Kenny Wants Court To Stop Work In Vieux Fort!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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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