Respected community leader: Some Barbados politicians might be taking payoffs from drug gangs

When Drug Money, Gangs and Politics mix – Worries in Barbados

The Chairman of the Barbados Youth Development Council made a surprising remark last Friday and said in public what many folks have whispered to each other privately. Roger Husbands came right up to the line for public comment in Barbados, and even more surprising The Nation printed some of what he said…

POLITICIANS are either “getting assistance” to keep quiet about gang activities in their constituencies, or they just don’t care, says Roger Husbands.

Speaking yesterday during a quarterly meeting for the Barbados Youth Development Council, chairman Husbands blasted politicians…

… from The Nation article MPs urged to face gang problems in districts

In Barbados it is legal for drug dealers to make secret “campaign donations” to Members of Parliament

Roger Husbands is to be admired for his courage and straight talking – which we’ve seen reported before in Ian Bourne’s Gangs of Barbados article.

Now Mr. Husbands has made new remarks and his concerns are especially timely considering that as I write this article Jamaica is aflame with riots and shooting as drug gangs battle police for control of the streets – and it’s all about drug money injected into politics.

The news in Jamaica is about the relationship between Prime Minister Bruce Golding and the murderous drug dealer ‘businessman’ Christopher “Dudus” Coke. If the news stories are to be believed, Dudus Coke the gang leader was a big political supporter of PM Golding, and in return Jamaican government contracts were given to the “legitimate businessman” Mr. Coke.

The folks over at Jamaica and the World blog are asking Prime Minister Golding’s wife Lorna Golding what she meant when she told people to “read between the lines”…

“Is it that Bruce received a reminder from ‘Dudus’ that he,  Dudus, made him, Bruce, the M.P. for West Kingston  ? And can make him the “former M.P. of West Kingston” anytime….. (snip)

… Or should we read between the lines and stop feeling sorry for Bruce, who having sold out to Dudus so he could be PM,  has now turned around and sold out Dudus in order to remain PM for a few more weeks and months ?

Approving the extradition order for Dudus was the cross…. Now we’re waiting to find out what’s the DOUBLE CROSS.”

… from the Jamaica and the World article Reading between the lines with Lorna Golding (and Dudus Coke)

Drug Gangs and Political Financing in Barbados – Barbados politicians don’t have to account for money they receive, and there are no laws about who can “donate” and how much.

Roger Husbands’ statements to the Barbados Youth Development Council are a warning. Barbados has no campaign financing laws. There is no transparency. There are no rules. No integrity legislation. No conflict of interest laws. No restrictions on who can give how much money to politicians.

No rules and it’s all done in secret. That’s the Barbados political financing reality.

Mr. Husbands is right to be worried that drug gangs are part of the financing to Barbados politicians, and that the gangs might be protected in return.

We’ve all heard the whispers, but now a respected community leader has said those whispers out loud.

What will Barbados Members of Parliament do about it?

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12 responses to “Respected community leader: Some Barbados politicians might be taking payoffs from drug gangs

  1. Cheryl Newton

    Is it true that a known drug dealer builds houses for NHC?

  2. Johnny Postle

    BFP you did’nt! We are a moral society. The only wrong thing that politicians do is not the right thing. We do not take bribes, nor do we get draw backs. We just except gifts and that is a big difference. A gift is a not deal between companies and us. It is an extension of gratitude for offering us the contract. In return the company feels ‘obliged’ to show their appreciation in a substantial monetary gift. We do not liase with drug dealers or gang leaders. Such affiliation would be totally detrimental to our characters and reputations. I am ashame of you BFP for even asserting such a claim.

  3. 17

    Politician need funds to buy votes. The money must come from somewhere. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

    Whether it is the drug lord or a legitimate business person who provides the funds to the politician, requests for favours in return are expected.

  4. yatinkiteasy

    I saw a uniformed policman buying a pirated DVD from guy on the corner of First Caribbean Bank at Oistins. Is this not illegal?

  5. Straight talk

    Huh! Just as illegal as the bigup pirate buying the policeman,

  6. BFP

    Hey 17!

    You’ve got it!

    With no rules we, the public, have no way of knowing who is funding the politicians… and “who calls the piper calls the tune” is right. That’s why if we restrict the amount and who can give, our society can clean up the mess. Oh sure, people will want to break the rules but then they can get caught. Cap the amount that corporations and individuals can legally give! Make politicians and political parties account for what comes in and what goes out!

  7. ki

    the biggest drug smuggler gangs are big businesses, the CIA and government operatives such as Customs etc payed to look the other way.

  8. Crossroads

    Gangs like they paying Priest too. Who is the big up church man that say the gangs in Barbados are not like the ones in USA. LOL

  9. i wonder

    Bajan politicians like who? Hammie La?

  10. curious

    What about michael lashley and bounty in stphilip north?

  11. Avatar Gurl

    Well well!

    Is only because it happen in JAMAICA first that people DOWN HERE could talk about it NOW!

    You think if the USA didn’t ask fuh Dudus head, that ANYBODY in Bim could even say that NORMALLY?

    Jigga, Please! Such stupidity!

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