Kenny Wants Court To Stop Work In Vieux Fort!
Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, has confirmed that his lawyers have filed a claim in the high court against the Government of Saint Lucia for entering into agreements with Desert Star Holdings Ltd, also well known as DSH.
The claim seeks declarations from the court that the agreements between the Government of Saint Lucia and Desert Star Holdings Ltd are unconstitutional, null and void. The claim also argues that the financial arrangements underpinning the agreements are unlawful as they are in breach of the Finance Administration Act of Saint Lucia, the Citizenship by Investment Act and the Regulations made under the Act. It also seeks declarations that the agreements to grant concessions are irrational and an abuse of the discretionary powers of the Government of Saint Lucia. The court is also asked to order an injunction on the project if it rules in favour of the claimant.
As for his motivations, Dr. Anthony explains: “I have taken this step because I believe that the agreements as presently exist are not in the best interest of my constituents, the neighbouring constituencies of Vieux Fort North and Augier/Laborie and, indeed, the people of Saint Lucia. The agreements will destroy and/or inflict considerable harm on the farmers in my constituency and nearby communities. Already, several cattle farmers have lost their animals because of the indiscriminate removal of fencing protecting grazing grounds by the contractor engaged in preparing the horse racing site. The traditional grazing grounds on the Beausejour site no longer exists. Some farmers have also abandoned their animals and their crops as a direct result of the actions of the government.
“It is irrational to deactivate a just completed meat processing facility which was a gift from a foreign government at a cost of approximately EC$24 million, the location of which was once held to be strategic to cater for the needs of the farmers in the immediate and surrounding communities.”
Dr. Anthony states further that he “cannot accept that the site which accommodates the National Stadium should be yielded to DSH. The proposed method of financing the proposed development is outrageous and an abuse of the goodwill of the people of Saint Lucia. These agreements are not, in my view, in the interest of my constituents and indeed the people of Saint Lucia. As I have said before, I will oppose these agreements with every ounce of strength that I have.”
Dr. Anthony is represented by Anthony Astaphan SC and Mr. Leslie Mondesir of the chambers of Mondesir, Pierre and Associates.
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