough has been described as an extraordinary gesture and not one which citizens should expect to be done after every storm or major weather system.

On May 30, 2014, Digicel formally handed over four containers with 200 stoves and 200 fridges, along with 10 washers, to the government for distribution to families whose appliances were damaged during the trough.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, in addressing a short presentation ceremony at the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) office on Friday, said that all the individuals and families chosen to receive these donations were hand-picked by the Red Cross and NEMO personnel based on their need and not politicians.

“Not a single politician was involved in the selection of families to receive these appliances,” he stressed while pointing to similar gestures which he said have been labelled as political.

“I have had nothing to do with it. My cabinet has had nothing to do with it,” he said.

While alluding to the many challenges which some individuals and families faced following the trough and sympathising with them, Dr. Anthony noted that the Friday’s donation should be regarded as special and that citizens should not expect that they will be presented with new stoves and fridges after every storm or weather system.

“Why do I say that? … this is an extrodinary gesture. That it is not a rule of practice into the future that if you have a major storm or disaster that the government will come running and provide fridges and stoves. In other words, there should be no expectations into the future. And by assisting, the government is not saying and cannot say that every time we have a disaster, we’re going to come running and provide fridges and stoves. We have to treat the events on December 2013 as extraordinary as unusual,” he stated.

Some beneficiaries from the communities of Bexon, Anse La Raye and Canaries attended the ceremony to receive the donated items from PM Anthony.

The remaining beneficiaries are being contacted by NEMO to arrange for the distribution of the appliances.

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  1. "Some beneficiaries from the communities of Bexon, Anse La Raye and Canaries attended the ceremony to receive the donated items from PM Anthony...."
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    Doesn't the PM have the affairs of State to run as oppose to handing out donated items? Where is the Red Cross? Where is NEMO?
    It's obvious that Kenny has way too much time on his hand.

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  2. yet agian we see that the PM for St Lucia, his district is Vieux Fort. and where did these donations go to, up north. I am not sayin up north people were not affected, but Vieux Fort was flooded as well.
    Bruceville where mr PM likes to go for votes was under water. and yet not one mention of vieux fort.
    nothing will change

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    • The donated items aren't from Gov't, they're from Digi. Go talk to them if you want free stuff. He was only invited to hand the things out.

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  3. Stop with the negative comments? The PM himself is the one making the negative comments. Why should he say that there should be no expectations from government. So what the PM is suggesting that in the aftermath of a natural disaster don't expect anything. Who is NEGATIVE? Stop with your BS party hack.

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    • Wam There,

      I'm not UWP, SLP, LPM, ONE, PLP, etc, so no, I'm not a party hack. I have spoken for and against SLP, UWP, LPM. I'm being a realist, looking at things from a common sense point. And for your info, I was talking about the negative comments about this issue, not anything else.

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  4. as usual Lucians being dumb. Everything for you'll idiots is politics. Lets take this time to remember the people who lost their lives during the trough and be happy that some of the victims are being presented with appliances. Imagine living without these basic items.

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    • For some ppl, politics will be connect, some way, some how, to any and everything. He gets knocked for being at an event for donating items to ppl affected by the trough, he is chastized. If he wasn't at the event, he would still get chastized by others. it's a no win situation, damn if you do, damn if you don't.

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  5. If this is what you want people to believe, then Doc you should have turned down the invitation to speak or be present at the handing over ceremony

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  6. I do not understand why the PM made that statement nor y is he eluding about the future n gov't providing assitance. They did not assist. It was DIGICEL from what I understand. The only gov't who did not assist their ppl after a hurricane passed wen I ws in Cuba was yur 2001 gov't Kenny. BS Thank god for the Antiguans who shared what their gov't gv them with me. By the time u lv office unemployment will b at 30%.

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  7. ...stop playing tricks Kenny and Tony. This is the WORST PM in St. Lucia's history - WORST

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  8. If some of you with the negative statements chose to read the initial or previous article on this, you would have learnt they already had the names of the people the appliances were supposed to be donated to. So stop with the negative comments.

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    • No Idiot! WE PEOPLE are just irate that Govt't is so deeply involved in a private entity..this violates every known code of ethics ( political/ business/ social)...perhaps may even be considered as corruption especially seeing a Digicel Poster/ banner in Cabinet.

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      • Thanks for the name calling Lion I, computer tough guy. But anyway, where, how, what laws were broken or violated when the PM was present at or handing out items at the donation event? Do you think he would knowing violate any laws by being there? So since you said "deeply involved in a private entity..this violates every known code of ethics ( political/ business/ social)…perhaps may even be considered as corruption", NAME THE CODE OF ETHICS HE VIOLATED?

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        • There is vast difference between being unethical and violating laws. This is all about ETHICS. Do not get involve in private business affairs, it seems bias to the the "small business man". That is all I am saying. Sorry for the name-calling- I really take that one back!

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    • Some St Lucians are so politically biased that they seek to taint everything. Apparently what most people here are suggesting is that Kenny Anthony and his Red Brigade sent a list of names of party supporters who suffered no loss during the trough to benefit from receiving appliances. It therefore amounts to Digicel using its resources so that the government can gain political points, ridiculous. Kenny Anthony whether we like him or not is a politician, and if invited to make the presentation would accept, that's what politicians do. Of course, Lucians like a roro, so the stupidity continues to fester.

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  9. That's our state , it's just sad, I hope the same attitude is adopted across the board..... Striving for a world world without politicians..........

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  10. I'm lost; why is the Government even IN this? They're like a third party in my opinion; couldn't Digicel go directly to NEMO and/or the Red Cross for distribution to victims???

    I highly doubt that no politician had their hand in where those applicances went or are going...

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