Questions raised over St Lucia PM’s selection of attache

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Questions raised over St Lucia PM’s selection of attache
Therold Prudent – LPM Political leader
Therold Prudent – LPM Political leader

Leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) Therold Prudent has questioned the decision of Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony to appoint Calixte George Jr. as his administrative attaché.

This position is in addition to that of press secretary.

“At a time when Dr. Anthony is pleading with the nation to understand the financial predicament we are in and facing questions about waste and inefficiency in government, coupled with persistent criticisms about his inability to create new jobs in the country, it may not have been a wise decision to appoint Mr George, a trained engineer by profession, as a political attaché in his office,” Prudent said.

Prudent acknowledged the authority of a prime minister to select a team that he deems best qualified to help him carry out the responsibilities of governing the nation is a right that no one should question.

“However, the judgment that a prime minister exercises in the selection of these individuals, including his understanding of whether an appointment is a priority and whether it will contribute to the good of our nation, should be questioned by the citizens of this country,” he added.

Prudent went on to say that, while the LPM refuses to engage in what he referred to as the futile blame-game regarding what party is most responsible for inflating successive governments with political appointees, it will never shy away from having a more substantive debate on whether appointments are warranted and add value to the efforts of government to deliver on its promises to the people of Saint Lucia.

“The LPM would have been very supportive of Dr. Anthony had he demonstrated the foresight to make better use of Mr. George’s training and skills as an electrical and computer engineer by employing him within the Ministry of Public Service, sustainable development, energy, science and technology,” Prudent said.

“Perhaps he could have even been given the responsibility of heading a special unit within that ministry, specifically devoted to uncovering advances in geothermal and solar energy technologies that could lower the cost of powering government offices, private homes and businesses, playgrounds, and streets, thus revolutionizing an energy brand on the island, that would generate thousands of new and sustainable jobs,” he added.

According to Prudent, not only would this have signalled to young people that their government was serious about investing in their skills to advance the development of the country, but it could also have been a political appointment that Anthony would not have to justify in terms of it being of net value to the country.

“Here you have a young man who graduated from he University of the West Indies at St Augustine, Trinidad, and served as a past secretary of the Guilds of Students (Engineering Students Society); however, our prime minster, who professes to have a vision for the development of the country, neglected to embrace the mission statement of Mr. George’s alma mater, which is to produce engineers who are trained in supporting Caribbean business, industry and infrastructure and to help propel innovation in the region,” he said.

The LPM leader also lamented the inability of the Anthony administration to prioritize tackling the challenges in science and technology that will benefit the country in the near future.

“Good governance includes having the vision and ability to inspire your citizens to greatness,” Prudent concluded.

 

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  1. Therold stop complaining u left the USA to stand on a podium in support of Kenny. So are u surprise? Looshans are we surprise? Better Days Are Here.

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  2. Good post but Mr Prudent does not have his facts correct or he just wants to mislead the public. As far as I can recall the post of 'administrative attaché' has been there for at least 2 decades now. Both the SLP and UWP have filled such post during the tenure. I do believe Mr Prudent is fully aware of such a post since he was once a supporter of the SLP during Dr Kenny's 1st term in office. I am also aware that Mr George has been the 'attaché' for some months now... I thick not to long after the SLP won the last election. Then again 'St Lucia News Online' can prove me wrong if he is a journalist. Thus far I’m impressed with Mr Prudent’s style of politics 75% of the time. There are just times like this post when the 25% I’m not impress with comes in play since the facts about the appointment of Mr George as 'administrative attaché' is incorrect… hope he man up and come out to clear the air on this one. All the best Mr Prudent

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  3. Good post but Mr Prudent does not have his facts correct or he just wants to mislead the public. As far as I can recall the post of 'administrative attaché' has been there for at least 2 decades now. Both the SLP and UWP have filled such post during the tenure. I do believe Mr Prudent is fully aware of such a post since he was once a supporter of the SLP during Dr Kenny's 1st term in office. I am also aware that Mr George has been the 'attaché' for some months now... I thick not to long after the SLP won the last election. Then again 'St Lucia News Online' can prove me wrong if he is a journalist. Thus far I’m impressed with Mr Prudent’s style of politics 75% of the time. There are just times like this post when the 25% I’m not impress with comes in play since the facts about the appointment of Mr George as 'administrative attaché' is incorrect… hope he man up and come out to clear the air on this one. All the best Mr Prudent.

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  4. What qe all don't understand is kenny aint give a shit. He is well off, invested that 100000 well getting a double salary pension and current and he know he aint running again. When he first came in I was happy, here is a brilliant mind that would move us forward. But what a disappointment. Its like his brain cell went dead. Not a fan of jn pierre but believe he would have done a better job. He worked hard for this country he should have been given that chance but I guess he didn't have that phd lol. The country is being run by a mad scientist

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  5. i commend Mr.Prudent, well said I think it is high time we put our political differences aside and starting thinking about what's best for our sweet little island, otherwise she will be plagued with too many ills, that we may not be able to deal with. At the end of the day we are all St. Lucians we have our children's futures to safeguard speak up now stand for what you believe is right

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  6. Prudent usually raises some good questions and in this case he seemed to have done "some" research but just from reading newspapers I know that Mr George has been involved a lot more than just the UWI students guild. One example in his involvement in National Trust. None the less it would be interesting to see his full resume.... However I do support giving young people a chance.

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  7. Well said Prudent. It's time St. Lucia's prime minister take action and make the changes necessary to cut the country's operation cost. He seems to think that squeezing the island's human resource is the way to go but he needs to re-think that position and focus instead on getting rid of unnecessary spending and hiring of friends and supporters. Why are we in this technological age still spending huge sums on travel and telephone bills when there's Skype and other similar VoIP technologies. Why does the government see it necessary to replace computers, furniture and other office equipment that are useable and still in good condition? Why the useless spending. I would have been extremely happy if I heard that a consultant was hired to look into this instead of the useless hiring taking place.

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  8. I will tell you part of his job will be to read all the post on SNO and try to find a way to know who are the real neames behind them it may sound funny but kenny is very spitefull and petty and i believe he can go that low believe me.

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