PRESS RELEASE – The United Workers Party (UWP) is calling for an independent inquiry into the Lambirds Academy matter which has resulted in the abandonment of educational pursuits by scores of foreign students on the island.
The UWP says whereas the Labour Party Government has indicated that the matter is in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), there are still many questions that have yet to be answered.
The island’s main opposition insists that an independent inquiry should look into the government’s involvement in facilitating the establishment of Lambirds Academy as a bona fide educational institution operating on Saint Lucia.
The UWP notes that the principals in the Lambirds Academy affair, who have been charged with human trafficking, money laundering and fraud, among other crimes, should have had to pass through many levels of governmental scrutiny and a number of government agencies would have been involved in granting permission for the school to
The UWP says the government needs to inform the public about how this situation could have arisen given the processes through which the administrators of Lambird’s Academy would have had to go, and the requirements they would have had to satisfy to be granted the necessary permissions to set up shop on the island.
The party says it is incredulous to think that the people setting up Lambirds Academy could have gone through all the necessary processes with no warning alerts being posted by any of the government agencies involved.
The UWP says the Labour Party government’s handling of a number of questionable developments on the island inspires very little confidence in the administration’s ability to get to the bottom of this matter and put the necessary corrective measures in place to ensure a similar situation does not occur, and hence the need for an independent probe into the matter.