PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has called for Allen Chastanet to practice what he preaches.
In a letter to the membership of the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and the Chamber of Commerce, the Political Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, has drawn attention to the position of Mrs. Fortuna Belrose as head of the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and Vice President of a regional body.
Dr. Anthony responded to claims made by Allen Chastanet in a March 21, 2016 letter to the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) in which he called for the resignation of Ernest Hilaire as chairman of the Board of the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
Dr. Anthony has described Chastanet’s letter as “malicious” and stated that it contained concocted claims and stated obvious untruths. According to the Political Leader of the SLP, Chastanet’s letter is a crude attempt to damage the Government of Saint Lucia and solicit political support.
In his letter, Chastanet claimed that since Dr. Hilaire will be a candidate for the Saint Lucia Labour Party for the upcoming elections, then there is no doubt that the Labour Party is in control of the CIP, it is not independent and free of political interference.
Dr. Anthony has accused Chastanet of double standards and asks, “What about Fortuna Belrose?” According to Dr. Anthony, whereas the Constitution does not preclude anyone from heading statutory bodies based on political affiliation, one body that should be free from political influence in the National Olympic body. Dr. Anthony wrote,
“In any event, if Mr. Chastanet is correct then why has he not asked Mrs. Fortuna Belrose, the UWP candidate for Castries East, to resign as the President of the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and the Regional Vice President (Caribbean) of the Commonwealth Games Federation? Surely, his own logic would mean that the UWP is in control of the Olympic movement in Saint Lucia and that the decisions of the St Lucia Olympic Committee favour only UWP supporters? If there was ever a body which should be free of political interference and be independent, it is our national Olympic body.”
The Saint Lucia Labour Party therefore calls for the resignation of Mrs. Fortuna Belrose as President of the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee.
The full letter will be released to the public in due course.