“MORE THAN $300 000 in contracts were awarded to a senior employee of a certain Government department…” … from Nation News story Money Probe
Gather round friends, and we’ll tell you about some smoke and mirrors taking place right now under chief magician and Barbados Prime Minister, David Thompson.
According to the Nation News, “sources” have leaked details about an audit surrounding some government projects handled through an unknown Ministry under the past BLP Owen Arthur/Mia Mottley government. It is exactly as we’ve been saying here at BFP for the past two years – Government Officials awarded government contracts to themselves or companies in which they had an interest. Some work was probably done, and for other contracts no trace of any work or results can be found.
Of course the current David Thompson Government members will wag their fingers at the old BLP administration and strut around like a bunch of smirking school children taking pleasure that the teacher caught out someone else and not them
David Thompson & The DLP Lied About Adopting A Ministerial Code
The problem facing the current government and law enforcement as they try to piece together what happened is that there are no rules prohibiting government employees from awarding lucrative contracts to themselves, family members or friends.
During the election, Prime Minister Thompson said that his government would adopt a Ministerial Code immediately upon forming a government – and in fact the DLP’s proposed Ministerial Code would have prohibited such conflicts of interest as government officials awarding contracts to themselves.
Except that David Thompson lied and his government did not adopt the Ministerial Code.
He also promised ITAL – Integrity, Transparency, Accountability Legislation in 100 days.
That was a lie too.
So the members of the current government shouldn’t be so smug about catching a few minor officials engaging in corrupt activities that might not even be prohibited in law.
Voters should be asking themselves why Thompson and his DLP Government don’t want to implement rules that will criminalize and prohibit corrupt behavior.
Same old, same old ’bout these hills…
Here piggy, piggy, piggy! Soooooooeeeeee! Come and get it!