BWA Facing Water Challenges: Special Audit of the Barbados Water Authority EXPOSED

Submitted by John Dillinger

Ionics plant was never run at full capacity according to Auditor General report

See link to Report by the Auditor General of the Special Audit into the BWA commissioned by Minister of Finance.

What is the role of the former Prime Minister David Thompson appointing Executive Chairman, Arni Walters in all these infelicities highlighted by the Special Audit?

Where is Mr. Walters now? Why has he so quietly disappeared from the frontline of the DLP Administration?

Can charges be laid for these infelicities in the procurement process at the BWA?

Why was this special audit commissioned by Minister Sinckler to cover the post-2008 period of administration at the BWA? Who was the minister with responsibility for the BWA at that time?

More questions than answers……

In similar vein, last year Minister Sinckler announced at a hastily called Press Conference at Almond Bay one Sunday afternoon that he would commission a Special Audit of the UWI with regards to claims by the UWI of funds owing to that institution by the Government of Barbados. Was that audit ever done?

On a related note:

There was the Barbados Advocate  headline ” BWA facing water service challenges

The article says that Dr. John Mwansa, Engineering Manager at the BWA was delivering a presentation called “Barbados’ Water Service Challenges” where it is reported that he said limited access to finance, an ageing infrastructure in need of replacement and unaccounted for water levels or non-revenue water are amongst the challenges to maintaining good water quality in Barbados.

Dr Mwansa went on to say that “we have very limited access to finance, so in terms of the solutions that we have to implement, we have to look for the options that will give us the best bang for our money”

He continued “We have an ageing infrastructure in need of replacement and in case you didn’t know, water utilities are the most capital intensive of all the utilities. Unfortunately, most of our infrastructure is below ground, so people don’t see the extent of the infrastructure that we have and what you are paying for”

Dr. Mwansa also revealed that the level of water unaccounted for is relatively high and is now estimated at around 49%. The rates charged for water are also not adequate to cover all the operating expenses and capital investment requirements, he suggested.

Reading this article made me VERY angry as a subscriber to BWA’s “services”. Am not really certain if we can describe what they provide as service. But I digress. Can someone please explain why in times of immense hardship,  Barbadians were made to suffer the imposition of a 60% increase in water rates by way of a Budget from the former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance by way of his dictate in his 2009 Budget presentation? Why are we Barbadians being asked to compensate for water that is being lost to the tune of 49%. That’s literally half of all water produced and pumped by the BWA being “lost” and cannot realize revenues for the BWA. Why has not the BWA been brought under the rate application and hearing mechanism of the Fair Trading Commission as has been the Barbados Light & Power Company and Cable & Wireless trading as LIME? Why is the BWA’s Engineering manager Dr John Mwansa complaining about a lack of finance to implement solutions? So exactly where did the 60% increase water rates go since July 2009.

The Prime Minster in his 2009 Budget presentation stated that revenues generated from the then existing water rates were insufficient to cover the costs of providing water and wastewater services. He added that it was not enough to maintain the then existing level of service and it had become necessary to increase water rates.

In his previous Budget speech in 2008, he stated that within the next 2 years, the BWA would prepare itself to come under the rigours of accountability under the FTC so that water and sewerage charges may be determined at levels that are fair to consumers and the BWA alike and remove the large burden that Government now carries in subsidizing water and sewerage rates for all persons in society.

Fast forward to some 4 years hence in 2012. Where are the improvements we were promised in service from the BWA from incurring the 60% increase in water rates? Where is the transparency in setting of water rates by having the BWA face the FTC for setting its water rates? Fellow Barbadians, someone needs to account to us for this deception which was brought down on us for which we are forced to pay for. Is it a case that we as consumers are being forced to pay for inefficiencies in the procurement process at the BWA which has been subject to questionable practices?

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144 Comments on “BWA Facing Water Challenges: Special Audit of the Barbados Water Authority EXPOSED”

  1. Carson C. Cadogan September 3, 2012 at 7:31 AM #

    “BU has it 17 to 6 in favor of the BLP with 7 up in the air:”

    You have a fertile imagination,

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  2. ac September 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM #

    fools there are indeed enters an agreement where the company was able to fleece the taxpayers in the amount of 71 thousand monthly in electricty cost periods from 2005 ending in july 2008.. somebody should be locked up.

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  3. old onion bags September 3, 2012 at 8:16 AM #

    C O N F I D E N C E S …….? Where are you….

    A time comes when it is necessary to step up to the plate and face. How can a party make spurious boast of being confident that it will win the next elections, and procrastinate when it comes to that which matter most? Why everyone knows it is always better to present a confident face, than to appear skirmish and in doubt on the eve of a “Mother of All Battles”. Why what’s so big now in an election’s date anyway, at this twelfth hour? Two months, three maybe four….before informing the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and let the people decide on their future leaders. It is no Merlin’s secret that we are about to go to the polls. There definitely cannot be any element of surprise now at this late hour, as both parties been on elections mode for months. So why then the delay and hush hush? Why the megalomania that there is a need to be holding on”till the last tether..to the last sinew?” Does such melodrama make one’s chances better.. perchance being been seen as a herculean feat only done by the likes of Ben Hur and Patroclus? If one feels that sure of themselves, they should be eager to show they are indeed ready to pronounce battle and not cower towards the opposite.
    Two political scientists have forewarned now, that Democratic Labour Party’s chances of regaining power wanes with each hour and every passing day. This pronouncement carries no megaton of surprise as the common ordinary man on the street has been saying, that they want the elections to come sooner now, than later. The word on the street has been ONE TERM since June, why some chose not to listen is rather unfortunate. Had some really been serious, the last mishit of an obvious googly ball, would have never had happened. In the meanwhile, we await the last over with no “Great Expectations” other than the obvious.
    No balls don’t count……and you don’ get a chance to re-bowl when the game is over……that was a HUGE no ball…

    Great job David C…..we shall remember those ladies from Campus Trends today at midday.. 1 minute silence

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  4. ac September 3, 2012 at 8:24 AM #

    “rotten onions” keep counting yuh eggs in affta botsey. if yuh tink that bajans gonna allow corruption and deceit to infiltrate the halls of parliament think again.

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  5. millertheanunnaki September 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM #

    @ David | September 2, 2012 at 9:35 PM |
    “As at today what is the blueprint for the BWA transitioning to an efficient outfit?”

    First step: Privatization. The unions and ac could talk what they like. This state of affairs cannot continue. They never shouted out and marched when the BL&P shares were sold to foreign interests.
    What a pity! No electricity, no water unless BWA goes totally ‘green’.
    The same unions with their credit union funds can invest in the privatized entity. The same way their biggest brother was able to buy out the CLICO mortgage and loan business.
    “Unity is strength and where there is no vision the people perish”.

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  6. old onion bags September 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM #

    How about $ 3.3 Million X 3 = $ 10 Millions ?

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  7. old onion bags September 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM #

    @ ac
    When you hold hands with an arsonist…..you can only get BURN….

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  8. old onion bags September 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM #

    Or should I have said know with CONFIDENCE…

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  9. millertheanunnaki September 3, 2012 at 8:51 AM #

    @ ac | September 3, 2012 at 8:24 AM |
    “rotten onions” keep counting yuh eggs in affta botsey. if yuh tink that bajans gonna allow corruption and deceit to infiltrate the halls of parliament think again.”

    So you, ac, refuse to honour the peace treaty and the rules of engagement whereby you would desist from making unsubstantiated remarks about OSA and his alleged corruption while in office unless you advise your people in charge to immediately institute criminal proceedings?

    Well just to let you know that the corruption is still alive and well in the Pierhead marina, the BWA lost property and the Family First Account even though the mastermind is in Davey Jones locker where a Sundial will always point to the entrance to hell on earth.

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  10. Sittin Bull September 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM #

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  11. Enuff September 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM #

    The picture in today’s Nation with PM Stuart shaking Hammie’s hands tells a thousand words.

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  12. Caswell Franklyn September 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM #

    Miller

    If I were you, I would not cite the example of Public Workers Credit Union buying CMFC as an example for other credit unions.

    The credit union approached the NIS Board for a loan to purchase CMCF. After doing their due diligence, the NIS Board said, NO. The credit union then approached Prime Minister Thompson with a view to reversing the NIS decision. After Thompson did his due diligence, he instructed the Board to approve the loan. The credit union was then able to outbid BNB. They were even able to pay $1.9 million for the goodwill in the company. That transaction was corruption.

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  13. Peltdownman September 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM #

    @yambait
    Arni Walters has been placed at the Barbados Cane Industry Corporation, a company under the Ministry of Agriculture. So he has not been sent to pasture by his former Cabinet colleagues.

    You haven’t noticed? The cane industry IS pasture!

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  14. David September 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM #

    @Heavy Duty Change

    Can you help us with the unedited version of the AG’s report?

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  15. Heavy Duty Change September 5, 2012 at 7:20 AM #

    @ David

    In your AG report (linked at the top of the page) the Phantom Study Tour is referenced at page 21, item 3.8 with the heading: Payments for Study Tour.

    I encourage you and other bloggers to consider item 3.13, page 21 of the AG report I have seen with heading: Payments to Yellow Door Consultancy:-

    3.13 Approval was granted for the Executive Chairman and Project Managers for the West Coast Sewerage Projects and Capital Works to participate in a Untilities Best Practice United Kingdom Study Tour from July 10 – 17 2010. Yellow Door Consultancy was paid a total of $31,500 for coordinating and facilitating athe Tour. Tickets valued $10,708.03 were also purcahsed from the Travel House. The Executive Chairman was paid a per
    diem of $897.05 will the Project Managers for the West Coast Sewerage Project and Capiltal Works were paid a per diem of $550.46 and $733.95 respectively. At the time of the review there was no evidence provided to show that the tour took place or that these funds were every refunded.

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  16. Heavy Duty Change September 5, 2012 at 7:31 AM #

    @ David

    This is what the General Manager (ag) said in written reponse to the AG on 2012-03-19:-

    Paragraph 3.13

    The Audit Report stated that the Project Managers for the West Coast Sewerage Project and Capital Works recieved per diems of $550.46 and $733.95 respectively, in anticipation of travel to the United Kingdom to undertake a Study Tour.

    It is agreed that to date the tour has not occured but the following refunds have been received by the Authority:

    1. Cheque #04083, dated 07/07/2010 in the amout of $550 paid to the Project Manager, West Coast Sewerage Project was returned in its original form via a Memo dated March 7, 2012 to the Manager, Human Resources. The e-ticket was also returned at the same time.

    2. On March 13, 2012 the cheque date 07/07/2010 in the amount of $733.95 issued to Project Manager, Capital Works was returned to the Human Resources Department in its original form.

    With immediate effect, the Human Resources department will follow -up on this matter.

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  17. Heavy Duty Change September 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM #

    @ David

    I have the following questions:

    a. Who is Yellow Door Consultancy?
    b. What happened to the money paid to yellow Door Consultancy?
    c. What happened to the $897.05 in per diems paid to the Executive Chairman?
    d. Who is the Project Manager of the West Coast Sewerage Project that was paid $550.46 in per diem?
    e. Who is the Project Manager of Capital Works that was paid $733.95 in per diem?
    f. Where the e-tickets used by those persons (Project Manager West Coast Sewerage Project & Project Manager Capital Works) for other personal travel?

    I know the current chairman has the evidence to show that the two per diem cheques of 07/07/2010 was cashed.

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  18. David September 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM #

    This online link speaks to principal Huge and Caroline Price:

    http://companycheck.co.uk/company/04341684

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  19. millertheanunnaki September 5, 2012 at 8:36 AM #

    @ Heavy Duty Change | September 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM |

    I will be naughty and asked what ac and the other apologists make of this stark case of corruption and fraud.
    Yes we know! OSA and his cronies did it so it is alright if the DLP crooks do it also. “
    Do fuy do ent nuy obeah” in ac’s book of proverbs and political lies and deceit.

    @Ac: You should never speak ill of those who speak the truth and seek justice. The words that came from your corrupt mouth have come back to choke you:
    ac | August 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM |
    @miller: you alright , the licks was flying like hot peas. somebody told me they saw you standing outside the QEH all bandaged up. man i don;t understand you at all after all the long talk about transparency and accountabilty this is wuh u got to offer . dat was all a gimmick. look don’t try defending OSA fuh when he dun wid yuh he be the first to pull the gallows ask mia,..”

    PS: Don’t expect any response from ac on this one.

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  20. Aisha Nadar UK September 5, 2012 at 8:38 AM #

    David, Yellow Door Consultancy Limited has been dissolved. You to see whether before or after being paid money by Barbados Water Authority.

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  21. Aisha Nadar UK September 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM #

    This is not political corruption, this is institutional corruption and the management (project managers) of the BWA seem to have been involved.

    Maybe Mr. Estwick will call in a forensic accountant.

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  22. David September 5, 2012 at 8:43 AM #

    What is the BWA policy on this matter? Surely the Human Resources department should be in a position to address this issue with clarity?

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  23. Bush Tea September 5, 2012 at 8:52 AM #

    Your point here is a bit muddled Miller….
    Does it not all depend on what action is taken now by the authorities? The problem with the O$A regime was not that some people were obviously dishonest?…, BUT that nothing was ever done about it.
    There will always be some level of dishonesty. The litmus test is the RESPONSE by the authorities to that dishonesty.

    …of course it is very difficult for the authorities to respond decisively to dishonesty unless the top is itself seen to be beyond reproach.
    Perhaps you can see now the immense value in having a PM with a solid REPUTATION for honesty…..

    Should Stuart now come down like a ton of bricks on Walters and Co. ….he comes over as a colossus…….

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  24. Some pointed questions............. September 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM #

    @ Heavy Duty Change
    The version of the Auditor General’s report which is available online does not include the details of which you speak. Where can the average man source this obviously far more comprehensive document.

    @All
    $31k for a study tour which seems never to have happened
    $800+k for goods never received
    An 18% return on investment for the owners/operators of the DeSal Plant
    $70k per month for 8+ years in electricity overcharges
    Really now…..
    All are deplorable. Which is worst?

    That sure aint how I expect my tax dollars to be spent.

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  25. millertheanunnaki September 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM #

    @ David | September 5, 2012 at 8:43 AM |

    Unless you have doubts about the findings outlined in the AG’s report you will have to concede that this is a clear case of corruption and fraud involving the receipt of funds under false pretense.

    One wonders what Mr. Integrity would say or do about this and the infelicities mentioned in the same report since it has the potential to tarnish his reputation as a clean guy who does not stand for thievery or corruption especially in his squeaky clean and competent public sector.
    We want action, not pretty words or absence thereof. He must adhere to the law of the land as provided under the Financial Administration & Audit Act.

    We do not expect you to offer an excuse or come up with a defence like blaming the system.

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  26. David September 5, 2012 at 9:08 AM #

    Given the seriousness of this matter BU gives support to the AG by giving this matter prominence.

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  27. David September 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM #

    Here is the Linkedin profile of Caroline Price who is the principal of a production company.

    http://companycheck.co.uk/company/05592578

    Here is the Company Check profile link:

    http://companycheck.co.uk/company/05592578

    A look at Hugh Price’ Linkedin Profile does not spring any confidence:

    http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?authType=name&goback=.npv_57086471_*1_*1_name_PNSJ_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1&locale=en_US&id=57086471&authToken=PNSJ

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  28. millertheanunnaki September 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM #

    @ Bush Tea | September 5, 2012 at 8:52 AM |
    “The problem with the O$A regime was not that some people were obviously dishonest?…, BUT that nothing was ever done about it.”
    “The litmus test is the RESPONSE by the authorities to that dishonesty.”

    Well let us hope this is a bit clearer to you.
    Has the statute of limitations run out on the alleged illegal acts committed under the OSA regime? Both you and ac seem to know of these acts of corruption and misappropriation of public funds that were committed by OSA and his lieutenants.
    So if you want to be NOT Dishonest with your own integrity and morality in the eyes of your BBE then you have a duty to let Mr. Honesty know of these illegal activities and advise him to institute criminal proceedings against the perpetrator before too late.

    “Perhaps you can see now the immense value in having a PM with a solid REPUTATION for honesty…..”

    No Bush Tea. The current PM does not have ‘A SOLID REPUTATION FOR HONESTY”.
    A reputation is something that has to be earned, not ascribed by yourself to massage your own ego. Calling some one honest does not make that person honest. Leave that to when he is dead and can’t cringe in his box from the lies and deceit of the living.

    Until the so called honest man brings charges against those (alleged by you, ac et al) perpetrators of criminal activities under the OSA regime, deals with the AG’s report on the BWA infelicities and fraud and acts on the CLICO forensic report findings then the Bajan Jury will remain out on your plea of innocence, honesty and integrity on the man’s behalf.

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  29. David September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM #

    @Miller

    The question was asked of you before, how can charges be brought unless the investigative process is done?

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  30. millertheanunnaki September 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM #

    @ David | September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM |
    The accusation and basic evidence are sufficiently there to at least start the investigative process leading to formal charges.
    It would be in the interest of fairness and balance if you should also ask both ac and Bush tea
    how can they constantly levy accusations at OSA and people who served in his administration without a shred of evidence to substantiated their charges against the people.
    Isn’t the principle of a person being innocent until proven guilty applicable to persons who served under the last administration until substantiated evidence is established through the investigative process?

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  31. Bush Tea September 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM #

    Miller
    “…….Isn’t the principle of a person being innocent until proven guilty applicable to persons who served under the last administration until substantiated evidence is established through the investigative process?”
    **********
    OF COURSE NOT!

    That maxim goes for John Citizen and Co. It does not apply to those priviledged with the authority and RESPONSIBILITY of leadership.

    Leaders must accept full responsibility for the performance of their regimes. All roads leads to the leader.
    When therefore, cases of cost overruns, misappropriation of funds, underlings “theifing” etc are highlighted by the same AG and are ignored, Owen CANNOT escape direct responsibility…..nor can Stuart should he ignore these.

    The problem with the DLP pursuing charges against the BLP is that it may seem like dirty politics – and with our pissy court system, it is a SURE BET that any such charges would fail eventually anyway.

    The thing to do is to BEGIN with charges against a DLP crook, and then expand to those of all party faiths…… …and the Lord help Onions when that happens….🙂

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  32. millertheanunnaki September 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM #

    @ Bush Tea | September 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM |
    “The problem with the DLP pursuing charges against the BLP is that it
    may seem like dirty politics”

    It will NOT be a case of the DLP pursuing charges but it will be the Crown bringing charges against specific individuals associated with the last administration on behalf of the citizens of Barbados for being defrauded of their hard earned tax dollars paid into their Treasury for the benefit of the public and not a few crooks.
    The Police, DPP and the Judiciary are not organs of the DLP but of the State.
    You seem to think that the LAW is some toy or instrument of any particular political party to be played with at the whims and fancies of the baby boy in the political manger.
    Unless the laws of the land are obeyed irrespective of which party is in power we are heading for anarchy and civil dislocation.
    The same way you constantly preach about our people’s pending downfall because of their spiritual indifference and sometimes callous dismissal of your BBE’s instructions and warnings, it behooves you also to apply a similar approach to the LAW when it comes to the people’s issues of a worldly nature. There is a good reason why the LAW is the shield of the blindfolded lady who carries balancing scales in one hand and a sword in the next to carry the fight against corruption and injustice. Let your man Freundel live up to the oath of his profession and worship the lady goddess of good governance and justice. Your BBE would be most impressed and reserve a table for him when he arrives even if done through idol worship: Well done my good and faithful servant Freundel, welcome home!

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  33. ac September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM #

    Miller i read the full report and everything that is being commented her i was horrified that no one as of yet been held accountable for purchases and undelivered goods qustions should have been asked and heads made to roll however i was also satisfied that the govt did not seek to hide these wrongdoings or cover up as a way of making itself unaccountable or look good i don,t think in OSA administration one would have seen the straightforwardness in such a report knowing it would have been negative fallout

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  34. Lazer Mouse September 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM #

    project manager for west coast sewerage project is a Mr. Marville.
    project manager for capital works is a Mr. Lindo.

    both of them banked the per diems from the so-called phantom study tour. both bandits also have tried to cover their tracks with the help of the human resourses manager at bwa. Somebodies gine get lock to ???? up pun this one.

    CRIMINAL, CRIMINAl, CRIMINAL

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  35. Bush Tea September 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

    Make up your mind Miller

    Are you now saying that prosecution is the option of the Crown and NOT the DLP? ….so all along when you were calling Stuart dishonest for not charging those BLP accused you were just pulling our legs then….?

    Or we’re you just making convenient political points…?

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  36. Enuff September 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM #

    @ ac
    You are too disingenuous!! How many audits did OSA requests and they were laid in Parliament?

    @ Bush Tea
    Again your hypocrite stripes are showing.

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  37. Sittin Bull September 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM #

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  38. Enuff September 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM #

    @ miller
    The current PM does not have ‘A SOLID REPUTATION FOR HONESTY.

    Total agreement. Only this week the man was in the newspaper shaking Hammie’s hand–the same gentleman that was the Minister responsible for UDC when all the allegations of malfeasance and misfeasance were levelled against that organisation by the DLP.
    The likes of Bush Tea keep trying to convince BU that they are apolitical…what a myth. Facts are the apolitical.

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  39. old onion bags September 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM #

    @ Enuff
    The likes of Bush Tea keep trying to convince BU that they are apolitical…what a myth. Facts are the apolitical.
    ***********************************
    Who He ?stupessssssssssssssss
    Bushie is bare Boo…..not political?….he cud not even fool a hoe…

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  40. millertheanunnaki September 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM #

    @ Bush Tea | September 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM |
    “.. so all along when you were calling Stuart dishonest for not charging those BLP accused you were just pulling our legs then….?”

    Far from pulling your legs I was trying to knock some sense into your politically partisan head and to remove the party blinkers from your biased eyes.
    Stuart is not only a Member of Parliament but he is also the Prime Minister and therefore the Chief Servant of the Crown. He must therefore carry out the duties required of him of the Crown in the interest of the State or the citizens. If there is evidence of wrong doing by any member of the society it is incumbent on the PM to ask his ministers or employees to investigate and where necessary bring charges against the alleged wrong doers before a court of law for final decision of the ‘accused’s’ guilt or innocence. This is what our constitutional democracy requires unless you see it as a waste of time and they should be hung, drawn and quartered by the likes of you and ac;
    after being tried in the court of public opinion with the DLP foot soldiers being the police, prosecutor, jury and judge

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  41. old onion bags September 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM #

    DLP foot soliders?…the likes of Aarson, Clone, ! and Fractured….like they get put on hold affa D big conference, have’nt you noticed ?….I have not seen any of them in weeks,like they get ban orders from above… blog off limits. Fellows wha gine down man?…tell Uncle….Geese pulled the plug on unna LOL….

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  42. Christopher Halsall September 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM #

    @millertheanunnaki: “Stuart … must therefore carry out the duties required of him of the Crown in the interest of the State or the citizens.

    A very interesting choice of a word. “…in the interest of the State or the citizens.

    A legal question — if the Prime Minister is given the choice between protecting the state or a single citizen, what are they constitutionally obligated to do?

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  43. millertheanunnaki September 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM #

    @Christopher Halsall | September 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM |

    “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.
    That Aristotelian response is a clue to the answer to your philosophical query.
    A quandary currently faced by the PM in relation to his pal Leroy of CLICO infamy.
    A removal of one defective and potentially destructive part to the whole system will not detract from the integrity of the whole. Zero or naught from one leaves one: 1- 0 = 1. Never allow one bad apple or mango to spoil a whole barrel.

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  44. Christopher Halsall September 5, 2012 at 4:57 PM #

    @millertheanunnaki: “A removal of one defective and potentially destructive part to the whole system will not detract from the integrity of the whole. Zero or naught from one leaves one: 1- 0 = 1.

    A typical response from someone who doesn’t understand mathematics. Or the law.

    Yes, 1-0 == 1. And 1-1 == 0.

    And -1-1 == -2.

    And 1+1 == 2.

    I suspect it will take you a little while to think about how 1+1 == 2.

    But it can happen….

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  45. Bush Tea September 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM #

    @ Chris
    …are you OK? LOL

    @ Enuff
    Where did Bushie ever claim to be apolitical? Bushie is a BBE yardfowl

    @ Miller
    Bushie leaving you in CH’s hands. He will sort you out🙂

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  46. millertheanunnaki September 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM #

    @ Bush Tea | September 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM |

    I have already sorted out Chris. He is looking after the readymade jacket I gave him a few days ago. He will make a very good stepfather capable of teaching his adopted piccaninny pure and applied mathematics. (LOL!!).

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  47. David September 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM #

    Is it amazing that in all the years we have practiced parliamentary democracy under both political parties we find ourselves in the same place every 5-years? Interesting indeed.

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  48. balance September 5, 2012 at 11:18 PM #

    “however i was also satisfied that the govt did not seek to hide these wrongdoings or cover up as a way of making itself unaccountable or look good i don,t think in OSA administration one would have seen the straightforwardness in such a report knowing it would have been negative fallout”
    i am entering the discussion with much reluctance for fear of the accusation of bias towards the BLP but i must remind AC that her friend OSA commisioned the Special Audit of the Urban DEvelopment Commission, the report of which is used with gay abandon by the DLP to his discredit while not giving him accolades for not seeking to hide or cover up the wrongdoings of an institution in his term of office.

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  49. David September 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM #

    @All

    Please confirm if Yellow Door is the company led by Mary Sportas. We appear to be missing up companies.

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  50. Heavy Duty Change September 6, 2012 at 9:34 PM #

    @ David

    Where is the Prime Minister traveling to this weekend and why is Richard Sealy NOT going to be acting as Prime Minister in his absence?

    I am hearing its going to be Sinckler, Inniss or Estwick. Please can you sniff out the facts?

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  51. David September 6, 2012 at 11:57 PM #

    @Heavy Duty Change

    Not aware that Richard Sealy will be replaced.

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  52. Heavy Duty Change September 7, 2012 at 6:25 AM #

    @ David

    My souces confirm that Dr. Hon. David Estwick M.P. it to be sworn in this morning as acting Prime Minister for the duration when PM Staurt is off the island.

    I am also advised that construction work at the Villages @ Coverley and Port Ferdinand Marina has stopped. What are you hearing on this, any truth?

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  53. millertheanunnaki September 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM #

    @ Heavy Duty Change | September 7, 2012 at 6:25 AM |

    One wishes that his stay overseas would be extended by the hand of Fate.
    Long enough that Dr. David would administer some much needed medicine to the sick patient called the Barbados economy. He would first have to sideline the current quack and return him where he really belongs– to the Foreign Affairs to let his mouth run ad nauseam.
    The Barbados economy is too fragile and vulnerable to be left in the hands of a child like Chris and his gnome like sycophant of a governor.
    With David in charge we will now see some progress with the CLICO forensic audit report with a swift flight overseas from justice by a certain Leroy. David will not tolerate that man and would do his utmost to see justice prevails.
    Freundel is grasping at straws and has come to Christian understanding that David is the only one in his Cabinet capable of at least attacking the economic ills that beset our once fair land. By bringing David in from the cold he would be honouring his pledge to a dead brother and allow merit and commonsense to prevail over wickedness and spite by the dead. Chris has had his chance and has blown it. Time to step aside, Chris and let a more capable, astute and “anti-bullshit” man take over where he belongs.
    David, as your ma said to you “time longer than twine”. Your star is on the ascendancy and the planet you stand on is about to be at its perihelion. Good luck, my friend. TC will now RIP.

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  54. Biomus Pirate September 7, 2012 at 9:21 AM #

    @ Miller

    On point Brother, on point.

    Does this mean that Dr. Estwick is about to be named Deputy Prime Minister as the DLP prepares its party machinery for the Mother of All Battles?

    If yes, the Dr. Estwick can be a deliverer of vicious and piercing attacks on Owen, Mia and Mascoll.

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  55. David September 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM #

    If there is one lesson the Sandiford era thought us is that the local private sector has to be onside with the political directorate. Would an Estwick have the private sector on his side?

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  56. millertheanunnaki September 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM #

    @ Biomus Pirate | September 7, 2012 at 9:21 AM |

    So be it! That’s what our two-party adversarial type of politics is all about.
    At least he will be doing it with clean hands even if on the trigger of a political gun.
    One man that would feel the full impact of any political bullet would be darcy the quisling deserving of a watery burial in the No. 53 grave in the fictitious marina would be most appropriate.

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  57. LOOK September 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM #

    Auditing at the Barbados Water Authority should be continuous and random. Auditors should audit the Barbados Water Authority entirely but certainly purchasing officers in the purchasing department. One of them, Winston Roach travels quite extinsively in the United States, specifically the Brooklyn, New York area and Canada, specifically, the Montreal Quebec area.

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  58. Earnest Jones September 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM #

    @ David

    How exactly did the Sandi era establish that lesson?

    The local private sector likes politicians who are intelligent, sensible to the commercial realities and can make decisions rather than pontificate about what policy to implement and how to do so.

    Trust me the local private sector would have absolutely no problem with Dr. Estwick either as Minister of Finance, deputy Prime Minister, acting Prime Minister or actual Prime Minister.

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  59. David September 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM #

    @Earnest Jones

    BU wishes Minister David Estwick all the best, we do not always agree with his methods but he seems to be someone who is not afraid to make decisions. The point remains that he will achieve only if he has the support of private sector. Also it is interesting that his national profile remains low manufactured or not.

    Congrats to him on his appointment. Election gearing?

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  60. Gabriel Tackle September 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM #

    Recall during the Sandiford misgovernance of Buhbaydus that the private sector had threatened to withhold the payment of current taxes and a certain known dlp operative went to press to deny that such a decision was taken by the biggest conglomerate on island.What followed was that key political decision makers got the message and the rest is history.

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  61. Earnest Jones September 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM #

    @ David

    Agreed, his National profile has remained low but at the same time his intelligence, experience and ability to make decisions (tough or otherwise)remains high.

    Sinckler knows only too well now, those who push up their head usually achieve only the swift removal of it. You don’t see every week now it seems that Peter Wickham begging to keep Sinckler relevant in the context of Barbadian politics?

    The question now is who was the smart ass one that taped the meeting of the EAGER 11 at Sapphire Beach where and when Richard Sealy had alot (understatement of the year) to say about FS and his lack of management and political skills?

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  62. David September 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM #

    @ Earnest Jones

    We have been hearing a lot about Pegasus and Sappire tapes.

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  63. Enuff September 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM #

    All optics. Opposition awaits. The IMF talking about FOREX now look out.

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  64. Boy Blue September 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM #

    For the past two days the BWA has been running a public service announcement , re the burnt out pump at Hampton Pumping Station, which has affected supply to much of the central and southern parishes.
    The announcement ended with the assurance that water tankers will be coming around , as usual, to service the affected areas.
    For the past two days I’ve yet to see a BWA water tanker at any of the affected areas.
    Perhaps the goodly Doctor Mr Lowe can enlightened us smelly and thirsty residents why he is feeding us a mirage.
    Where have our tax dollars gone in relation to transport in the departments that this guy is responsible for ? No water tankers and Sanitation refuse pickups, few and far between.
    Perhaps the Knight of Foursquare should be running an advert, “Can’t get drinking water! Drink Heineken, we have warehouses full of.”

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  65. JUST ASKING September 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM #

    FREUNDEL is a real slow -ass slug-a -like
    Look how the man never reshuffle the Cabinet though
    Look how the man aint call election when he shoulda have called it.
    What kinda Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is though ???

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  66. Caribbean Vibe Radio Barbados September 17, 2012 at 1:25 AM #

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  67. TO THE POINT November 10, 2012 at 9:19 PM #

    @David

    I read some aspect of the Auditor’s report, and I am amazed that the then Minister of Finance who is supposed to be an economist would allow and give approval for such a project. Was an evluation of the project done and who did it? Why would a utility be guaranteed a return of 18%? What is the BLP guaranteed rate?

    Is this how taxpayers money is to be used? Is the Director of Public Prosecution going to be asked to lay charges against those guilty of breaching the Financial rules, or this is how business is done in barbados? I wonder which Barbadians have interest in the company/companies that are/were involved or supposed to be involved in supplying goods to BWA?

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  68. Hants November 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM #

    Why would a utility be guaranteed a return of 18%?

    Because clean water is essential to our existence.You can’t live without water.

    simplistic reasoning.

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