UWP calls for clarification on PM’s decision to assume Emma Hippolyte’s ministerial portfolio

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UWP calls for clarification on PM’s decision to assume Emma Hippolyte’s ministerial portfolio
Former Minister Emma Hippolyte
Minister Emma Hippolyte

The article below is a press release/statement from the United Workers Party (UWP) and NOT St. Lucia News Online

In the August 26, 2013 Extra Ordinary Issue of the Gazette of Saint Lucia, the United Workers Party (UWP) notes that the prime minister of Saint Lucia acted as Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs for the period August 23-28, 2013.

Our information confirms that during that period, the Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs, Hon. Emma Hippolyte was out of state on official business approved by the prime minister.

In fact, based on information from a reliable source in the United States, Minister Hippolyte attended a number of meetings in her capacity as minister with a number of State institutions and organizations.

The United Workers Party is baffled by the need for Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony to assume the office of Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs while Minister Hippolyte was overseas conducting legitimate business in her capacity as minister. It is also important to note that according to our information, Minister Hippolyte was not on vacation or medical leave.

As a result of these perplexed events, the United Workers Party wants the prime minister to provide answers to the following questions:

1. Is it a new policy of this Labour Administration for the prime minister to act as minister for any minister who travels overseas on government business?

2. If the prime minister assumes a minister’s portfolio, does the minister who has travelled have full ministerial responsibilities, authority and privileges while overseas?

3. Do we expect to see the prime minister assume other portfolios when other ministers travel on official government business?

4. Given that this prime minister has not assumed the portfolio of any of his ministers in the past when they travelled on official government business, can he tell us why he found it necessary to act for Emma Hippolyte in this instance or was she technically fired as minister for the period August 23-28, 2013?

We await a response so that Saint Lucians may better understand the policy direction of this administration with respect to the status of government ministers when they travel on official government business.

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  1. Am glad for the current situation. Everything goes documented however petty. Because one side will always accuse the other side but i am watching the actions for nothing is done without cause. By the way the Prime Minister should come to explain why Richard lost his visa cause Wikileaks named him as a friend of the US Embassy at the time, especially in light of some unreported recent developments. Has he lost favor with the Embassy? Why? Remember everything that we do which is bad comes back ten fold. A lie will always be used to cover another lie.

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  2. Seriously, that should be the least of our concern. There are bigger issues to deal with. So what? Isn't he the dam Prime Minister??

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  3. As much as this may have not happened in the past, I just goes to show an administration which has the back of the colleagues and the country at heart. Maybe, just maybe there was an important matter to be dealt with by that portfolio and since she was not in office to deal with it, Mr. Anthony took it up on him as the great leader as he is, to deal with the matter with the best interest of the country and his staff by extension. So UWP.. take a page out of his book, you guys needed that unity among-st you-all selves the last time you guys were in office...

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  4. So was EMMA fired for four days to allow Kenny to sign another gambling deal. Further, if EMMA was fired, then was she transacting business in New York on under false pretense as it is clear she was acting in the capacity of commerce minister when she was actually not.I need to hear more on this.

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  5. I thing the opposition is looking for cheap shots at the current administration, up to now Mr King have not come out to inform the public on the true reason why Richard Visa was revoke, I am sure as the then Prime Minister and Country Leader he was given notice and reasoning.

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  6. It's called making this current administration accountable for ALL their actions. Keep them on their toes. I agree. Please keep the releases coming!

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    • wasn't it pitiful when slp engaged in the same behavior when they were in opposition, calling for civil disobedience for a number of things; the finger print scans for the id cards, the wage increases for the civil servants, at the time the implementation of vat, the crime situation, on and on and on and on for 5 years,if king wiped his ass with the left hand instead of the right slp opposition had a comment about it, slp thought they would get a quiet opposition as they were used to in previous years.

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  7. En lot encore. This Labour Party isnt short of making news. Is there VAT on popcorn as i am in dire need of a supply.

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  8. Is it true he needed to sign a document she refused to sign due to her religious belief? Oh maybe the gambling story again?

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