STATEMENT – The United Workers’ Party is outraged that the Kenny Anthony Government would sully the name of St. Lucia in the diplomatic arena by the appointment of someone to a post for which he has no known qualifications.
While we hold no personal animosity towards Dr. Juffali, and we welcome his interest in St. Lucia, this country’s diplomatic postings must not be traded for any reason.
What is the reason for the change to the longstanding policy and practice of the UK High Commissioner representing St. Lucia at the International Maritime Organisation, headquartered in London?
If Dr. Juffali wishes to invest in St. Lucia it must be on the basis of a genuine return on investment. There can be no ‘quid pro quo’ for diplomatic status. This is the type of behavior that scares off legitimate investors and makes a laughing stock of St. Lucia in the world’s financial capitals.
Furthermore, according to a UK newspaper report quoting Mark Stephens, a former president of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association, “If this was a genuine appointment, there’s a tradition of the government concerned waiving that immunity so the person can be subject to justice. What I find astonishing is that it hasn’t happened in this case immediately. That only raises questions over what the government of St Lucia is doing in effectively colluding in avoiding the rule of law.”
In light of the negative image of St. Lucia this matter is attracting, we urge the Government to thank Dr. Juffali for his service and terminate his appointment with immediate effect.