BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – CHAIRMAN of the Board of Directors at the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority, Don Boncamper has tendered his resignation several days after the government agency lost a court battle.
Boncamper’s exit was confirmed by Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ian Liburd at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris on Tuesday (Jul. 2) at Government Headquarters.
“The Chairman of SCASPA Don Boncamper, we met yesterday after a civil matter went to the court and he informed me that the decision was not in favor of SCASPA and he said he would take responsibility for that matter,” Minister Liburd said.
The resignation came as a surprise to many when word broke that the Chairman handed in his identification card.
Minister Liburd in responding to the media noted that his concern was the contents of a deposition in a court case.
“I gleaned that, from the content of a deposition which was submitted to the court by the lawyers, I think Kelsick, Wilkin and Ferdinand, on behalf of the former Chief Financial Officer. In that deposition, it cited that the claimant, in fact, recorded a conversation with the then Chairman in conversation with the former CEO and the Chairman were purported to have said many things, adverse things, about the minister and a relationship with someone in SCASPA,” Liburd said.
The Minister further explained that when the contents of that deposition was raised with Boncamper, he said it was struck from the court records.
But, according to Minister Liburd, when he asked Boncamper if there was any veracity to the statement, the former Chairman denied it.
That action prompted a discussion in relation to Boncamper’s tenure at the government agency and it was conceded “that it was in the best public interest and the best interest of SCASPA and, by extension, that of the Government of St Kitts and Nevis that he should tender his resignation at this point in time”.
The former Chairman was first appointed in 2015 before reappointed in 2018.