But when questioned about this matter during his weekly radio program on Tuesday 14th May, 2013, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas angrily rebuked the caller, suggesting the rumour was nothing but “crap”.
“Let me stop you before you go any further on this matter that is absolute nonsense and foolishness. Don’t bring that kind of nonsense on this radio program please. Not on this program. That is absolute nonsense, and it’s what you have just described it as.”
“I don’t want people to come on this program with crap, and nonsense and foolishness that they would have read, as been contrived by people here in St. Kitts and Nevis who are angry of the success of this government and want to tarnish the good name and the image of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Douglas.
He added, “You see the type of investment that the St. Kitts and Nevis Government, Labour Government has been bringing here…I bring credible investment to St. Kitts and Nevis, not that which you have just described…it is exactly what you said it is, ‘crap’!”
Since the past weekend a report on social media has been making the charge that a US registered company which has been linked to Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and his girlfriend, who is also the mother of his children, Kate Alex Woodley, has had discussions with business associates in Dubai, with the hope of entering into an agreement to facilitate the shipment of the human feces to St. Kitts and Nevis, as part of what is being described as a “Cash for Sewage” deal. This is the same Lex Consulting that was accused by the opposition during the 2010 election campaign of having over 76 million dollars that allegedly passed through its accounts; some of which the opposition claimed should have been paid into the Government Treasury.
Dr. Douglas initially denied any knowledge of the company and any payments to him personally, but eventually admitted that Lex Consulting was doing business on behalf of the Labour Party. One of the many payments made to him was for US$90,000. It was later discovered that Lex Consulting was owned by Ms. Alex Woodley who at the time was working at the New York based Consulate for St. Kitts and Nevis, and who was also recently transferred to work in a new St. Kitts and Nevis Consulate in Dubai.
According to what has been reported on social media Lex Consulting L.E.C., has had discussions with a businessman who is believed to be originally from Karachi, Pakistan, but operates a corporate enterprise in Dubai. The report suggests that Lex Consulting contacted the businessman with a proposal for the Cash for Sewage project.
The article alleges that the same businessman has also been in discussions with the St. Kitts and Nevis Government and that after several discussions with top Government officials, over the past four to five years, arrangements are nearly finalized where tankers of feces will be shipped to St. Kitts and Nevis for disposal.
The excuse being advanced is that St. Kitts and Nevis is strapped for cash and is broke and the Government is trying to get money to help the country climb out of its massive debt which has reached as high as 3 Billion Dollars in the past. According to the deal being reported on, it is said that the man indicated that Government has identified some 1,000 acres of land which is being purchased on the island for the disposal of the waste.
In 2012, the government transferred 1,200 acres of land to be sold as part of a land for debt swap.
The businessman in Dubai is also reported to have said that he visited St. Kitts in 2012 and that the land is waste land in the hillside away from any developmental area. Late last year, on a Sunday, a private jet did arrived in the island with a group of businessmen said to be from Dubai, and they were seen visiting the same land that was sold out by the government.
The Dubai businessman is reported to have concluded that the Cash for Waste deal would be an ideal arrangement for St. Kitts because of the enormous national debt that Government is struggling to repay, to various agencies, including the International Monetary Fund, IMF. The benefit for Dubai is that it will get rid of its waste.
We are also learning that the businessman has stated that he has been assured by government officials that plans would be finalized by the end of August 2013.
The expanding city of Dubai for years has been trying to deal with the serious problems it is now experiencing with the disposal of millions of tons of feces, with the construction of many high rise buildings; that cannot be facilitated at its lone sewage plant. As part of its strategy to better manage its human waste government authorities in Dubai took the decision to solicit the assistance of private operators of sewage plants but the problems continue.
However Prime Minister Douglas insists that all the talk about the waste coming to St. Kitts is “crap”.