Updated July 18, 2010
Here’s an article about the ABC Highway scandal that we first published in July 2009. It’s a year later and has anyone been charged? Any lawsuits launched to recover our stolen/wasted tax dollars?
You mek sport!
My friends, read it again and weep for your country. We predicted (and we were correct) that no one would be held accountable and that nothing would happen because there is only one political party on this island. DLP = BLP = DLP = BLP.
We were wrong about one thing though: the Auditor General did post his report on the internet and it revealed that 3S, the US firm that obtained the contract, submitted a proposal to the Owen Arthur government a week before the tender was announced (start hysterical laughter here).
It doesn’t matter though… the money is gone and no one will be charged or otherwise held accountable.
Original article published July 29, 2009…
Welcome to Barbados, folks!
In the past few days we have learned once again that this is truly a country for the “entrepreneurial” politician.
You see – it doesn’t matter how many tens of millions of dollars are missing at the end of a major project, no one ever goes to jail. There is always the speech in Parliament – duly reported in the papers of course – castigating the previous government for all manner of “recklessness and wastage… bordering on corruption” – but no jail.
The Auditor General prepared a “SPECIAL” report that will never be posted on the AG’s website or revealed in full to the public. The Prime Minister has made a few speeches and his Ministers have clucked their tongues. “No tender was issued” they say…. but there will be no person held accountable. No person will be sued. No person will lose their job.
Why will this matter of the missing twenty or thirty million dollars be allowed to fade away into oblivion?
Two reasons, actually…
1/ Prime Minister Thompson and the DLP have a gentlemen’s agreement with the BLP that no members of the previous BLP Arthur/Mottley government will be prosecuted for wrongdoing. No one from the previous government has been prosecuted for any wrongdoing – nor will they ever be.
2/ Barbados lacks the laws and the codified standards necessary to prosecute public officials for common acts of corruption. Barbados government officials – elected and appointed – are legally allowed to receive gifts from persons and companies doing business with the government. In short, it is not illegal for an elected or appointed government official to receive any size gift from a government contractor or for a government official to award a contract to a company owned by a spouse or even by themselves.
Prime Minister Thompson promised to establish integrity legislation and conflicts of interest rules by April of 2008. He lied, so he can hardly hold the BLP thieves to account when his government ministers are happy to continue operating under the same rules that allowed the BLP to steal millions.
Barbados taxpayers will pick up the bill as usual.
So enjoy these newspaper articles about people who will never go to jail. The articles are the sum total of anything like punishment that the BLP Ministers will ever see…