PRESS RELEASE – The UnitedPac is appalled at a decision taken by the Chamber of Commerce to invite former UK High Commissioner, Ernest Hillaire to speak at its renowned function while he is at the center of an ongoing national and international scandal.
You would think that such a respectable and reputable organization would distance itself from the Walid Juffali scandal and anyone associated with it until the nation receives satisfactory answers from the authority. Are we to believe that the Chamber of Commerce is satisfied with the answers given by the government and Ernest Hillaire? Are they okay with the secrecy and all the suspicions, which were involved in appointing Walid Juffali as an ambassador?
It appears that the appointment of Ernest Hillaire to deliver the keynote address at their function indicates an endorsement of an unethical decision taken by Hillaire and the government to appoint someone who has no ties to St. Lucia and clearly has no qualifications to represent St. Lucia’s interest at the Maritime Organization. Furthermore, the Chamber is indirectly saying that if there were any irregularities with the appointment of Juffali, it was ‘okay.’
UnitedPac is therefore advising the Chamber of Commerce to do the honorable thing and distance itself from this embarrassing scandal and anyone associated with it.
That includes Ernest Hillaire. Instead, the Chamber of Commerce should join its voice with St. Lucians and demand that the Government put an end to this embarrassing scandal by rescinding the appointment of Walid Juffali.