Richard Frederick is wondering if PM Chastanet is taking revenge on the south

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Richard Frederick is wondering if PM Chastanet is taking revenge on the south
Frederick at a townhall meeting. * File photo
Frederick at the townhall meeting.

“Let’s stop talking and show some action”, “It’s time for a revolution”, “Chastanet is instigating violence by what he is doing,” and “DSH must go”, were some of the anguish cries by attendees at a townhall meeting in Vieux-Fort, which was organised by Pride St. Lucia and the Vieux-Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VFCCCC).

The objective of the meeting, which was held at the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC) in Vieux-Fort on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 was to explain the negative impact of the Desert Star Holding (DSH) project to residents of the south, and by extension the entire island.

The speakers were knowledgeable professionals from various industries.

The meeting was charged with emotion as participants expressed their concerns with venom in their voices.

Attendees

In his presentation, in which he did not mince words, former government minister and talk show host, Richard Frederick declared “Revolution must come…” which triggered a thunderous applause from the already fired-up participants. He said he is wondering whether Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is targeting the south.

“I am asking myself whether he is revenging Vieux-Fort for some reason or the other…” Frederick said.

He lamented that after spending close to a million dollars on a technical audit on the St. Jude Hospital, Chastanet now wants to do a financial audit on it.

Commenting on the vexing issue of the planned relocation of the meat processing plant in Vieux-Fort, Frederick said: “I am betting my bottom dollar that if and when it is demolished, relocation will not be on the same site…”.
Frederick said Chastanet is doing things in a way to please Theo Ah Khing of DSH.

He had the audience in awe when he said: “I will tell you something which I learnt only today (Wednesday)… the Hon. prime minister intends to hand over both the Owen King Hospital and the St. Jude Hospital to the operators of the hospital in the Cayman Islands.”

This he lamented will place local doctors on the breadline because the operators of the Cayman Islands Hospital have their own conglomerate of doctors.

As it relates to the sale of 259 St. Lucian passports, he said the current administration has not done what the law dictates.

“The law dictates that those names be published and tabled in Parliament. That has not been done…,’ Frederick said.

Keith Mondesir, a former Minister of Health in the current administration, said that he is not against the development of the DSH project, but is against the management of it.

Keith Mondesir

He called on the government to listen to the experts before taking any decision on the project, which earned him a nod of approval from the gathering, which comprised of a large cross-section of the southern community. But moments later he was given a nod of disapproval when he said: “What I would advise the government if I was in Cabinet… I would let this gentleman take the land in stages.”

“No stages, no stages…” was the response from the animated audience.

Mondesir said the developer has not given the government any commitment in writing that he would provide the money to relocate the meat processing plant, adding that the government needs to have a solid commitment from him.

”The meat processing plant as I speak is ready to go as of tomorrow…” Mondesir said.

According to him, the government has not provided any scientific evidence to prove that the meat processing plant needs to be relocated.

“I have spoken to scientists and biologists… and they feel that we don’t have to remove the abattoir,” Mondesir said.

Among the other speakers were Monty Maxwell, who spoke on the effects the project has on the mangrove, Marc St. Rose (fisheries), Patrick John (agriculture) Austina Fanus (patrimony) Marie Felix (environment) and Mark Hennecart (DSH design).

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50 COMMENTS

  1. By the ignorance in the comments you can tell it's all UWP HACKS>>>>> They talk the most crap!
    Now red arrow away fools!

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    • You have not got your ganja yet so that you get inspired to see Nirvana instead of speeding car coming at you?

      Go and smoke some more ganja. It will 'clear' your foggy head a lot more. Idiot.

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  2. I hope that Chastanet takes a page from Compton book and goes on to fulfill his own vision. If the SLP believes that Compton was the father of the Nation and did many great things for the country how comes the SLP always vehemently opposed those things?

    The position held by the SLP is redundant as there will always be constraints, and ideas not properly articulated in all such projects. The proposition that all matters dealing with DSH should be publicized is almost ridiculous. A lot of the details of projects of this magnitude are ironed out as the parties proceed and are usually left to be negotiated. However, the parties must contract to ensure commitment to the project, and that, the SLP must allow instead of exhibiting an immature behavior. I sincerely believe that this disruption is primarily to save the face of Dr. Anthony. meanwhile, I think the SLNT's Board should be dissolved because one arm of government cannot be opposing the actions of Government in public, that's a conflict of interest. The SLNT was designed to support and advise government' s conservation mandate, advocate to its membership and the public an awareness and the importance of preserving heritage but never to publicly and openly oppose government policy. If the Trust has an issue with a project there is an avenue for them to consult government as a government department cannot override the decisions of Cabinet.

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  3. This thing about "give the man a chance" is BS.If something isn't right we must address it.Im all for development,but let's not sell our Sovereignty.

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  4. Another rogue dinosaur in our political life. We are cursed with so many of these. They keep on pouring from our ears.

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  5. Why don't old politicians retire completely, silently and entirely after the voting public
    have told them, enough is enough. Isn't there a better life after the hustle of politics?

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  6. The country would be much better of if he were to just wander, instead wonder. Now we are very much worse off as he wonders. I wish the US would help us further with this nuisance.

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  7. Richerd we luv you ..hate by a few. becus you bringing out the truth and it hurting some ppl..continue the gud works bro some of them will soon come to there senses

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  8. My dear St lucian please wake up and don`t be lead astray by these hungry soop drinkers. Tellthem u are smart now not like 20 years ago, you are educated and can make decisions. The concerned citizen where were u all this many years and sudden you arise, but who will listen to u because u are are hackers of the opposition

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  9. Dear Mr.Chasternet how come we have (259 Citizen By Investments) people with Lucian passports an less than 2% of that number create work for us Lucians, it's 2yrs plus now that program in effect an a lot of us still eh have jobs so what u make these people citizens for, an y they buy Lucian passports an i eh see or hear most of them open any businesses yet, i did the math d answer i getting is (259 Citizens By Investments) should equal zero or close to zero unemployment in St.Lucia BUT I STILL EH WORKING WOOOW.

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  10. My people please listen to Fredrick carefully and ask ur self if 259 citizens by investment people get passports already and they supposed to be investors where Is d investments they have brought to SLU coz 259 investments should be more than enough for every Lucian to have a job think of that b4 we crucifie Richards.

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  11. I know there is a saying tht goes not what your country can do for u but what u can do for your country but Richard is trying so hard to distroy this country

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  12. Is it me or are all the speakers SLP affiliates? I remember them clear from the days of St Lucians aiming for progress facebook group.

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  13. Richard u remember what kenny Antonie said when u first enter into politics "u are the worst thing that has happen to the politics of st lucia well my brother u are just proving that statment its purpose .U Richard has divided this country and u hve no shame in doing this.

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