Something ‘on the side’ as Bajan as whistling frogs
Call it ‘consulting fees’ or whatever you like. Everybody on this little rock knows what you’re talking about. It’s that extra one percent or ten percent or twenty percent that taxpayers pay for everything; for every road project, for every new school desk, for every latch and toilet in the new prison. For everything.
And it has cost our children and our grandchildren and Barbados the greatness we have sought and so rightly deserve. It undermines our economy. It teaches our young people that success comes from manipulation and theft, not hard work. These ‘consulting fees’ are never asked for, never offered in a direct manner. It is subtle and incideous because it is so casual and difficult to prove. And on this little rock, no one likes to say too much about the subject.
Now it is done subtly, never with too much flash like the old days… and it works like this:
I want that government contract for that new school, or new road or new batch of medical supplies for the hospital. You have the ability to make that contract happen, or to influence the information that the deciding government official bases the purchasing decision upon. You also have a son who wants to go to school over and away. So… my company hires your son as a ‘consultant’. Maybe he gets some ‘reports’ or ‘research’ for my company to make things look good. Then my company pays your son in the UK while he’s going to school.
And my company gets that contract.
See? Nothing wrong there! Just people doing business. Can anybody prove there is a trade? Can anybody prove that the consultant job is related to the government contract? See? Nothing wrong there!
Except… there is something wrong…
Bajans for Prosperity says…
Duguid recently pointed out on national airways that certain items were being purchased by the QEH from J&R World Trade at rates substantially higher than could be obtainable locally. Duguid has called J&R a “shadow company”. Although J&R claims to have been in business for 25 years, we are not of the opinion that Duguid is entirely wrong. We are convinced that J&R is in fact one of the companies through which (Name removed by BFP editor) makes certain arrangements to inflate costs and put extra cash from the QEH into his pocket. If it is not his own pockets being lined, then as (position removed by BFP) we believe that he should take all the blame nonetheless for the purchasing scandal nonetheless.
According to the prices Duguid quoted, (Name removed by BFP) is making or authorizing purchases at outrageously higher prices than could otherwise be obtained from Collins Ltd in Barbados.
At a time when this island is struggling, when sick mothers and daughters can’t get medical treatment, when the Ambulance service can’t get to sick people, when taxes are going up and the Government coffers are empty, could it be that the man charged with procuring our medical supplies (and we doubt he is alone) lines his pockets with our hard-earned tax dollars? We should all feel personally robbed and violated.
There is nothing against using foreign suppliers if they are cheaper and/or their product is better. If, however, that is not the case, then when QEH money goes wrongfully overseas, not only does (Name removed by BFP) cause money to be taken unjustly, he causes it to be taken directly from our sick family members who need the hospital to have resources, and from our schools, and from our children. It destroys local medical suppliers, and their staff, who require that business to have jobs. It bankrupts the local economy. It’s stealing blindly from every one of us, and from the promise of our brighter future.
We urge Duguid, and anyone else with a spine inside BLP, and anyone with dignity in the DLP, to look at the time when (Name removed by BFP) started at the QEH. Check how soon after his employment began did purchases start being made by the QEH from J&R World Trade. Check when the QEH began purchasing “supplies” from other tiny companies too – some which we believe may have been founded after he started his new job.
We urge this ministry of justice to look into these allegations and prosecute (Name removed by BFP) if fault can be found. To use our diplomatic ties with the United States to prosecute anyone at J&R who might be complicit if these actions can be considered bribing a government official. We urge the people of this nation to open your eyes to the corruption around you, and demand more from our Governments! Demand a hearing into this purchase scandal at the QEH. Demand integrity from our officials, not just the regular political noise. Demand freedom of information! Demand not to be lied to, or robbed from, or forgotten, and punish those who do. Remind our leaders that by their actions and inactions we have been wounded, but we are watching, and we are waiting, and not long from now we will throw off again these economic chains that bind us to those who exploit us.
We are free, we are united, and together we are strong. We demand a better Barbados and we will uncover anyone who acts against us. We will expose their vindictive crusade, and with the light of Christ we shall cast them out.
By His mercy we will work to forgive them, but we will never, ever, forget.
~ We are the people. We are “Bajans For Prosperity“
Note: We trust that the Barbados Free Press will as always post any response to the above that may set any inaccuracies straight. If we are lucky perhaps, someone will come forward with QEH’s books.