In an apparent attempt to denigrate the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) for its resistance to the government’s plan to establish a new border control agency, Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has, by accident or design, exposed deplorable working conditions, infrastructure, organisational layout and multiple security loopholes at the Hewanorra international airport (HIA) and, by extension, the country as a whole.
In a somewhat agitated appearance at a press conference last week, the prime minister announced an abrupt about-face to previous denials of the existence of a Cabinet conclusion that authorised the “establishment of the Saint Lucia Border Management Authority as a Statutory Corporation”, which he and other government ministers had previously stated did not exist in the first place, claiming that he “misspoke”.
“Of course I would say I misspoke,” Chastanet said in announcing the revocation of the previously nonexistent Cabinet Conclusion 247 of 16th April 2018.
After vigorous pushback from the CSA and two days of ‘sick-out’ by Customs officers, in a testy exchange with local reporters Chastanet doubled down on the setting up of the controversial border control unit.
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