Updated: January 11, 2009
Back in February of 2007, former DLP Cabinet Minister Branford Taitt revealed that Government officials and insiders form companies on the side and then award government contracts to their own companies.
In the “It takes one to know one” department, Mr. Taitt’s statement should be taken as accurate because he was involved himself in corrupt activities whereby a government contractor worked on Taitt’s home at the same time he had been awarded a government contract under Taitt’s Ministry of Health. Oh… and yes, there were missing materials galore from the St. Joseph Hospital construction site that probably ended up in Taitt’s home. (You can read about Mr. Taitt’s personal corrupt activities in our article Brandford Taitt, Ted Stevens: Two Crooked Senators – One In Alaska Faces Charges, One In Barbados Is “Cleared” Because We Have No Laws Against His Corrupt Behaviour.)
In Their First Year Of Government, David Thompson and His DLP Refused To Make The One Simple Policy Change That Could Have Stopped Much Of The Corruption
With a simple policy statement Prime Minister Thompson could have sent a message of integrity throughout the government. Without passing any laws or any consultation at all, Mr. Thompson could have declared the following…
“It is now government policy that no government contracts are to be issued to companies or other government suppliers that are owned wholly or in part by an elected or appointed government employee or official or their immediate family members.”
Instead, Prime Minister Thompson chose to let the corruption continue and here we are after one year of DLP government with the sad realisation that only the faces on the piggies have changed: the government trough is still open for business!
Original Article As Published Feb 21, 2007…
A FEW DAYS AGO the Nation Newspaper printed an article by Albert Brandford that provides some coverage of the rising call for Integrity and Transparency Legislation in Barbados.
While the article is largely milquetoast and says it is “strange” that both the major parties are unwilling to pass integrity legislation (ed: Brandford must be joking!) it is at least a start that the Nation News is talking about the subject of government accountability – even if the intent of the article is to quiet the increasingly noisy multitudes.
The article has a rehash of the Prime Minister and others explaining that Barbados has no need for such legislation because such corruption just doesn’t go on here. (more humour!)
Then, throwing a bone to the dogs (that is us, the public) Owen Arthur and the old politicians say, “Well, I guess we could TALK about it.”
DLP’s Branford Taitt Drops A Bombshell
Smack in the middle of the article though is a bombshell dropped by former DLP Cabinet Minister Branford Taitt – who tells publicly for the first time from an insider’s view about an insidious form of corruption that has become all too common in the last few years…
Government officials and insiders form companies on the side and then award government contracts to their own companies.
Once again, no names are named because The Nation News wants to look like they are doing a good job for the public even if they are a good doggie for the ruling BLP.
But we’ll take it one step at a time. Sooner or later, the majority of the public are going to ask (if they haven’t already) … “Where is the investigative reporting by the Nations News and the rest of the Barbados media?
Here is the quote from The Nation News…
“I am sure that we would insist on capturing some of the new methodologies that have been born in this present administration,” he said. “The whole concept, for example, of the [state-owned] company. There is a new methodology that has grown up where companies are formed and if you did an indepth examination you would find that there are companies that have been formed with directorships of people who are currently in ministries, and those same companies are dealing with the same ministries.
That is the methodology which has emerged in the last 18 months, andit is a frightening thing because it smacks of corruption.”
… former DLP Cabinet Minister Branford Taitt in The Nation News article Checking On Our Integrity