Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – A commission of inquiry has been duly
issued (under the Commission of Inquiry Act, Cap. 17.03) by Her Excellency Dame
Pearlette Louisy, and three commissioners appointed. The Commissioners who will
be sworn in later today at Government House, are Sir Fenton Ramsahoye, Mustapha,
Ibrahim. (Esquire.) and John Reginald, Phelps, Dumas. (Esquire.)
The Commission shall commence its inquiry from its first sitting to be held
today, Wednesday 25th of February, 2009, to the 12th of March, 2009, at the
House of Assembly, in the city of Castries from 9:30a.m.
The terms of reference of the commission are as follows:
- To investigate the execution and administration of Road Development
Projects (RDP) 001 and 002 undertaken by and on behalf of the Government of
- To investigate the administration of the affairs of the National
Conservation Authority (NCA) pursuant to its statutory powers during the
period April 2000 to December 2004;
- To investigate the financial involvement of the Government of Saint
Lucia in relation to payment of US$17,092,350 to the Royal Merchant Bank of
Trinidad and Tobago to satisfy debts owed by Frenwell Limited.
- To investigate any losses suffered by the Government of Saint Lucia in
relation to payments and/or expenditure concerning the matters specified and
referred to at (1) and (3) above.
- To inquire into any losses suffered by the National Conservation
Authority as a result of faults in administration in the period referred to
in respect of the matters specified at (2) above.
- To investigate whether any losses identified were the result of breaches
of the civil and/or criminal law.
- To investigate whether any losses suffered may may be recoverable in
- To investigate whether in relation to numbers (1), (2) and (3) above
there is or may be criminal liability which may be the subject of
prosecution in the criminal courts and
- To consider the conduct of persons concerned in the above matters under
reference to determine whether they performed their duties and fulfilled
their obligations in a manner which was lawful and proper.