An opposition member of parliament in St Lucia has criticised the government for the way they’re treating cattle farmers as part of the Desert Star Holdings project.
Kenny D Anthony, St Lucia Labour Party MP for Vieux Fort South, said the behaviour was “illegal, outrageous and totally unacceptable.”
According to Anthony, the contractor who was engaged – which be believes was by the government of Saint Lucia – to carry out road works ostensibly for re-directing traffic, destroyed “without notice, lawful authority or consultation” part of the fence which protected their cattle from roaming on nearby roads and the airport perimeter.
The contractor also destroyed a pond from which the animals secured drinking water, he added.
As a result of these actions, some of the animals roamed freely causing damage to nearby property.
WIC News understands that neither the St Lucia government or the previous landowners – Invest St Lucia – discussed the matter with farmers in the area.
The land has been used for farming for several years. The previous St Lucia Labour Party government financed the construction of a portion of the fencing in order to contain the cattle.