Prime Minister Allen Chastanet back from vacation has for the first time, addressed the resignation of ex-Senator and Minister with Responsibility for Agriculture Jimmy Henry during the weekly pre-Cabinet press briefing on August 7.
Prime Minister Chastanet applauded the efforts of the ex-Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture since coming into Office in 2016.
“…he was doing an amazing job…”
Controversy has clouded the first time Minister’s resignation in recent weeks. The Cabinet shake-up came less than seven  days after former government Minister Richard Frederick alleged during a July 6th, live talk show broadcast that Jimmy Henry fell in the crosshairs of a cross border investigation that reportedly involved Barbadian law enforcement agencies.
Frederick alleged that Henry was intercepted by Saint Lucian authorities at the George F.L Charles Airport who were reportedly acting on intelligence obtained from surveillance that may have included monitored communications.
Local authorities have vehemently denied these claims.
Henry was reportedly carrying a significant sum of cash and was returning from Barbados at the time he was detained and searched at the airport.
The ex-Minister issued an official statement addressing the controversy on July 11 in which he pointed to “personal reasons” as the main cause of his resignation.
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Acting Commissioner of Police and Home Affairs Minister Senator Hermangild Francis both denied having knowledge of a probe involving the government Minister.