By L.K. Hewlett
St. Kitts Reporter
Unsubstantiated claims that the Pelican Mall in downtown Basseterre had been sold and that vendors were given notice hit the radio airwaves this week. According to the rumour mongers, the government building which houses bank branches, craft, art and jewellery stores had been sold to two Indian investors for 7 million dollars.
The Observer spoke with one vendor who said she had not received any notice nor had anyone else that she knew of. She said she had heard the rumour and asked someone in charge of the building what was going on and was told that they knew nothing of the building being sold.
In an attempt to clarify the circulating reports, The Observer contacted Minister of State responsible for Tourism Hon. Richard Skerritt who said there was no truth to the rumour.
“That is absolute hogwash. The Pelican Mall has definitely not been sold to anyone. This is all a part of the Opposition’s strategy to spread misinformation to the public to instil fear in the populace,” Skerritt said.
He assured that neither the cruise arrivals building at Port Zante nor the Pelican Mall had been sold by the government.