An opposition lawmaker has described as “corruption” the Unity Labour Party government’s appointment of retired politician and former minister of national security, octogenarian, Vincent Beache, as a director of multiple government businesses and agencies.
MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, made the assertion on Saturday as he addressed a New Democratic Party (NDP) campaign rally in Redemption Sharpes.
Leacock, who is seeking a second term as MP for the constituency, made the claim as said he takes politics one election at a time.
“I can’t tell you I am trying to run for the next election because power is for a time only … And if the good Lord gives me the opportunity to serve this time, I say thank Jesus and if he finds me in good health the next time, you the people will decide if there is more juice left in me,” said Leacock, who is one of two NDP vice-presidents.
“But I tell you, if Vincent Beache, at 84, could be in charge of giving gun license, advising the Commissioner of Police, be on PetroCaribe board, PDVSA SVG, East Caribbean Group, VINLEC, the Cadet Force and God knows what he is not on, then I too have a long political history ahead of me,” Leacock said of Beache, who earlier this year, become chair of the Board of Directors of the state-owned Housing and Land Development Corporation.
“In fact, … and I hope the journalists take note of this: on the corrupt practice there alone, where a sitting prime minister takes an 84-year-old person and puts him on eight boards at the expense of the youth of the nation, he should be dismissed for all times from governance in any country,” Leacock said.
“It is corruption of the highest order and I do not care, I will stand the onslaught of any and every member of the ULP because we must rid ourselves from that type of devious practice where we are overfulling (sic) the belly of one house,” Leacock told party supporters.
Beache exited active politics in 2005, when his son, Glen Beache, replaced him as candidate and later MP for South Windward, before quitting politics five years later himself.
The older Beache is also a former national security advisor to the government.