UWP Po­lit­i­cal Leader Re­leases Face­book State­ment

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On Thurs­day the United Work­ers Party re­leased a press state­ment in re­sponse to al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of UWP po­lit­i­cal leader Allen Chas­tanet’s aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions. An email was also mak­ing the rounds on so­cial media pur­port­ing to be from a Univer­sity Chas­tanet had at­tended.

In the press re­lease the UWP stated that it had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion on a let­ter cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial media, which at first glance would ap­pear to be from the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Washington DC.

“The let­ter dated June 17th 2015 is re­spond­ing to an ap­par­ent re­quest made by email on that same day, by UWP Chair­man Sen­a­tor Ezechiel Joseph to Amer­i­can Univer­sity en­quir­ing on the records and cre­den­tials of for­mer stu­dent Allen Chas­tanet. This in­for­ma­tion has also been used on Ra­dio St. Lu­cia for the ex­press pur­pose of po­lit­i­cal gain by Shel­ton Daniel on his morn­ing pro­gramme of July 28th 2015,” the re­lease bear­ing the name of party com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­ager Lionel El­lis read.

“No such re­quest was made by the Chair­man,” the state­ment said adding “the cir­cu­lated is now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the univer­sity since the let­ter con­tains the logo and the name of one of its di­rec­tors.”

Ac­cord­ing to the UWP, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has in hand a let­ter dated June 26th 2015 from the Co­or­di­na­tor for De­gree Clear­ance in­di­cat­ing that Mr. Allen Chas­tanet has earned a Master of Arts de­gree in De­vel­op­ment Bank­ing at Amer­i­can Univer­sity. His grad­u­a­tion date was May 13th 1990. That let­ter has since been for­warded to the media. That same evening Allen Chas­tanet took to his Faceook page in an at­tempt to also clear the air. “In light of the new de­vel­op­ments sur­round­ing the is­sue of my cre­den­tials, and the fact that St. Lu­cia’s name is be­ing tar­nished in the process by well-known po­lit­i­cal groups in this coun­try, I have de­cided to make avail­able for online scru­tiny, a copy of my cer­tifi­cate from Bishop’s Univer­sity,” the state­ment on his page reads. “Yesterday, I re­leased a let­ter from Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Washington con­firm­ing that I had at­tended and ob­tained a Master of Arts De­gree. I am cur­rently off is­land but upon my re­turn, I will make avail­able both cer­tifi­cates to the media,” it added.

“It is heart break­ing that per­sons would go to great lengths to com­mit fraud - a crim­i­nal act, just to dis­credit me. It shows the true char­ac­ter of these in­di­vid­u­als and if they are given a sec­ond chance in of­fice, who knows what else they will do in or­der to have their way. St. Lu­cia’s name will once again be in the in­ter­na­tional media if and when Amer­i­can Univer­sity de­cides to pur­sue le­gal ac­tion. It is all be­cause of des­per­ate politi­cians and their sup­port­ers,” he went on to say.

UWP Po­lit­i­cal Leader Allen Chas­tanet.

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