HAS KENNY LOST HIS MAR­BLES?

He has no mem­ory of the Christ­mas­time crim­i­nals or the ID-Card law he en­acted. Now it’s the latest un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures . . .

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Wayne

On the evening of Sun­day, 8 March 2015—with the os­ten­si­ble back­ing of a team of im­ported in­ves­ti­ga­tors com­pris­ing “a cy­ber-crime an­a­lyst, de­tec­tives, a bal­lis­tic ex­pert, a data en­try spe­cial­ist and a le­gal ad­vi­sor”—a suit­ably solemn prime min­is­ter Kenny An­thony re­vealed to a lo­cal au­di­ence and oth­ers else­where via the In­ter­net that “the crime prob­lem in Saint Lu­cia is fa­cil­i­tated by cor­rupt politi­cians, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, busi­ness per­sons and po­lice of­fi­cers.”

It re­mains con­jec­tural the full im­pact of the prime min­is­ter’s words on trust­ing Saint Lu­cian hearts the world over. As if the ev­i­dent ic­ing of the IMPACS re­port were not al­ready more than enough cause for pause, last Fri­day the Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Se­nate, Mr. Claudius Fran­cis, cos­tumed for tit­il­lat­ing show busi­ness, planted in the na­tion’s para­noiac psy­che a tick­ing time bomb that most lo­cal jour­nal­ists con­sid­ered too dan­ger­ous to tackle.

Of course, there were those in the media, so­cial and unso­cial, all with their own self-serv­ing takes on what Fran­cis, via his Straight Up show, de­liv­ered. In part: “Two Sun­days ago, two se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers and a cou­ple oth­ers met with a cer­tain busi­ness­man, gave him cer­tain in­for­ma­tion, planted sto­ries about Ver­non Fran­cois be­ing bought out for five mil­lion dol­lars. The po­lice sur­rep­ti­tiously ob­tained search war­rants . . . these are not peo­ple who’ve killed peo­ple, or done any­thing . . . they run gov­ern­ment min­istries. They [po­lice] en­tered Robert Lewis’ and Emma Hip­polyte’s of­fices, en­tered In­vest Saint Lu­cia, and while at In­vest Saint Lu­cia one of the po­lice of­fi­cers, us­ing the F-word no less, told a com­puter op­er­a­tor—us­ing the F-word— ’When you see we fin­ish with y’all, Kenny and all of you goin’ down.’” Yes, go­ing down! Ad­di­tion­ally: “Some­body told them the Labour Party had re­ceived a cam­paign do­na­tion from AIMU [Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity] dur­ing its elec­tion cam­paign. And they said, ‘aha,’ be­cause Kenny An­thony had been a lec­turer at the univer­sity for one se­mes­ter around 2007. You know, when you think you have some­body, a eureka mo­ment? That’s what some cops thought they had. So they ex­e­cuted a war­rant on the man’s premises, took away all kinds of com­put­ers, took away checks from a mil­lion years ago . . . But they’re not say­ing they found checks to the United Work­ers Party . . . All they’re in­ter­ested in is Op­er­a­tion Re­move Kenny An­thony.”

How do the po­lice “re­move” the prime min­is­ter? It’s not clear, at this point, and doubt­less there will be dan­ger­ous IMPACS-re­lated spec­u­la­tions!

Fran­cis went on, while fin­ger­ing pa­per that may or may not have been letters and checks—pos­si­ble po­lice ex­hibits: “Nowhere in the world does a po­lice force have the power that the po­lice force ex­er­cised last week, when it wrote Alv­ina Reynolds, the min­is­ter for health, in­struct­ing her, Alv­ina Reynolds, to close down AIMU. I re­peat: the RSLPF, as­sum­ing unto it­self a power that no po­lice force in the world has, wrote to the health min­is­ter Alv­ina Reynolds de­mand­ing that she shut down AIMU. And here was I think­ing we are a demo­cratic coun­try . . . that when you are charged you re­main in­no­cent un­til proven guilty. But our po­lice force, cer­tain seg­ments within the CID, and at least two other peo­ple of high-rank­ing pro­file, have de­cided he [AIMU’s CEO] is guilty.”

Fran­cis as­sured Straight Up lis­ten­ers that the prime min­is­ter was well aware of the plot in­volv­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and lo­cal busi­ness­men and he was “wait­ing to see what he does about it.” He also chal­lenged skep­tics to prove wrong any­thing he had said, in which case he would hand “Kenny An­thony my res­ig­na­tion from the se­nate.”

On Thurs­day the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice is­sued a press re­lease as con­fir­ma­tion “that the state­ments by Sen­a­tor Claudius Fran­cis are not in­con­sis­tent with in­for­ma­tion which has reached him [Dr. An­thony].”

It is worth not­ing that while Fran­cis has per­sis­tently warned lis­ten­ers to his show that his re­marks while host­ing Straight

Up should never be con­strued as com­ing from the mouth of the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, the re­sponse from the PM’s of­fice says the pre­cise op­po­site!

The prime min­is­ter was re­ported as say­ing: “I have lis­tened to mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion call­ing for the res­ig­na­tion of Sen­a­tor Claudius Fran­cis re­gard­ing state­ments made on his talk show on Fri­day, 18 Septem­ber 2015. As I stated dur­ing an in­ter­view on MBC Tele­vi­sion on Mon­day 21 Septem­ber, I was aware of the sit­u­a­tion even prior to Sen­a­tor Fran­cis’ ut­ter­ances. There was noth­ing in Sen­a­tor Fran­cis’ state­ments which are (sic) in­con­sis­tent with the in­for­ma­tion which had reached me pre­vi­ously. The is­sues . . . in­volve a small mi­nor­ity of po­lice of­fi­cers bent

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