The ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) is questioning the financing of the main opposition New Democratic Party’s (NDP) headquarters, which was built more than 20 years ago.
Prime Minister and Political Leader of the ULP, Ralph Gonsalves, and ULP General Secretary, Sen. Julian Francis, raised the questions on Wednesday as the ULP announced that it has purchased its headquarters building for EC$1.2 million.
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The party rented the building, located at Murray’s Road, for 10 years.
It failed to pay rent between 2011 and March 2015 amassing EC$100,000 in arrears and triggering an eviction notice.
“Inside of this property, there is not one nail, not one tile, not one louvres, not one piece of galvanise or lumber or concrete which has come by way of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Gonsalves told a press conference called to announce the purchase.
“I would like the leadership of the NDP to make such a declaration in relation to their headquarters and I invite them so to make it,” he said of the NDP’s headquarters, Democrat House, which, like the ULP’s main office, Labour House, is located on Murray’s Road.
Francis said questions were raised during the construction of Democrat House, which was built by the same contractor at the same time as the state-owned Financial Complex.