UPDATED: October 24, 2011
Corrupt Barbados politicians breath sigh of relief as last VECO accused is sentenced in Alaska.
Nothing was too good for any politician who could award multi-million dollar government contracts to VECO of Alaska. The corrupt company gave cash, renovated homes, bought cars, trips and condos for politicians as their standard method of operation.
That is just how VECO operated worldwide: they obtained government contracts by bribing politicians, but Barbados politicians would have you believe that none of that went on here. No Sir!
And what did the Government of Barbados do when Barbados Free Press broke the story to the Barbados public that VECO executives and politicians were being arrested?
Well… good old Attorney General Dale Marshall announced that he would have a meeting with VECO executives to get the truth of the story… to see if any improper payments were made by VECO to Barbados government officials and politicians.
Yup… Attorney General Dale Marshall met with those VECO executives for a half an hour one morning and then held a press conference to announce that everything was on the up and up because the VECO executives said it was.
This is the same VECO that the Owen Arthur/Mia Mottley BLP government of Barbados hired without open competitive bidding to build our oil terminal and our new prison. VECO had never built a prison before, but by god, they were given the contract as a gift by then Attorney General Mia Mottley and Prime Minister Owen Arthur.
How much did VECO give to BLP politicians?
One source says that Mia Mottley received over $100,000 in undeclared “campaign contributions” from VECO Corporation that she fed into her constituency office. This is only what the folks in the office saw and is probably a fraction of the total. After all, if VECO received a billion dollars in government contracts, you can bet that they paid out more than a lousy $100 grand.
Our same source says that Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s constituency office also received big money from VECO, but on the amount they are unsure. Would Arthur have accepted less than his Attorney General that he barely tolerated?
As far as the DLP government goes, they never requested any evidence from the FBI even though all the VECO accounts were available and tape recordings showed that payments and favours in Barbados were discussed. Throwing rocks in glass houses and all that.
So it’s all over now. The Corrupt Bastards Club of Barbados walked free from what could have been a very sticky VECO wicket indeed.
Congratulations boys and girls… with no Integrity Legislation, no Freedom of Information laws we citizens of Barbados will never know the details.
But we still can see the truth.
Reuters: Final defendants in Alaska corruption case plead guilty
Further Reading that should Outrage Bajans
November 17, 2008 – The FBI VECO Documents that Mottley and Thompson don’t want Bajans to see.
September 22, 2008 – Barbados Prime Minister Thompson Confirms Previous Government Officials Stashed Millions In Foreign Bank Accounts
August 20, 2008: VECO’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” has a Barbados Chapter
August 15, 2008: Why Won’t Prime Minister Thompson Investigate VECO’s Corrupt Acts In Barbados?
Original Article: March 4, 2011…
Government conceals the true costs of Dodds Prison for a reason
Finance Minister Chris Sinckler revealed in yesterday’s Nation that we pay $30 million dollars for Dodds Prison every January, but he didn’t say how much we pay during the other months, how much we’ve paid so far, or how long the payments continue.
We aren’t told how much VECO provided to Barbados politicians in “campaign donations”
Mr. Sinckler doesn’t tell us how much of a premium we paid for the “financing” of the prison versus how much it would have been to pay for the prison outright, or to have borrowed the money from other sources rather than through the BOLT method that was chosen. We aren’t told what the expected operating, refurbishment and depreciation costs are over the life of the prison. We aren’t provided with different models based upon varying scenarios of the prison’s life expectancy.
We aren’t told how much VECO provided to Barbados politicians in “campaign donations”, and we aren’t told how many “fact finding” trips by Barbados politicians were paid for by VECO. We aren’t provided with a list of every company, contractor or supplier who received payment from VECO associated with the prison.
And we sure aren’t told who the ultimate beneficiaries of the construction, operation and financing are because undoubtedly some of the elected and appointed government officials had a piece of the action then, and probably still do. Continue reading