On Friday, January 7, a former Labour MP David Chaytor became the first person to be jailed over the Westminster expenses scandal.
Mr Chaytor was sentenced to 18 months after admitting he forged tenancy documents and invoices to falsely claim more than £22,000 of taxpayers' money for rent and IT work from the Commons authorities.
From all indications, St. Lucia has parallel but deeper problems. But will St. Lucia go the UK way and jail ministers and their accessories in the Ministry of Finance and the town, village and city councils who blatantly violate the laws of St. Lucia?
The latest “Wikileaks-type” news coming out raises damning allegations against a relatively new top government official who is receiving a substantial amount of funds and support via a local government authority. It is alleged that those funds are going towards the construction of his/her home.
We call on the offices of the attorney general – who is the “La Casas” of our laws - to immediately investigate this matter and take the appropriate legal action against the offender.
We also call on the AG and the Director of Finance to investigate state contributions from the Governments of Portugal and Morocco to the people of St. Lucia which are being funneled into the accounts of village councils for funding constituency projects by district reps.
The MP for Choiseul reported on his website that the village council received $850,000 for the construction of a “mini-stadium”. The website also reported that he received US$30,000 for that same purpose.