By Caribbean News Global contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia – In the unfolding Hermangild’s pandora’s box former prime minister and member of parliament for Vieux-Fort South, Dr Kenny D. Anthony, has found it necessary to retort ‘a clueless and incompetent minister of justice’ of the current administration in reference to recent utterances.
In a statement Friday, the former prime minister noted that “on May 26, 2021, DBS Television carried a response from Hermangild Francis following criticisms [by Dr Kenny D. Anthony] of the spiraling homicides and the helplessness of the government to fighting crime.
According to Dr Anthony, the response by Senator Hermangild Francis is disingenuous and is typical of a failure, of a person who could not meet the expectations of an office gifted to him.
The following is Dr Anthony’s statement:
“Firstly, Hermangild Francis and the government of which he is part, promised the police officers that within six months in office, the fall-out from Impacs Report would disappear. Five years on, this has not happened. Now he must find a scapegoat for misleading the public, members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and their families, for his lies and incompetence.
“Did he not know that when he made his promises to police officers that, to use his own words, “it’s not an easy thing to remove the Leahy Law on any country that it has been imposed.”?
“Secondly, Hermangild Francis claims that I did not pass on a letter to the current prime minister, sent to me by the United States government informing me “as to the reasons why the Leahy Law was imposed on us”. Clearly, something must be wrong with Hermangild Francis. Everyone else knows that the Leahy Law was imposed allegedly because the United States believed that security personnel in Saint Lucia committed acts of extrajudicial killings, whether factual or not.
“How much more disingenuous can Hermangild Francis get, if he does not know why the Leahy Law was imposed”?
Dr Anthony continued: “It is a serious matter to accuse a former minister of hiding official correspondence. But what is worse is that Hermangild Francis had every opportunity to show me up. Surely, all he and his prime minister have to do is to ask the United States government for a copy of the alleged letter.
“Hermangild Francis has been a monumental failure. He is a classic example of a square peg in a round hole. This is what happens when, for political reward, we decorate incompetency and betrayal with ministerial office,” Dr Anthony concluded.