Guy Mayers, the former High Commissioner to London, returned home last weekend with his wife, his daughter-in-law, and brood of four children, two of them his grand. They all returned home, courtesy of the Saint Lucian taxpayers.
From all reports coming out of London, Guy Mayers had enjoyed four-and-a-half years of luxury and extravagance as Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner, with little to show for it. All conventions seemed to have been broken to support his newly acquired lifestyle. While the foreign service orders allow for a maximum of four dependents, he had six: his wife, his son and wife, two grandchildren, and his adopted daughter. At their exclusive disposal were three high-end vehicles, the last addition a 7-seater Mercedes Benz with TV screens costing £83,000.
During his four-and-a-half-year stint, he had changed residence no less than three times, eventually settling for a six-bedroom, with two carports in the stock-broker belt of Surrey. In the course of moving residences, the High Commission had forfeited deposits on the properties because of poor upkeep.
Saint Lucia’s High Commission is easily the most expensive overseas mission without Mayers’ extravagance, and he sure made it a very expensive overseas posting for the government and people of Saint Lucia. Interestingly, his contract ended on 26th July 2021, the day of the last general elections.
Now that he is back to his humble abode in Reduit, there are new challenges for him. He must be wishing that the Minister responsible for Invest Saint Lucia is not the one he went after in earnest to seize a vehicle, which Mayers along with his leader, Allen Chastanet, claimed belong to the High Commission. Invest Saint Lucia is the government agency responsible for leasing factory shells in the industrial estates, including the Bisee Industrial Estate. Let us hope there are no eye-popping arrears on any lease of which he or his company is the lessee.