ST LUCIA: Agriculture minister resigns

Agriculture Minister Jimmy Henry has resigned following reports that he was recently stopped and searched at the George Charles Airport.

Henry, who announced his resignation Wednesday in a video on social media, said he decided to step down for personal reasons.

“I have decided to tender my resignation with immediate effect from the Senate and as a minister. Due to these personal matters at this time, I am unable to give the attention necessary to my ministerial duties,” Henry said.

He thanked his supporters in his east coast village of Dennery and said he would continue to maintain a keen interest in the community.

However, former government minister and talk show host, Richard Frederick has alleged that Henry was stopped at George Charles Airport and questioned about an undisclosed sum of money in his possession.

But National Security Minister Hermanguild Francis, on Tuesday, denied knowledge of any such investigation regarding Henry and suggested that the allegation is political mischief.

In response, top cop, Milton Desir, told reporters that he gave no order to investigate Henry, who had previously declined to comment on the matter.

Henry contested the Dennery North seat in the last general election and lost to Shawn Edward of the St Lucia Labour Party. (CMC)

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