What kind of wealth does it take to give away US$150,000 dollars in after-tax income to a cricket charity? Barbados Free Press asked that question in a January 15, 2008 article A Reminder On Election Day: Prime Minister Owen Arthur Personally Donates US$150,000 In After Tax Income To…
Everyone knows that the previous BLP government reached new heights of corruption. What more need be said with dozens of projects worth millions and millions of dollars handed out like candy without legal documents being signed? The BLP has a legacy of perfecting political office as a road from rags to riches.
Such style, too! A BLP Government Minister who built a home for his mistress on land his government expropriated, a Prime Minister who was caught depositing a “corporate campaign donation” cheque into his personal bank account and could only say “ooooops” and so many over-priced government contracts awarded to friends, lovers and family members – sometimes for doing no work at all.
And it wasn’t all huge contracts either. For our Barbados Treasury the little thefts and overages were like a death of a thousand cuts. Like when former Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley paid her good friend Richild Springer $30,000 for a two-week “consulting” contract – which included money for accomodations even though Ms. Springer was Mia’s house-guest at the time! And that was only one small example of hundreds of similar “consulting” contracts issued by the past government.
And then we have the “middlemen” like Hallam Nichols and so many others who were paid five and ten percent of our tax dollars to “source” government supplies… as if our government employees were incapable of picking up the phone or getting on the internet and discovering how much a new fleet of garbage trucks or buses would cost.
And all these millions flowed with no oversight, no accountability and no transparency. Even today, Barbados still doesn’t have laws that prohibit the receiving of gifts by holders of public offices.
David Thompson Gave Us Hope With His Hardwood Revelations
Oh yes… during the election campaign, David Thompson and the DLP talked about wrong-doing and corruption by the Owen Arthur/Mia Mottley government. Elect Thompson and the DLP, we were told, and there would be forensic audits, accountability and recovery of the stolen monies. Thompson waved around the Hardwood scandal as a big example. So what do we hear now?
Now David Thompson Is Delivering Cow Dung
“This is 2008 and it is not easy to tap into a person’s personal bank account and find necessary deposits…” … Prime Minister David Thompson quoted in the Nation News.
Excuse me, Mr. Prime Minister?
“This is 2008 and it is not easy to tap into a person’s personal bank account and find necessary deposits…”
Are you joking? With all the anti-money laundering requirements and computerisation of Barbados banks, it is far easier to access financial information than at any time in history! All you need is a judge’s order and some courage.
And cut the cow dung about really meaning to get to bottom of things. If you really meant to get to the bottom of things, you would have already approached the United States FBI for legal access to that pile of VECO Barbados information that they seized as evidence!
Here… let me assist you how Barbados or the FBI would conduct an investigation of where the missing $100 million dollars is that disappeared when the BLP hired corrupt VECO Corporation to build our oil terminal and new prison. Here is just one investigative strategy…
You ask the FBI for all the supplier records and payment records for the VECO Barbados projects. Then you do corporate searches to find the shell companies in the USA that “middle-manned” the supplies. Then you follow the money for “consulting” contracts paid out by the suppliers. It will take some slogging through business records and some honest work and manpower, but it really is simple.
AND ALSO… you can get that corrupt, re-virginated Chief Justice to issue some judge’s warrants against the bank account of his old drinking buddy, Mr. Owen Arthur. We KNOW that Owen deposited “campaign donation” cheques into his personal account and never claimed them as income – because he admitted the same to you in Parliament.
Do you have the courage to clean up this mess, Prime Minister Thompson? Do so… and don’t be laying on so thick cow dung like “Wahloss, de banks have no business records dem”
PRIME MINISTER DAVID THOMPSON is convinced that millions of dollars “bizarrely spent” during the previous Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Administration are now stashed in foreign bank accounts.
He did not call any names but he made it clear that he hoped one day to be able to track down the bank accounts and expose the culprits.
“Week after week in Cabinet, we unearth horror stories of how millions and millions of dollars were spent in the most bizarre of circumstances,” Thompson said as he addressed the Canadian branch of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in Toronto on Saturday night.
“This is 2008 and it is not easy to tap into a person’s personal bank account and find necessary deposits, but I am saying tonight that the money that was spent so recklessly in the past 14 years has not all dissolved into outer space, although much of it is not in Barbados.
“It is somewhere hidden and I intend to find some, if not all, of it,” the Prime Minister said.
“We are not talking about a few hundred dollars here. We are not confusing ourselves with petty cash or other fine change. We are talking about millions and millions of dollars that could otherwise have gone into social, infrastructural and economic development policies and projects for the benefit of Barbadians,” he charged…
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