Former State Minister For Energy Kern Spencer Spent Two Nights In Jail
A September 2007 photo of former junior minister for energy, Kern Spencer, and Coleen Wright, during the official opening of the new parliament following the general elections. The two, along with Rodney Chin, who was named as the sole director of both Universal Management and Development Company and Caribbean Communications and Media Network, were arrested and charged Tuesday evening with several counts of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and corruption in connection with the Cuban light bulb scandal in which $267 million was spent to distribute four million energy-saving light bulbs that were donated to Jamaica by the Cuban Government.
… from the Jamaica Observer article Kern Offered Bail – Former Junior Minister, Two Co-accused Spend Another Night In Lock-up
Lesson For Barbados: Private Companies Are Used To Facilitate Government Corruption
Citizens of Barbados should pay close attention to this latest Jamaican government scandal because the techniques that were used to steal Jamaican tax dollars were regularly practiced by our own corrupt Barbados government officials.
With the previous BLP Government, contracts were regularly issued without an open bidding process to private companies owned by friends and relatives of government officials. This can be a simple as the government paying a certain supplier three times the normal price for shipment of copier paper (hey, nice Christmas bonus for a relative!) to the sophisticated scams practiced by VECO Corporation – the builders of our new way-over-budget jail.
Recent trials in Alaska revealed that VECO corruptly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in “consulting fees” to the relatives of US politicians who awarded government contracts to the company.
You would have to be totally stupid to think that VECO never gave any consulting fees out in relation Barbados projects like the new jail or the oil terminal.
Will The New DLP Government Let The Previous Administration Get Away With Keeping The Proceeds Of Their Corrupt Activities?
Doing nothing about the past BLP corruption is not an option if the new DLP Government wants to retain credibility with the voters.