UPDATED: February 15, 2011
We’re reminding everyone of this story for a reason: The Arch Cot Inquest resumes on February 17, 2011 and BFP is about to publish an article showing how government corruption in land dealings contributed to the deaths of five members of the Codrington family.
Nothing changed with the election of the DLP Government in 2008. The piggies are still feeding at the trough – just a new group of piggies, that’s all.
Original Story published October 15, 2009…
“On two occasions, lands for which the infrastructural development was funded by the Corporation were placed under the control of private developers for allocation to potential buyers. There was no clear benefit for the Corporation from this course of action. With applications in excess of 24,000, there was no benefit in allowing private developers to allocate land, without any stipulations about whom the land should be sold to.”
… from the report of Auditor General Special Audit of the National Housing Corporation (available at the Auditor General’s website here)
(Sure, no benefit to the corporation – but many benefits to friends of the BLP government!)
How crooked BLP politicians and their friends ended up with public land for cheap!
How the Thompson DLP Government will protect the guilty!
Barbados Auditor General Leigh Trotman’s just released report on the National Housing Corporation should be a nuclear bomb dropped onto Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, Gline Clarke and so many others from the previous BLP administration.
“Should be a nuclear bomb…”, that is. Not “Will be…”
Why? Simple… the current David Thompson DLP Government of Barbados has a tacit agreement with the Opposition BLP that no corruption charges will be brought against any member of the former government.
To be sure, many harsh words will be spoken. The Prime Minister and his team will go on and on about the dishonest and questionable acts of the BLP Government – but they will never single out any particular person or gather real evidence and place it before a court.
So we again will have much noise but no action. No person will be charged. No lawsuits will be launched to recover our land or land profits from any particular persons.
And best of all, we still have no integrity legislation, conflict of interest laws or freedom of information that David Thompson and his own piggies promised to implement by April of 2008.
Oink! Oink! as the DLP digs into the public trough with the same lack of rules and standards as the previous BLP government. Oink! Oink!
Giving Land to Politicians’ Friends and Mistresses
“2.10 This arrangement resulted in an inexperienced developer with no track record being assigned a major development of 89 lots to complete on his own at Ellerton, (Buckley Meadows), St. George.
2.11 The contractor had never done any work with the Corporation before, nor is there any evidence that the Corporation was aware of the company’s track record. In addition, there was no due diligence carried out on the financial capabilities of this firm. It should also be noted that the bid submitted to construct the houses was unsolicited.
2.17 It should be noted that the developer did not draw on the list of applicants at the Corporation when allocating housing solutions, instead selection was based on those persons who had applied directly to it. These applications were then forwarded to the Corporation. This is not the procedure which the Corporation generally follows when allocating lots. Persons are normally chosen from its database of existing applications.
2.18 Another developer was allocated 12 lots at Lower Burney, St. Michael, by the Corporation, upon written instruction from the Ministry of Housing. There was no evidence that this entity had applied to the Corporation, nor was any formal agreement seen in place between the Corporation and this developer.
Corporation’s Response: It should be reflected that the Corporation received instructions from the Ministry of Housing and Lands to enter into a contract with these developers.
4.4 There were a number of housing solutions and lots whichwere offered or sold to persons who were not approved by the Board, or had no record of a completed application form as required. In some instances persons recommended by the Board were not allocated lots, but instead were replaced by the personnel of the Corporation.
Corporation’s Response: It was stated that lots were allocated to persons for whom either application or approval by the Board was not seen. While that maybe true it should be noted that this is usually the case where there is political intervention.
NHC Special Report Pages 11, 12, 13, 27
Government Minister Gline Clarke’s Mistress Got Land – How about you?
Let’s revisit a Barbados Free Press article from September 5, 2006…
According to a BFP source, once the privately-owned land was seized by the government, the building lot then “somehow” passed from public ownership and into private hands again – through a magical process that is not altogether unknown in Barbados.
… from the BFP article Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land