Soufriere UWP branch concerned about “conflict” in SRDF

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Soufriere UWP branch concerned about “conflict” in SRDF
Harold Dalson *news.stluciastar.com
Harold Dalson *news.stluciastar.com

The Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques Constituency Branch of the United Workers Party (UWP) has raised questions about what it said is internal conflict within the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF).

In a press statement issued on Thursday, the group said it was concerned that the “ongoing and deteriorating situation” has affected the functions of the organization for more than a year.

The group in its release further directed questions to member of parliament for the area Harold Dalson regarding the management of the foundation.

The entire statement has been republished below:

IS HAROLD DALSON CAUSING MAYHEM AT THE SOUFRIERE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION?

Three Directors resign!

For more than one year, the Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques United Workers Party Constituency Branch has been aware of the internal conflict afflicting the operations of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation. This is a matter that is known to residents of Soufriere as well, who have expressed their concerns through various avenues.

We have remained silent with the hope that the situation would improve. Unfortunately, the situation has deteriorated. The proper functioning of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation is critical to the social, economic and cultural development of Soufriere and its environs.

It is important therefore that the integrity of the Foundation is safeguarded with the best interest of Soufrierians in mind. We are concerned that the ongoing and deteriorating situation has created a quagmire which affects the functioning and effectiveness of the Foundation to positively impact the livelihoods of the residents of Soufriere.

With this in mind, the Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques United Workers Party Constituency Branch therefore calls on the Member of Parliament for Soufriere /Fond St. Jacques, Hon. Harold Dalson, to answer the following questions:

1. Is it true that the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation has been operating for almost two months without a Chairman or Acting Chairman of the Board?

2. Is it true that three Directors of the board including the Chairman have resigned during the last four months?

3. What is the reason for this mass resignation of Directors of the Board?

4. Is it true that you in circa December 2012 requested the resignation of the entire Board of Directors?

5. The Articles of Association of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation clearly mandates the Prime Minister with the responsibility to appoint the Directors of the Board. On what authority did you demand the resignation of the entire Board of Directors circa December 2012?

6. Is it true that there is great discord between certain Directors and the CEO, Mr. Walter Francois?

7. Is it true that you, Hon. Harold Dalson, is primarily responsible for the mayhem at the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation as a result of your insistence on hiring and retaining the CEO in position despite several attempts by the Board of Directors to terminate his services?

The Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques UWP Constituency Branch would like to remind Hon. Harold Dalson of his persistent, unfounded accusations of political interference in the Soufriere Foundation by the former UWP Government when he was in opposition.

Today, it is conspicuously clear for all to see that it was simply a situation of ‘pot calling kettle black’ as Hon. Harold Dalson has immersed himself into the day to day operations of the organization to the point of deciding who is hired and fired.

We, therefore, appeal to Prime Minister Hon. Kenny Anthony, on behalf of the people of Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques and the good governance of the Soufriere Foundation to expeditiously appoint three new Directors to the board and to direct Harold Dalson to stay out of the day to day operations of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation.
We remain vigilant.

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Richard Jean
PRO

 

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  1. I don't think that we need any regional foundation since local government have come on stream. The revenue collected by these foundations should be in the cuffors of National Government. Suppose every district/community decide to form a similar organization, would the revenue collected by National Government be affected? The proof is there that these organizations are the manipulative arms of the incumbent rep.

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  2. I am sure your brothers father uncles boyfriends, cousins look more like Mugabe. at least you see who dalson looks like, but u and your other partner must be looking like apes.

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    • Hey Tara.....What's your price? What are you being paid for your no beuno comments. Did you study stupidity, or inherit it? I think it is inherited.LMAO

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  3. The local Bloods and Crips are at it again. Their followers show no sign of respect for important things. Can you imagine a bridge opening ceremony disrupted by idiots. At least they could have willed themselves to hold up until after the event. Some people are of the opinion that the town representative should not have been there...because he was not in the chain of building the bridge. What utter ignorance! Some people are of the opinion that Chastanet should not have been there. As a citizen he has every right to be there...but not to disrupt the ceremony. Both parties thrive on ignorance to get their dirty deeds done. It seems to me that St. Lucia has a long way to go before it goes over the ignorance hump.

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  4. Most of the time we allow the negative to outweigh the positive, First of all, What kind of leader you think mr chastenet wants to be, He had no right to be there, he was not invited and he should tell his supporte
    rs who was so foolish in believing they can disrupt the ceremony, These people believe that chastenet is for them, He is only using them, At the end of the day is Litten, Eroline and others who underpay and illtreat their workers.
    Now Chastenet claiming to be business man, trust me he will not spend a dime from his pocket. It was the Foundation money, the Taiwanese money, The foundation money that did spend Buying votes from the parais, Plus feeding them with rum and chicken.
    Now also concerning the writer, The uwp group should get their facts strait as to why. Whiles it is true that the final say goes to the prime minister, Mr dalson has a responsibility for his constituency, and if people are given a job and are to work together and they can't, He as the representative has to take the bull by the horn. We,had five years of uwp rule and our people forget what took place under a uwp regime. my, my my.
    After an amost bankrupt litten and eroline They end up with the piece of land opposite cool breeze at fond cacao.

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  5. I guess the reason is because certain directors refuse to investigate the past board members and the alledge mis appropriation of the foundations funds especially writing cheques directly to the chairman for campaign funding for Allen Chastanet in 2011. Maybe the author of the press release can answer those questions.

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  6. Could it be because Allen Chastanet claimed to have changed the roof of the Soufriere Hospital and after he lost he's father sent an invoice to the SRDF for the said roof. Just asking.

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  7. I guess the reason is because certain directors refuse to investigate the past board members and the alledge mis appropriation of the foundations funds especially writing cheques directly to the chairman for campaign funding for Allen Chastanet in 2011. Maybe the author of the press release can answer those questions.

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  8. Sometimes i wonder when will politics stop interfering with st lucians ordinary day to day life...as a soufrierian i have observed that the SRFD has had political conflict for years, and it just keeps growing!! If Soufrerians put aside the politics, and come together to work as a community, i believe that Soufriere will shine and have alot more to offer.

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  9. What is this? All these people keep pasting press conferences that are really annoying! Can you politicians give us real people a break and stop your pandering! Thanks

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  10. Ppl of Soufriere give mr chastnet a time to prove himself cuz hon Mogabe is nun but a Lier. Up to now he can't say wat chastnest said to him to cause da conflict

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    • I was hesitating but look like I am going to have to give those freaking LPM party a chance. How can we endure this kind of roro day in and day out. Don't those people have nothing better to do with their lives????
      Ishay!!!!

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