By Caribbean News Now contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Attorney General’s Chambers in Saint Lucia has filed a civil action against former tourism minister Allen Chastanet, alleging conduct amounting to a “breach of his fiduciary duties as a minister of government, in bad faith and/or constitutes misfeasance in public office”.
According to the statement of claim, Chastanet while a minister of government and United Workers Party (UWP) candidate requested the sum of $38,119 of public funds from the Soufriere Town Council for the unlawful purpose of a campaign and political event for his personal and political benefit or the benefit of his political party.
It further claims that Chastanet knew or ought to have known or was recklessly indifferent that the conduct in question was unlawful.
Chastanet, who is the recently elected political leader of the opposition UWP, has also been coming under fire in relation to apparent divisions within his own party following his ouster of former leader Stephenson King.
King, however, remains leader of the parliamentary opposition because Chastanet – an appointed senator in the last government -- has no seat in parliament.
In a press statement, the UWP accused the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration of using the outcome of a questionable audit as a tool for political mischief.
“It is evident by these actions that the Labour Party administration is intending to diminish the ability of Mr Chastanet and the main opposition to challenge the government on critical issues pertaining to the plight of the citizens,” the statement said.
The party said that Chastanet and the UWP will not be intimidated by the government’s scare tactics, and will relentlessly pursue and point out the failures of this government on behalf of the people of Saint Lucia.