Source: Barbados SSA Corruption By BLP Minister Liz Thompson, Andrew Thomas – Conflict of Interest By Stanton Alleyne

BLP Minister Liz Thompson And Bid Fixing At The Sanitation Service Authority

THE FOLLOWING comes to us from an anonymous source who used a proxy remailer from Austria. We have no way of knowing who this person is, whether the information is true, partially true, or whether there is a bit of mischief afoot.

Nonetheless we’re going to print the letter and see what our readers can make of it.

With no transparency, freedom of information laws, conflict of interest standards or accountability legislation, Barbados citizens can only scratch the surface of government wrong-doing by talking and pooling our knowledge.

Let’s see what our readers think of this piece. Once again, take with lots of salt…

Dear BFP,

I had meant to address your article about the General Manager of the SSA, appearing on your blog on 28 June 2008 entitled Garbage Strike Is A Side Issue In The National Debate About Corruption In Public Service, but work constraints prevented me from addressing the issue before.

First, I think you are providing a good service but given your lack of resources (unlike the mainstream media) you tend to rush headlong at times without checking. This may also be due to the fact that you lack the contacts and time to pursue certain issues properly. Be that as it may I think you mean well, even if at times you are way out at left wing.

What is interesting from the comments following the SSA blog is that the majority of the public obviously believes that every civil servant is a thief, even when they do not have the facts of a matter.

This case is really a case of ‘A Man Scorned’. Mr. Thomas is that man scorned and he would go to any length to get his money. It is interesting that BFP readers talk about Alleyne is a BLP crook etc. etc. not knowing that Andrew Thomas was in cahoots with BLP ministers and operatives.

So leh we go. Mr. Thomas was told to underbid for work at the SSA by the then Minister of Health Liz Thompson, who told him that any cost over-runs would be taken care of by the ‘GOVERNMENT”. Government here does not mean the BLP, it means the taxpayers. This cost overrun ploy was the modus operandus of many contractors, especially those who had high up BLP friends.

When Mr. Thomas bid for the work, Chris Griffith was the General Manager of the SSA and Stanton Alleyne was the Deputy General Manager. The work was done, however, Mr. Thomas claimed, as was advised, for cost over-runs. Griffith subsequently retired and Mr. Alleyne became Acting General Manager. Mr. Thomas wrote to Alleyne asking to be paid for the cost over-runs that he felt was dues to him. Mr. Alleyne refused to pay Mr. Thomas saying that he did not see work that warranted the sums that Mr. Thomas was asking for. (IF ALLEYNE WAS IN THOMAS’ POCKET WOULD HE NOT HAVE PAID HIM AND LOOK TO GET SOME OF THE MONEY?).

The two cheques being talked about are for $500 each totalling $1,000. Really, that is shite money for a GM. What this ‘Man Spurned’ (Thomas) did was hire two cars on two different occasions from Mr. Alleyne. Like most senior civil servants Mr. Alleyne has a small hired car business – which I find disgusting – but is it illegal. I think the lawyers and the union did not want to put it in the public domain that Alleyne has hired cars. Anyway in payment for the cars, a devious Thomas wrote the cheques to Stanton Alleyne. When you write someone a cheque you do not say what it is for, however, it is there for record that X received a cheque from you. Thus he sends these two cheques to the new Board and they hot-and-sweaty fire Alleyne.

Dr. Don Marshall always knows almost everything and pretends that he is a neutral commentator but yet he is made chairman of a board and all he can do is summarily fire a man without investigating a matter properly. And heck the neutral commentator that he is and champion of the people could find himself in Westbury Cemetery telling grave diggers that they should arrive at work at a specific time. Grave diggers know what they have to do and when they have to do it for. Are families complaining that graves are being delivered late? As one of your bloggers pointed out, the Board sets policy not go on the job to direct workers. But power does get to all uh them.

If he is well verse in governance issues he would know that he and his board should resign. How will they work with a man that they tried to fire? But people like Don want power so while they shame they don’t have the guts to give it up. Don’t fuhget that he wanted to run for the seat which James Paul won.

We have to be careful in this country. This country is too small for people to be hired only on the basis that they are B, D, NDP or Pep. We don’t need that type of tribalism. Many of us supported the DLP in the January election because we were pissed off with the tired antics of Owen, Mia and the BLP. But for that Run For Your Money rum-grabbing JACKASS Rev. Massiah to suggest that the DLP should fix up DEMS makes me cringe. The BLP played this game and it upset be immensely and I would not be taking it from the DEMS. For a party that castigated stupid Lammy Craig for his Douglas Leopold Phillips speech in Parliament to keep silent following Massiah’s pronouncements is frightening. I wonder which bible Massiah reads. He probably does be too drunk to read the Bible.

Yes the new government needed to get the rid of George Edgehill because he at times behave as a BLP government operativ not a civil servant. No one would believe that there was a GM at NHC. But to get the rid of all GM and senior civil servants should not be condoned. They are Bajans out there who do not rabidly support any party but they are qualified and are willing to work hard to see this country progress, should they be made to suffer because they are not DEms now and then later because they are not Bees.

I’ve said enough, I await those stinging replies.

The Soothsayer

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16 responses to “Source: Barbados SSA Corruption By BLP Minister Liz Thompson, Andrew Thomas – Conflict of Interest By Stanton Alleyne

  1. Hants

    If my memory serves me correctly, the last campaign focused primarily on corruption by the BLP Government over the last 14 years.

    I watched DLP youtube videos that convinced me that the above could be true.
    “Time for a change from the corrupt BLP Government.”

    Are these firings of “small fish” a precursor of “things to come”?
    Will the forensic audits prove the allegations of corruption?

    We will just have to hurry up and wait.

  2. Fool me once

    There is enough in that letter to say that it rings true and some is just a person’s opinion. Does tell us though that there should not be allowed to have politicians and civil servants scratching each other’s back at our expense.

    What we need is for some honest people to stand up and tell it like it is. Maybe that put a stop to some of it knowing it will come out.

  3. Straight talk

    Wha’ happen to the dollar exchange excuse.

    Now it’s hire cars and apartments.

    Next up lotto machines and Guyanese prostitutes.

    Can someone in authority stand up, say enough of all this crap, and tell us the plain honest truth or is this too much to ask?

    For a government elected on its promise of transparency this is a signal failure of communication, which, if left much longer, will be interpreted as amateurish showmanship.

  4. Wishing In Vain

    This person Stanton Alleyne will find that the evidence is being heavily stacked up against him as we speak, it is growing by the minute.

    Tell me how does a person on the salary of a civil servant find the necessary funds to build multiple apartments buildings plus a brand spanking new house??

    There is a quickly growing list of fraud being laid against Alleyne.

  5. J

    Dear Soothsayer:

    No stinging replies.

    I commented on these blogs already about the nonsense spoken by Errington Massiah and somebody called Nandwani way supported him in the paper.

    George came and parked the government’s big jeep in my yard one time and I was standing in my kitchen door and the man walked off without even saying “ya cat ya dog ya”. I waited until I knew he was sitting comfortably at his party and walked over to the house and made him come back and move the government’s vehicle off my property. He was trespassed on my property as though it was a government housing unit. It is not. I spent years raising chickens and getting up up at 4:30 a.m. to slaughter them in order to buy this place and that man tried to treat my property like a public place.

    I don’t know what accounts for the arrogance of some Bajan men.

    Stupseeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Anon

    I believe that letter was written by Hal Gallop to make his client Alleyne look good.

  7. See Thru

    I disagree Anon. In fact if you study it carefully you can see through easy who that person is. Check out the wording and cuss words {but how aunt Mosie didnt quarrel about that?} and you could tell exactly who that person is. The biggest clue of all in the last sentence which said I await those stinging replies.

  8. crossroads

    “hurry up and wait”…lol…

  9. Sony

    Waiting in vain

    How can you suggest that the only way civil servants can seek to improve themselves and invest in their future by owning property is through illegal means. Please take a break from posting nonsense on these blogs.

  10. Wishing In Vain

    SONY,
    Do not be an idiot, I said Tell me how does a person on the salary of a civil servant find the necessary funds to build multiple apartments buildings plus a brand spanking new house??

    If you had an ounce off common sense you would full understand my comments, seeing that you are unable to understand what I am saying I would suggest you seek the help of someone or some group to explain what it really means.

    It would be very much the norm to find a civil servant with A home but for that same civil servant to have multiple Apartment blocks and a new home it begs the question where the sudden rush of wealth originate from, simple and plain and if I were to guess it would be from his connection to Hallam Nicholls and the unneeded and unused spare parts that he and Nicholls concocted to scam us with.

  11. Waiting in Vain For A Brain

    Alleyne has one set of apartments and one house that he has had for 20 or more years. As the letter said he once had a good hire car business which he sold. A GM who has captial from selling a business cant have his own house and a set of apartments?

    jesus. when yall come out to assasinate people you dont care what you say.

  12. Wishing In Vain

    I hate to awaken you from your slumber, but 3 Apartment blocks and a house completed less than six months ago.

    When you attempt to defend get the facts right, also lets talk about recent documentation recently produced showing he revised a submitted quotation and paid the said person the increased figure.

    Or the signed document stating that the bribe was paid to get contracts.

  13. Tell me Why

    Do not be an idiot, I said Tell me how does a person on the salary of a civil servant find the necessary funds to build multiple apartments buildings plus a brand spanking new house??
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    WIV, you can answer a simple question. How can someone without a job from a poor family build a four bedroom house with pool and purchase a Mercedes car, a F150 and more gold than Diamonds International? So ease up with the civil servant talk since the bank usually own all your assets.

  14. .188

    I do not fully understand the gravity of allocations meted towards civil servants but what little I understand of the salary system of the Barbados Government’s civil service, I think that the ‘ Professional Servants’ are grossly under paid.

    It was told to me that within the ministries of Barbados, they are persons who possessed very good qualifications from highy accredited international universities who are paid very poorly because of some system of salary scales.

    If this is true of the payment system of Barbados, I can see the element of fustration beseting some persons and how easily it is for these persons to involve themselves in the cycle of money corruption. If expertise enables the management of a specific process to function according to the standards of that process that benefits the organisation in a way that brings much rewards then that expertise should be duly rewarded and all prestiges and entitlements should also follow.

    THe exposure of many ills of corruption in Barbados showed that persons were being paid very high wages for services that were primarily alligned to specific political affiliation. In some instances the wages were not a reflection of services rendered but a means of extending a helping hand to a friend or an unemployed poor soul. In the case of that popular calypsonian, what qualified him to be paid close to BDS84,000.00 dollars a year and a civil servant with a Masters in let us say Environmental Toxicolgy a salary of BDS52,000.00 a year.

    My rational behind my reasoning is that if you under pay persons for what they are really worth would those persons not find ways and means of making ends meet? Just my thoughts!!

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

    BFP says,

    Yes… the simplest way to destroy any society is to underpay those with power and authority. Start with the police, then the politicians and civil servants. Underpay those three groups as does Barbados and it sets the foundations of corruption for the entire country.

  15. Waiting in Vain For A Brain

    Waiting in Vain

    The free press is a great tool for thinking and expressing oneself but just know that like the boy who cried wolf, the more you talk without knowing and the more you state opinions as facts it will not only hurt your credibility but water down the real world impact of free speech sites like this one.

    Mr.Alleyne had a lucrative car rental business which he sold and used as a downpayment to build the one and only apartment building he has. His other house he has lived in for 20 or more years that was renovated in the early 90s.

    WIV, the cheque issue is one thing but dont fabricate evidence, stick to what is known. Dont use the luxury of free speech as a pulprit for self gratification.

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