Prime Minister Thompson: Some People Better Go To Jail

UPDATED – January 18, 2009

This article was first published on June 20, 2008. Since then, the following people have been charged with fraud…

(Are you kidding? Thompson and the DLP will never charge anyone with any corruption offense. The DLP don’t want to start that kind of war with the BLP because they are so busy feeding at the public trough themselves. Same old, same old ’bout hey!)

Has Mr. Barrow, the victim, had his house repaired in the seven months since this article was written?

Original story…

“If Thompson and the DLP can’t put anyone in jail with the circumstances surrounding this case, they had better stop pretending that they intend to do a damn thing about corruption on this island.” … BFP’s George on a rant

Barbados Hurricane Disaster Money Fraud

It seems that when Hurricane Ivan went by here in 2004 the home of Theophilus Barrow was destroyed. Our illustrious government soon created a $4 million dollar emergency fund and money was paid out so that Mr. Barrow’s home would soon be rebuilt. Self-congratulations were spread all around with politicians bragging, civil servants strutting and “aren’t we all wonderful taking care of those who have trouble taking care of themselves” was the prevailing word.

FOUR YEARS LATER it finally comes out. The money that was paid out for Mr. Barrow’s new home is missing. He never got it, Ministry of Home Affairs have no clue, and Judy Thomas of the Central Emergency Relief Organisation doesn’t want to talk about it even now, four years later. Hmmmm…. I wonder why?

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Thomas said: “I don’t think I need to shed any light in the media on that matter.”

No surprise here. What did we expect with a government regime that was corrupt from the top down? Public money, emergency money for a poor defenseless man, stolen in broad daylight and him left homeless.

Does the Government of Barbados pay for an entire house and never look at the finished product before handing out money? Who signed the inspection off? Who signed the cheque? Who was in charge? Was Director of Emergency Management Judy Thomas (red circles above) in charge? Who knew and kept quiet? Put them all in jail.

Five or six people and a few big-ups in jail for corruption would fundamentally change our society. People would actually start to believe that there was RULE OF LAW for all.

Somebody Stole That Money

That is fraud Mr. Thompson, pure and simple. It is disgusting. It is happening on your watch. Sure, we know that you can blame it all on the last bunch, the Barbados Larceny Party, but now YOU are in charge. YOU promised transparency, YOU promised a new regime of honesty and integrity. And here is your chance to show us that you mean it.

How about you cancel one of your jet set appointments in Toronto, New York, Miami and go and visit Mr. Barrow and get the construction started? While you are at it tell us who got the money and have everyone involved either charged or fired – preferably both. There are no innocent persons here. Those that handed out the money and did not follow up and institute checks and balances then they are complicit.

And then Mr. Thompson, when you are visiting Mr. Barrow – apologize to him. Then apologize to all other Bajans who are not able to help themselves and have continually been the victims of the scams, the larceny, the fraud and thefts perpetrated or allowed by the very people who are elected to lead and protect them.

Mr. Thompson it is time for you to pay attention to this problem of corruption that has infected our government and civil service, and the policing, legal and business communities. You promised to introduce integrity, transparency and accountability laws and standards within 100 days. Do it now and begin the process of ending the disgraceful abuses that hurt people like Mr. Barrow.

The Nation Newspaper is to be lauded for finally doing some investigative journalism. Given the shocking nature of the story Maria Bradshaw’s reporting was somewhat lightweight and about three years overdue – but, hey, it is a step in the right direction.

The Story

Money paid but no house built
Published on: 6/20/08.

This is what remains of the house which was damaged by Hurricane Ivan and where a new house was to be built.

by MARIA BRADSHAW

OFFICIALS in the Ministry of Home Affairs were blown away on finding an elderly man without his house which was to be rebuilt with Government disbursed funds after it was damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
WEEKEND NATION investigations revealed that 77-year-old Theophilus Barrow’s house at Mount Tenantry, St George, was among several to be rebuilt out of a $4 million emergency fund approved by the then Government.

But a few weeks ago, officials visited the spot after persistent complaints from him and a concerned member of the church he attends. They were shocked to find only the rubble of the original house on the spot where the man’s three-bedroom house was supposed to have been rebuilt.

Barrow’s daughter, Marquita Byer, who lives next door, recalled the visit.

“A woman look at my father’s old house and put she hand to she mouth and say: ‘Wuh loss! We give them the money to build the house and they tell us that the house done build and the man in it happy and comfortable’.”

When contacted, a source at the ministry confirmed officials were of the opinion “the project was completed”.

The source said that Judy Thomas, the director of Emergency Management Services, [formerly the Central Emergency Relief Organisation – CERO], was one of the officials who visited Barrow.

“We are still investigating to find out why it has not been done. We went into our database and we discovered that a payment was made for the house to be built.

“We referred the matter to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Works for further investigation and we are awaiting a report from him.”

The WEEKEND NATION telephoned the Permanent Secretary Lionel Nurse and building officer Ronald Arthur on several occasions, but up to press time there was no response from either.

When contacted, Thomas said: “I don’t think I need to shed any light in the media on that matter.”

Meanwhile, the elderly man who lives with one of his daughters at a house behind his spot, said it hurt him to pass every day and see only a rotten shell of his old house.

“Only last week two men in a car passed here and tell me I gine get the house soon, but they have been saying that for years.

“They push me all around and told me that they ain’t got no material to build the house. And two weeks ago they run up here and dig the well and mark out to build the house.”

He explained that after the hurricane blew off the roof, church members strapped it back down for him temporarily until his new house could be built. However, the house was so old that it collapsed shortly after.
His daughter said she also spoke to one of the women who visited her father.

“She told me that the house should have been built ever since and that somebody will get lock up for it.”

Original story at the Nation News (link here)

50 Comments

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50 responses to “Prime Minister Thompson: Some People Better Go To Jail

  1. Red Lake Lassie

    There must be charges and a trial. If nobody goes to jail for this then the whole system is a farce.

    How many other houses were paid for and not built?

  2. Anon

    Trust me, this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot more to come.

    Why do you think that the corrupt BLP was fighting tooth and nail to be returned to Govt.? Those in the background knew of all of these frauds. They were afraid that someone would go to jail. This could have a snowball effect and as names are called influential people in Barbados could get into big trouble.

    But it seems like they need not have worried! I will bet my hat that the David Thompson administrastion will not charge anybody and put them before the law courts.

    Anyone want to prove me wrong?

  3. Pat

    What a disgusting thing to do to an old gentleman. Welcome to first world Barbados.

  4. Wildycoyte

    Nothing will happen BFP…NOTHING… if these imbeciles can’t even lock up Owen(Buhbadus Belong To Me)Arthur how de hell you expect anybody to go to jail for stealing money from an old defenseless man..study it..i know wunna heart in de right place but wunna wasting wunna time with this 1.

  5. Jason

    Five months coming up on six since Thompy was sworn in.

    Five months and you tell me what wrongs have been looked after? What theives have been charged? Who look like they GOIN WITH OWEN to jail?

    Nobody is who.

  6. Adrian Hinds

    How could people in a small society such as Barbados do this to their own?

  7. Thistle

    It gets worse, but right now I only have sketchy details, and it involves a house (from NHC) which should have been built for a family with a little girl suffering from Sickle Cell Anaemia. Money paid, materials bought, money disappeared, materials disappeared. I am trying to get the details.

  8. Che Castro Chavez

    Isn’t it time that the miltary step in and arrest Arthur and the rest of the BLP cabinet and charge them? Thompson means well but he is inept. Time for an army coup!

  9. Thistle

    The family (see my last comment) do not wish to be identified, because since the DLP Administration came into being, the matter was sorted out, the NHC man who stole the materials to build the house was fired, the house was built and they are living in it. I wonder how many other similar cases – like the poor old man – there are. It makes your blood boil. But I keep on saying, you can’t just haul people off to jail without solid evidence, and it seems to me that a hell of a lot of evidence was shredded on or around January 15th. Remember the St. Joseph Hospital Report went “missing” too?

  10. Fool me Once

    How is that there can be no charges? Judy Thomas was there and knows…she can testify or is she involve?. Banks keep records and copies of cheques so the money can be followed.

    This scandal is easy to uncover and others too so what are they waiting for? Unless they are involve.

    More importantly the way to stop this happening any more is to get some laws and rules in place and it starts from the top.

  11. Barbados the Beautiful

    “OFFICIALS in the Ministry of Home Affairs were blown away on finding an elderly man without his house which was to be rebuilt with Government disbursed funds after it was damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.”

    Ha, ha, ha, what bullmanure that they said that.

    The only thing that was blown away was the man’s house and all the money to rebuild it.

    Now what is blown away is any credibility for the Ministry of Housing who claim not to have noticed for four years.

  12. Denis the Menace

    Where the h*ll is Denis Lowe supposed to be responsible for looking after the little people? What stake he got in this? He missing in action.

  13. politically incorrect

    I commented on this at election time. What a difference six months does not make.

    Political parties in Barbados and worldwide are controlled by “shadow governments”. When they the shadow governments, decide it is time for a change, you get your change: same horse different colour.

    Go back in your archives and you will see my comment. Nobody wanted to pay me any mind then maybe now things will be a little “clearer”.

    Accusing me of being ideological, which is usually the next move, is only a “red herring”. Pay good attention bros and sisrs this is much bigger than you or I.

    Next you’ll ask me what to do……….only one thing to do. Turn to the Almighty. He’s our only hope.

  14. Centipede

    If this is indeed a factual report, then it is a shameful, criminal and lachrymose happening and THIS ONE in particular needs pursuing.

    BEP – I hope you will keep this on the front buerner until it gets investigated. PLEASE put it up as a header.

    BTW BFP – what about another ‘print edition’ it’s time.

    Let’s watch Thompy and see what he does. Maybe he has testosterone, but does he have balls?

    I hope readers of BFP from around the world will have something to say.

    This article needs forwarding to the UN, to newspapers abroad and similar agencies around the globe.

    This is one story that must leave every reader utterly flabergasted.

  15. John

    Guy Hewitt wrote a good article a short time ago which BFP posted. Its title was “Remember the Poor”

    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/guy-hewitt-remember-the-poor/

    I think it was spot on but it needed also to include the old as well.

    The old are routinely taken advantage of in modern Barbados.

    No one looks or cares because no one can imagine that one day they too will be old.

  16. chetrock

    It look like the old prime minister owen $ arthur is visiting BFP and using bad words. drunk again!

  17. Chase

    Pat said: “What a disgusting thing to do to an old gentleman. ”
    Actually Pat it was done to every Barbadian who cares about how their taxes are spent!
    Bajans need to identify exactly who’s responsibility it is to investigate and prosecute those respnosible for misappropriating the funds; and ensure they do their job. Refuse to put up with it or accept collective responsibility.

  18. Checkin-out

    I agree that, based on the information you present, the matter should be properly investigated and someone or indeed, some people should be charged and if found guilty be sent to jail or punished to the full extent of the law.

    But, I think it is grossly unfair at this stage for BFP to attribute blame to NAMED individuals and suggest they should be jailed without having enough to facts to even establish if they are even tangentially culpable in any way for the plight of the poor man.

    Do you know what part the public service system with its inadequate checks and balances has played in this and perhaps other similar “atrocities”? Do you know if some crook or crooks in one or more of the agencies engineered the scheme without any involvement by the “higher ups” who you castigate and sentence without evidence? Have you researched who the guys were who recently visited the old man, measured up and promised that the work would be done soon and what role they have played in the whole sick scenario? Have you tried to discover their connections?

    I would have expected some more facts of this nature before a reputable journalist would drag the name of a hard working public servant into the ground.

    Shame on you BFP. I know your heart is in the right place but you can do much better.

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    BFP says,

    Ya ya ya… NOBODY must ever be named or held responsible in Barbados.

    NOBODY should ever be held accountable. NO MINISTER should be responsible for the actions of those in his charge who acted dishonestly because there was no proper oversight.

    Go back to sleep.

    No one will ever be charged for this. Thompson hasn’t the courage or the leadership.

    Go back to sleep.

  19. Fool me once

    We are shamed at what Checkin-out just wrote in his posting.

    “Should be properly investigated”, you say. A crime has obviously been committed and a man is still homeless and what about him?

    Tomorrow he should receive an apology and start building his house. Make things right for him because the system set up failed him.

    There are no innocent people here. When the money was paid and the work did not get done everyone involved was criminal. Do you mean to say it is fine for all the bureaucrats to hide behind their jobs and be silent and not see that this is put right?

    You miss the point completely my friend. There are only two sets of people here: the people who stole the money and the people who let them get away with it. They are all guilty.

  20. Wishing in Vain

    This is Urban Commission at its best, maybe they were not sure if it was the 1 the 2 or the 3 man that was to be assigned this job.

  21. Checkin-out

    bfp and fool-me-once

    You are missing my main point. I am not saying that whoever is responsible should go scot free. I am saying that before you name names and attribute blame you should be certain you have the right culprits and not some possibly innocent individual. And that you, nor the Nation have done this.

    Have you ever heard of due process?

    Enough

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    BFP SAYS…

    Due Process? What the H*LL are you talking about? NOBODY ever gets charged with corruption let alone convicted in Barbados.

    Name a person.

    Name one.

    Judy Thomas is the director of Emergency Management. Her agency according to the Nation News was involved. She was the boss. It happened on her watch.

    Even if she did not participate she failed to prevent it.

    She should be toast. Something like that happens and FOUR YEARS LATER the agency is “surprised” the man has no home?????? WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT DUE PROCESS?

    She and anyone else associated with the agency should resign or be fired. The only question for Thomas is… did she know? IF she didn’t know… fire her. IF she knew and benefited… jail.

    WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?

  22. JC

    I for one have no problem with your suggestion BFP. CHEERS!

  23. Oooops!

    Evil Forces again!

    Any time we get too close to revealing Past Indiscretions
    these “Evil Forces” pop up like magic!
    What a strange co-incidence!

    Wunnuh stop stirring up de trouble fuh de last administration of public funds for private enrichment,nuh?!

  24. Tony Hall

    This one is too blatant. I am sure all the evidence is being gathered and the person or persons involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There are some BLP operatives in various gov’t departments who are trying to sabotage this gov’t. The BLP was fighting tooth and nail to retain the gov’t because it was aware of blatant corruption all over. Some of them are still in shock because they can’t believe the gov’t has changed and the frightening thing facing some of them is that there is potential for going up to Dodds.

  25. Centipede

    “I am sure all the evidence is being gathered and the person or persons involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law….” says Tony Hall.

    What makes you so SURE, my son?

  26. Justice

    If she did not know, fire her? Do you hold yourself to such high standards, BFP?

    *************************

    BFP says,

    Yes Justice, IF I were in charge of a four million dollar project, and my agency paid for a house that wasn’t built, I would resign as it would be the honourable thing to do. I would have failed in my duty and trust to safeguard the resources of this country.

    This is not a matter such as someone stole some office equipment. For this to have happened there had to be a complete lack of standard management practices and checks and balances and THAT is the responsibility of THE BOSS.

    You want to take the big bucks to run a government agency? You had better be capable and accountable.

    For this to have happened, she was neither.

    But that goes against the limiting Bajan culture that we have. No one is ever responsible. There must always be extenuating circumstances to mitigate the assignment of guilt or accountability.

    Good god, this is Barbados where a lawyer can steal over a hundred thousand dollars of a client’s money and then still practice law!!!

    Give your head a shake, Justice. What do you think happens to a manager in private business in the real world when this kind of thing happens? Why should the government managers not be held responsible when they are in charge?

  27. bajan youth

    it is utterly despicable, that something like this could happen. Then politicians at your door begging for a vote, and pretending to be friendly, how some of these ppl sleep at night i don’t know

  28. Fool me once

    Check-in Out are you part of the cover up? How can you defend an agency that gets $4million to help the helpless and then say it is not their job to be sure, very sure, positive, that the helpless get the help?

    Your name should be Mr. Don’t Check-it Out.

    If we follow what you are saying it is ok to see no evil while the helpless man Mr. Barrow gets stomped and kicked while he is down and meantime our hard earned money – have you forgotten that is our money?- is missing for four years.

    We can only guess that you Mr. No Check-Out have a few secrets of your own that you don’t want to have come out. Why else would you defend this shameful chapter in our country’s history?

  29. Thistle

    I want the talking to stop and the ACTION TO BEGIN. This criminal behaviour has been going on too long. I can’t thank BFP enough for opening the ever growing Pandora boxes and bringing to light these shameful matters. If at least one example is made of someone, people will start to breathe a sigh of relief, but if they continue to be ignored … well, I don’t like to think of the consequences.

  30. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    YOu honestly think that these crooks care about little old men and their 2 x 4 houses. You really think our new elected, honest, champion of the poor and needy, the -peoples- man- prime minister is gonna go a digging where he knows the dirt might easily fall on him. No one will get locked up for this crime lest he be a small man and takes the fall for the appease the peasants. None of the big ups will not be touched.

    YOU POLITICIANS AND CIVIL SERVANTS WHO ARE STEALING FROM THE TAX PAYERS TO FEED AND BOOST YOUR STATUS ARE REALLY SICK AND PATHETIC. IF YOU MR PRIMEMINISTER DO NOT DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE IN AN HONEST COURT OF LAW…YOU CAN TELL THE LORD THAT YOU WILL NOT GET PASS 5 YEARS.

    You politicians have dug a really deep pit for yourselves and now the whole of Barbados now knows what your modus operandi is. ARE YOU NOT ASHAME….GOSH I AM SO ANGRY AT THE SICKNESS OF CREED PURPORTED BY OUR TWISTED AND CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

  31. Wishing in Vain

    In fairness Thistle the Nation ran this story first nevertheless it is an act of gross corruption and dishonesty by the blp gov’t of the day just gone.

    I also noticed today that the Nation ran a bit on events trying to take place at the City Of Bridgetown Credit Union where Mottley is trying her hardest to install her good friend and mate CAROL ROBERTS into a post that is most unsuited for but the boss lady is also a VERY CLOSE friend of the said Mottley.

    The real players at COB need to stand up and speak out about this abuse that Mottley is trying to carry out against this trustworthy operation, bearing in mind that they are too many questions surrounding the actions of the CAROL ROBERTS and her mystery awards of building work to a company she owns given to her by the BLP, Mottley and worst yet the URBAN COMMISSION CROOKS.

  32. Wishing in Vain

    Or what about the stinking one where a person employed by the Gov’t of Barbados to do a job on behalf of all the taxpayers has grown so comfortable giving out work and collecting his bribe money for giving this work out, but low and behold the 15 th of Jan happened the New Gov’t is elected by the taxpayers of Barbados and Mr Dirt decides to halt the giving out of work to his friends for a fee and then also neglects his long time friend and cohort, this is now enough to set the friend crazy and in his annoyance with Mr Dirt he skillfully sends all of the cheques that he paid to Mr Dirt over the years to none other than the Minister responsible for the mess.

    What a pile of garbbage we find ourselves thrown into ????

  33. 68.2

    Che Castro Chavez
    June 20, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Isn’t it time that the miltary step in and arrest Arthur and the rest of the BLP cabinet and charge them? Thompson means well but he is inept. Time
    for an army coup!
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    Checkin-out
    June 21, 2008 at 1:44 am

    I agree that, based on the information you present, the matter should be properly investigated and someone or indeed, some people should be charged and if found guilty be sent to jail or punished to the full extent of the law.
    ******************************************************
    Fool me once
    June 21, 2008 at 2:04 am

    We are shamed at what Checkin-out just wrote in his posting.

    “Should be properly investigated”, you say. A crime has obviously been committed and a man is still homeless and what about him?
    **************************************************
    BFP say’s…
    No one will ever be charged for this. Thompson hasn’t the courage or the leadership.
    ***************************************************
    If I am not mistaken, I would swear that you BFP led the charge to elect this said; Mr Thompson

    The New Barbados !
    No Charges
    No Trials
    No Due Process
    No Investigations
    No respect for the rule of law
    Time for an army coup!

    Thank God I have 2 passports !

    **************
    **************
    BFP says,

    You are mistaken, 68.2. BFP did not “lead the charge” to elect Thompson and the DLP. We begrudgingly gave our support at the last minute when the DLP and Thompson promised Integrity Transparency and Accountability Legislation within 100 days of being elected and to adopt a Ministerial Code immediately upon forming a government.

    We said we hoped he wasn’t lying and we had our suspicions.

    He lied.

  34. Wishing in Vain

    If you have a look at today’s Nation Newspaper you will see the NUPW making a total idiot of themselves in their support of the thief STANTON ALLEYNE in my earlier post I decided not to mention his name or where he worked but now that it is public knowledege I will say that this is yet another one that should be sent to Dodds right away, he is the one that his friend exposed by sending all the bank cheques written as bribe money to STANTON ALLEYNE and it shows where they have been deposited to his account and these are the same cheques that the Minister now has in his pocession.
    Can you really understand the call to leave him alone and turn a blind eye, simply put he is yet another crook that was stealing from us just like HALLAM NICHOLLS, GLYNE BANNISTER and OWING all did, and from whom he took his direction.

    He needs to be sent thru the court system and found gulity and locked away next door to Owing, Bannister and Nicholls.

  35. Thistle

    Wishing In Vain:

    I really do admire your loyalty to our Party (DLP), but there is such a thing as blind loyalty and I am not a party to that. In case you didn’t notice, I gave them credit for helping the family with the little disabled girl shortly after they won the Government. And in my opinion, they have been doing some good things (which ungrateful people choose to ignore), but PLEASE, WIV, drawing red herrings across the trail is NOT going to help, and it is not going to detract from wrongdoings. Harping on about Mia, Nicholls and Bannister et al and their criminality is NOT going to solve the mess that Owing left us in. I believe that the present Government is reeling under the shock of the massive corruption during Owing’s tenure and they are struggling to deal with the mess. Every day it seems that something new is uncovered and I can only shake my head in wonder at how we Bajans have been robbed left, right and centre. However, we have to move forward, not backward. I am still optimistic about ITAL, and I hope I’m not wrong. I am not over-optimistic about the criminals being rounded up and thrown into jail, because I don’t know if there is enough evidence, but I hope it happens. WIV, who the hell cares what Mia does with Carol Roberts (another thief!).

  36. Wishing in Vain

    If you have a look at today’s Nation Newspaper (Iplease see story added below) you will see the NUPW making a total idiot of themselves in their support of the thief STANTON ALLEYNE in my earlier post I decided not to mention his name or where he worked but now that it is public knowledege I will say that this is yet another one that should be sent to Dodds right away, he is the one that his friend exposed by sending all the bank cheques written as bribe money to STANTON ALLEYNE and it shows where they have been deposited to his account and these are the same cheques that the Minister now has in his pocession.
    Can you really understand the call to leave him alone and turn a blind eye, simply put he is yet another crook that was stealing from us just like HALLAM NICHOLLS, GLYNE BANNISTER and OWING all did, and from whom he took his direction.

    He needs to be sent thru the court system and found gulity and locked away next door to Owing, Bannister and Nicholls.

    SSA RIFT by TREVOR YEARWOOD

    THE NEW BOARD at the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) has asked acting general manager Stanton Alleyne to resign by tomorrow.

    But the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has given notice that the board will have a fight on its hand if Alleyne is forced to go.

    News of the crisis came when the NUPW met with close to 150 SSA workers at its Dalkeith Road, St Michael headquarters yesterday morning.

    NUPW general secretary Denis Clarke accused the board of “going on a witch-hunt” and warned that the union “will fight to our last drop of blood”.

    Clarke charged that the new SSA board had apparently “come into office with the intention of getting rid of Mr Alleyne” and had been delving into “every little project” with which he had been involved, seeking to find a trace of wrongdoing.

    He said Alleyne had “given his all” to the SSA over several years and should not be treated this way.

    Neither Clarke nor chairman of the board, Dr Don Marshall, would state the grounds on which Alleyne was being asked to resign.

    But on the telephone from Britain, Marshall told the SUNDAY SUN that the board had “a compelling case” against Alleyne.

    Board’s mission

    He dismissed the union’s “witch-hunting” charge, saying: “The board is . . . on a mission to raise the value, profile and status of the SSA.”

    Marshall said the board could have taken a different route, but had decided to “proceed with compassion” by having a meeting with Alleyne and asking him to decide on his future by Monday.

    Alleyne, in turn, said in an interview that the resignation call had come as a surprise because in his 12 years’ holding a managerial position he had resolved a number of the nagging problems besetting the institution.

    He listed among them, not enough functioning trucks, a shortage of spare parts and vehicle routing and garbage-collection difficulties.

    “They [the board] found a Sanitation Service Authority that has been running smoothly, but they have been checking and checking and checking since being sworn in on February 15,” he told the SUNDAY SUN.

    He did not give details of what the board was checking for.

    Marshall questioned Alleyne’s claim of things running smoothly at the SSA, saying: “We have had too many long years of neglect … in relation to the workers’ health, safety and amenities at their disposal – things like a decent lunch room and change room.”

    Meantime, Clarke is supporting a call by SSA workers for the board to resign. And, SSA workers who attended yesterday’s meeting are calling for industrial action if Alleyne is sacked tomorrow.

  37. Checkin-out

    BFP; Seems to me you and most of your posters are firmly caught up in a modus operandi that takes a very cursory look at problems and then jumps to extreme solutions without truly understanding the situation.

    As I understand it, the situation, purely and totally from your article and the Nation’s Weekend Electronic edition article, is as follows:

    Officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, under which the Disaster Preparedness Office is a Section or Department, paid a recent site visit to the home of Mr Barrow which had been substantially destroyed in Hurricane Ivan over 4 years ago, having received notification that hurricane repairs, which had been fully paid for, had not been done.

    The articles suggest that a lady on the touring party was surprised that no work had apparently been done even though the moneys had been paid for this work, presumably a long time ago

    The visit was made after a number of representations were made on the matter by the Barrow family and Church members of the area.

    Your articles do not indicate who notified WHICH department of the problems and when.

    The articles do not indicate who the moneys were paid to or indeed who paid the moneys but gives the impression that it was the Disaster Preparedness office that had disbursed the money as part of a $4.0 million dollar Hurricane response vote from Government for such purposes.

    The Articles also suggests that MTP was responsible for effecting the repairs to the house and Home Affairs had referred the matter to them for an explanation.

    MTW and The Ministry of Home Affairs are not the same Ministry. They have different Accounting Officers, different duties, different responsibilities, etc. I would expect that the Ministry of Home Affairs would have nothing whatsoever to do with the actual hiring or paying of the contractors carrying out of the repairs but would be expected to receive reports from MTP as to the status of the repairs of the various buildings effected under the Project.

    Note that, in the Nation Article, the lady from Home Affairs who spoke to the reporters indicated that the work had been paid for long ago and their Office had been informed that it had been satisfactorily carried out. I doubt that Home Affairs would have disbursed money to MTP on an individual Household basis but it would have been on a project basis, but I might be wrong.

    BFP Your Article goes out of its way to suggest total culpability for the matter rests on the Director of Emergency Services through highlighting her picture in at least 2 photographs and claiming that she should be jailed for, I presume, direliction of duty.

    You have not shown a direct link between her Office and the problems that were visited on the poor Gentleman. The Articles don’t indicate who was paid to repair the house? Was it MTP itself? Was it external Contractors? How many similar cases exist? Is this the tip of the iceberg? How much of the $4.0 Million dollars has been wasted in this way? How many poor people have been treated in this way? What are the rules under which the relevant Officers operate? Can a Government Officer, at below Permanent Secretary level, inform the press of matters relating to a problem that is being handled by another department without breaching protocol? etc. etc.

    You asked none of these questions to try to understand what happened and might still be happening, but jumped headlong, without research nor thought, into calling for the Director of the Disater Emergency Department to be jailed.

    Jailed for what?

    Saying she should’nt talk to the press about the matter as reported? ….. I don’t think standard Government protocol would allow her to do that without access to all the facts and permission from her superiors.

    Working with a system in which she probably had absolutely no control of the most likely persons who perpetrated the scam? ….. I suspect it is totally unlikely that she would have had any interaction with the persons who actually were supposed to have done the work which was paid for?

    I am truly sorry for the anguish that some crook caused Mr Barrow and his family but you should wait until you have the facts before you attribute blame.

    I would be prepared to agree with you if you could show how the Director of Emergency Services could be culpable in this case, but my knowledge of how the Public service works suggest that a lot more information is needed before this is possible.

    Re Fool me Once’s contribution;

    He asked:- “Check-in Out are you part of the cover up? How can you defend an agency that gets $4million to help the helpless and then say it is not their job to be sure, very sure, positive, that the helpless get the help?”

    I am not part of the cover-up. I just believe in fair play. I know absolutely nothing about the case besides what the Nation and bfp reported.

    RE the second part of the above question. I have’nt seen anywhere in the Nation Article that the Ministry of Home Affairs SAID or implied that it was not their job to be sure, very sure, positive, that the helpless get the help. You are again jumping to conclusions that are not borne out by the facts given. It appears from the Nation article that the Ministry of Home Affairs had only checked on if the repairs on this particular house had been done some four years after the hurricane and only after reports reached them that something was amiss but the Article does not give their side of the story. How do we know if another scamp had reported that he/she had inspected the house and that the house repairs were satisfactorily completed? and note that there is some hint of this in the article but it is not followed up with facts. If such were the case how could you reasonably blame the director?

    You said: “Your name should be Mr. Don’t Check-it Out”.

    Actually what I’m saying is Check-it Out THOROUGHLY, don’t jump to easy conclusions planted by highlighting one individual and attributing all blame to her.

    You said: “If we follow what you are saying it is ok to see no evil while the helpless man Mr. Barrow gets stomped and kicked while he is down and meantime our hard earned money – have you forgotten that is our money?- is missing for four years.

    Actually, while you are stomping another individual who might be blameless in the matter, from some of the posts on bfp, it appears that some action is being taken to remedy the situation for Mr. Barrow. A proper investigation and the attribution of blame and evildoing could run concurrently with this rather than your knee-jerk unwarranted rush to judgement.

    You said “We can only guess that you Mr. No Check-Out have a few secrets of your own that you don’t want to have come out. Why else would you defend this shameful chapter in our country’s history”

    I have no secrets related to corruption or thiefery on any such matter. I am a retired senior public servant who knows full well that even Permanent Secretaries do not have the authority that private sector persons expect them to have. They have little control on the persons working under them. Have no authority to Hire or Fire their workers but are loaded with responsibilities for managing sometimes large Ministries with large budgets.

    But I believe in fair play. If a full and proper investigation is done and the culprits are proven guilty they should be punished to the full extent of the law. I agree it is a shameful episode, but proper reporting should be done. Who knows what is hiding under this one? what else you can uncover if you explore this one properly? Remember the boy who cried wolf wolf. If BFP continues to takes this kneejerk sensational, unthinking reaction to these incidents, no thinking person will believe you when you report on other matters.

    I agree with a number of the facts I have seen reported on bfp over the past several months and I think you have the drive and energy to provide a very useful “watchdog” role in the number of infelicities that have gone on and are going on in this country. But you need to think before you print.

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    BFP says,

    Thanks Checkin-out. We’ll consider what you said, but especially your disinformation that “some crook” is the one who is responsible for this theft.

    “Some crook” ????? One person????

    Typical Bajan way of thinking. NEVER consider that each one of the senior managers in each Ministry who touched this programme had a duty to implement checks and balances and oversight to ensure that all monies being spent by government were properly accounted for.

    I don’t believe for ONE MOMENT that this just came to light now after four years. I don’t believe that this victim of government and his family were silent for FOUR BLOODY YEARS.

    Did they talk to their Member of Parliament last year? Who did they talk to at the various Ministries?

    Any government official or elected official who knew about this and did nothing is guilty and should be held accountable. We don’t mean criminally guilty – although that may be so also. We mean that at a certain point the managers in our government who have failed to protect our tax dollars and old folks should be fired – at the very least.

    You, Checkin-out, sound like every politician and lawyer on this island who have a hundred excuses why the little people can’t be helped and why no one is every held personally accountable.

    You take a manager’s position and salary with the government, then you had better be willing to be held accountable for what happens on your watch.

  38. Hants

    Checkin-out, while I agree with you that it is totally unfair and erroreous to blame Judy Thomas, BFP sensationalises Articles to get reaction and it works.

    Also they may be adjusting “slowly” from the Owen Arthur autocratic leadership model so the buck stops at the Head of the EMS.

    The truth will eventually be revealed. BFP would not expect Ms. Thomas to check every single item of every transaction that occurs in her department.

    I think the lady should be commended for working tirelessly to “save we when de hurricane come.”

    BFP you were a little hard on a good Bajan this time but the truth will out.

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    BFP says,

    Hi Hants,

    As we said, this is not like someone stole some office equipment. For this to have happened, for a house to have been paid for without being built, is proof enough that the management failed to implement checks and balances and failed in their duty. For four years.

    It is about time that Bajans woke up to the fact that government people must be held personally accountable for failures in management. Our government projects typically run at 200 to 300 percent of budget and NO ONE is ever held accountable.

    Will the Thompson DLP government give us more of the same – or do they have the courage to break this cycle of waste and theft in public service?

    Judging by their ITAL failures, we say same old, same old.

  39. Wishing in Vain

    Judging by their ITAL failures, we say same old, same old.

    I am amused, they are taking measures to clean up the mess that exist as we are clearly seeing but yet you question their willingness to address such matters???

    There is so much work to be done and they need not be distracted from the mission at hand.

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    BFP says,

    Without ITAL as a foundation, they are cleaning up a house built on sand.

    And… with no rules in place the DLP piggies who want to feed at the trough are able to!

    No rules against awarding a government contract to a company that a government official has an interest in… just like the BLP.

  40. Silence Dogood

    Just curious,

    Can anyone tell me; “What is the core philosophy of BFP?”

  41. BFP Cliverton Not Signed In

    Core Philosophy of BFP?

    That’s easy!

    Banks Beer, ITAL, Rum, Public discussion of all topics…

    … and more Rum and Banks!

    NExt question?

  42. Hants

    and more Rum and Banks!

    and fishing?

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  44. Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.–Terry Pratchett, British SF author, in book Jingo

  45. No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.–Lily Tomlin (1939–), U.S. comedienne

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  47. Fool me once

    Where is the forensic audit that Denis Lowe promised us six months ago? Was going to find out who did the thieving.

    Maybe it pointed right back to his department so they fired him?

  48. Question

    What government office had a whole file cabinet of incriminating evidence under 24 hour guard that evidenced kickbacks to the boss disappear from the office?

    This is the find the file game that goes on in Barbados every day.

  49. Sad To Say

    Politics makes strange bedfellows. Mia helped David destroy Clyde so that she could assume the leadership of the BLP without Clyde breathing down her neck. David in the mean while was able to get even with his #1 political nemesis. Mia and David have a basic understanding there will be posturing but NOTHING MORE. Both have enough information on each other to destroy each other’s political careers. Trust me on this one. They will spar in public making us believe that they cannot stand the best bone in each other’s bodies; however, this is noting more than a sham. Between these two they have worked out how they will cover each other’s back in order to ensure that they control the politics of our land for the next 25 years. What is interesting is the fact that MOST of the insiders in the BLP/ DLP are blissfully unaware of this arrangement. Bajans the time has come to remove the wool from our eyes.

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