Four look to score
by Emmanuel Joseph
Four new candidates this morning emerged on the scene “out of nowhere”, intent on contesting the February 21 general elections.
Under the umbrella of a grouping called the Coalition of Unified Parties, the male quartet of Alex Mitchell, Mark Anthony Adamson, Eric Marshall and Steve Hunte, paid in their $250 deposits to the Treasury, signalling their seriousness about running for the House of Assembly to represent Barbadians.
While the four are associated with the CUP, they however represent individual parties and constituencies. Mitchell, a retired US marine and presently a private fraud investigator, told Barbados TODAY he was contesting the St. Michael South seat, held by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart up until Parliament was dissolved, as a member of the Bajan Free Party, with the aim of exposing all forms of corruption in the country.
“Right now there is a lot of crime where people are not being charged,” Mitchell suggested.
He said his investigations into the case of a Violet Beckles, now deceased, showed that she was deprived of the deeds to certain plantations which should have been transferred to her name.
The political aspirant said he would be taking his message house to house to let Barbadians know the truth about how certain entities and professionals were involved in “laundering” these properties.
“A lot of property is being transferred, but no land is being conveyed,” he added. “I am the holder, the executor and trustee for the estate (of Violet Beckles). This whole estate is true, and a lot of the information was on plantations that was on the Internet and that website was removed; and it’s supposed to show you who owned plantations from 1630 to 1730,” disclosed the fraud investigator.
He described the integrity legislation recently passed by Parliament as “a bunch of garbage”, noting that what the country needed was a Freedom of Information Act so people could get to know who really had integrity in Barbados.
The St. Michael South candidate for the Bajan Freedom Party called on Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin to investigate the conduct of certain lawyers with respect to their handling of property transactions for clients.
His colleague, Steve Hunte, who’s running on a Kingdom Government of Barbados ticket against John Boyce (DLP) and Dr. Jerome Walcott (BLP) in Christ Church South, was motivated to enter the election, “because there’s a lot of stuff that is going on, that needs to be looked into from religion, politics, money and society”.
“If you don’t look into these things, how can you guide Barbados properly, how can we know the future?” Hunte asked.
He said he also believed Barbados needs to be developed socially, economically, educationally and politically.
“The reason why I got involved in politics is because I have a passion for Barbados and the people of Barbados and I want to see that the people of Barbados will be the inheritance of the heritage, according to the National Anthem that we have,” declared the self-employed plumber.
The Christ Church South prospective MP submitted that “for years now the craftsmen have been crafting their own fate in this country and leaving out the people”.
He argued that he had never seen craftsmen such as plumbers, masons or boat builders sitting in the seat of authority.
Another member of the CUP, Eric Marshall, who is running against George Hutson and Kerrie Synmonds in St. James Central, said he would be focusing on such issues as the “St.Thomas dump”, the concerns of the people in Bagatelle, Redman’s Village and Arch Hall and trying to build a sporting complex in the constituency.
As a member of the People’s Democratic Congress, Marshall, a building contractor, said he was also concerned about the serious lack of attention which the residents of Fitt’s Village had been receiving from both major political parties.
“And as a home boy…, I decided to represent the people of that constituency,” he asserted.
Entrepreneur, Mark Adamson, representing the People’s Democratic Congress, told this newspaper his main issues were the abolition of taxes and reduction of the cost of living “and making sure we deal with forward movement for the people of Barbados”.
Adamson is intent on making sure this country became a world class society and would be putting his case to the people of St. Michael North where the Democratic Labour Party’s Francis Depeiza and the Barbados Labour Party’s Ronald Toppin are also contesting that seat.
A fifth candidate, Akil Umi, also from the People’s Democratic Congress, and trying to win the St. Michael North West seat, did not turn up this morning to pay his deposit. email@example.com†††††††††