Sweetheart deals and no public auctions to dispose of government BMWs
A few weeks ago The Nation published the above photo of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur apparently about to enter a BMW 4×4. Nice wheels, Owen!
As you will recall, the Arthur/Mottley BLP Government allowed an unknown (read ‘secret’) number of new BMW autos to be imported duty free into Barbados for the Cricket World Cup. After Barbados Free Press raised a fuss and questioned who would end up owning them for cheap, the public was told that no big-wigs would end up with the duty-free autos after CWC.
Now understand this: we’re not making any allegations here because we don’t know any facts and we have no method of discovering the truth.
David Thompson and the DLP promised Freedom of Information legislation within the first 100 days in power – but that promise wasn’t convenient once the DLP formed a government. So… we have no way of formally requesting information as to where those duty free Cricket World Cup BMW autos ended up.
Hey… Owen Arthur is a wealthy man. If Owen Arthur can donate US$150,000 dollars in after-tax income to a cricket charity, he can sure afford to buy a couple of BMW autos. Or a dozen.
So how about it, Owen? Is your BMW one of the CWC duty free models? And where did the other duty free autos end up?
Hey… We’re just asking!
October 26, 2006,. Luxury Auto Dealership Opens At Barbados Courts!