Kammie Holder lays 11 preventable deaths at the door of Barbados government’s selective enforcement and complacency.

For the record, we at Barbados Free Press agree wholeheartedly with Kammie Holder about the deaths of 11 good people at the Arch Cot cave-in and Campus Trendz fire. Oh yes, Kammie asks questions in his piece, but all of us know he’s making statements. That’s just the way it is ’bout hey…

Kammie Holder - Candidate for Parliament?

“Why in the year 2010 do we have six young people in the prime of their lives dying because the Town Planning Department or the Barbados Fire Service may have been less than diligent?

We cannot allow this to be another Arch Cot, and families of these victims will be encouraged to seek redress via a civil suit, if the law permits. Did any Government institutions fail to enforce the law?

Thus, I ask these institutions what’s their mirror image? Tell us it’s not selective enforcement or complacency? Those with voices must speak for the voiceless.”

Read Kammie’s full article at The Nation: SWIMMING UPSTREAM: A mirror image to boast about?

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6 responses to “Kammie Holder lays 11 preventable deaths at the door of Barbados government’s selective enforcement and complacency.

  1. St George's Dragon

    Can someone bring some clarity and fact to this debate? There is a lot of finger pointing taking place around this tragedy in order to allocate blame but the Town & Country Planning Department and the Fire Service can only be “less than diligent” if they have a responsibility for these matters.

    Can anyone tell me authoritatively:

    1. Whether there is a mandatory Building Code. If there is, what CAP number applies and where can I buy a copy of the Code?

    2. Whether there is a Statutory requirement for building owners or occupiers to obtain a fire certificate as a pre-requisite to occupation? If there is, what CAP number applies, what Government body is responsible for managing the process and where can I find published information about it.

    The past President of the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers was quoted in the Nation as saying that the Code was published in 1993. My understanding is that it was, but the Government never enacted the legislation necessary to adopt the Code and put the force of law behind it.

    The BAPE itself has a draft of the Code on its website at http://www.bape.org for comment. Why, if it’s mandatory?

    Understanding the answers to these questions is essential if we are to see where we stand and what we need to do in the future.

  2. St George's Dragon

    I might have answered part of the question myself.

    There is an IDP loan proposal at http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=1252204 which is for modernisation of the Barbados National Standards System.

    Paragraph 1.13 says:

    “1.13 Construction: The National Strategic Plan has as target “Implementation of a national building code by 2006.” A national building code, prepared by BNSI, has existed for some time, and is now been revised by the institution in light of international standards and best practices. However, implementation of the building code, with monitoring and/or enforcement, has not yet been achieved. With a view to this objective, a Building Standards Act is being drafted in
    order to establish a Building Standards Authority and to legalize the code.”

    So it appears we have no mandatory Building Code.

  3. Kammie left this out here, which was on FB;-

    ‘The undermentioned was edited out from todays column.’

    “Is this not the same police force which has one of two riot suppression vehicles nicknamed the pig sitting idly by at District A.? If you are in doubt ask the Tudor fella Johnny. Are we to believe it’s a case of not knowing how to spend money and embrace technology to provide visual patrolling? Is this the mirror image we want for the best police force in the world? Perhaps, my friend Sgt Moore can tell you how to do it. Next week I will write on how the British Customs let the white bajans pass three times, but always stop me a black tourist.”

  4. objectives and appearances

    The main objective of most government behaviour ( political and bureaucratic ) is to behave as something is actually happening so that monies can be tapped nationally and internationally.

    If someone was actually tasked to complete something such as have the Parliament pass and IMPLEMENT the legislation, then what would they do next?

    It all starts with the leaders and their plan of action and committment to real change. We are still waiting but waiting really wont change anything!!!

    The IADB and other international agencies need to stop funding failure to act and implement. Its a fundamental requirement for addiction reform.

  5. John

    St George’s Dragon
    September 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm
    I might have answered part of the question myself.

    There is an IDP loan proposal at http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=1252204 which is for modernisation of the Barbados National Standards System.

    Paragraph 1.13 says:

    “1.13 Construction: The National Strategic Plan has as target “Implementation of a national building code by 2006.” A national building code, prepared by BNSI, has existed for some time, and is now been revised by the institution in light of international standards and best practices. However, implementation of the building code, with monitoring and/or enforcement, has not yet been achieved. With a view to this objective, a Building Standards Act is being drafted in
    order to establish a Building Standards Authority and to legalize the code.”

    So it appears we have no mandatory Building Code.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    There could also be another explanation.

    An IADB loan means foreign exchange.

    A study is a study and nothing has to be done until the need for another study emerges.

    More foreign exchange.

    Check the number of studies commissioned on the Transport Board.

    I was involved in one decades ago and was given three or four previous studies …. to study.

    The Scotland District has been studied to death and still the waste at Greenland occured.

    Another study is on the cards.

  6. 67

    God bless lawyers who become politicians
    for they sorely need all the help they can get.