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AG to probe allegations against Mottley

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today promised to investigate claims that a leading member of the Opposition did not have required certificate to practise law in Barbados under the Legal Professions Act, while shooting down allegations made against two Government colleagues.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

“We are going to look into that,” said Brathwaite in Parliament where Minister of Environment Dr Denis Lowe also challenged Mottley to produce her legal certification.

During her near four-hour long reply to the 2015/2016 Budget yesterday, Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley not only shot down the financial measures, but also alleged that both Lowe and Transport and Works Minister Michael Lashley were driving vehicles owned the private company Transtec.

Mottley also questioned the price charged by the Christ Church-based company for repairs to buses operated by the Sanitation Service Authority, which falls under Lowe’s ministry, and trucks in Lashley’s Ministry of Transport and Works.

However, Brathwaite hit back sharply at Mottley today, saying the revelations “irked” him. The Attorney General, while standing in strong defence of his colleagues, roundly condemned Mottley’s accusations.

“Now Sir, the records in terms of ownership of vehicles are public record. I would venture to suggest that if the Honourable Member wanted to hide the fact that he was leasing a vehicle from an entity in Barbados he would not have gone the route that he had gone. In fact, Sir I don’t understand the silliness about the seriousness of this thing,” the Attorney General said, as he directed his comments to the Speaker of the House Michael Carrington.

“When one looks at who owns MN110 . . . it is owned by a company and no one says the Honourable Member should not do business with Simpson Finance or Simpson Motors,” Brathwaite argued.

The Attorney General further queried whether he would be accused of being corrupt if he decided to lease a vehicle from an entity with which his ministry did business.

“[It is] utter nonsense and intellectual dishonesty and it is wrong!,” he declared.

He went further to suggest: “It is alright if you live in [upscale] Sandy Lane and raise up in Sandy Lane, drive a 300 thousand dollar car, no problem. But let a poor, black boy from St Philip come and lease one, it becomes an issue.”

Brathwaite said he was tired of hearing calls for a new breed of politician from the Opposition because it was saying one thing and practising another.

13 Responses to AG to probe allegations against Mottley

  1. Karen Layne
    Karen Layne June 18, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Wanna really don’t have anything to do? Before wanna brainstorm and try to find a way to pull us out of this sinking ship wanna continue to focus on BS. When elections is again? Steupseeeeeeeeeee

  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 18, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Try as you may, Arrogant Goon. It would never work.

  3. Patrick Blackman June 18, 2015 at 8:35 am

    You are suppose to be neutral investigate both accusations sir, the waste to energy deal and the legal certificate, thats your job.

  4. Karen Farmer Troulan
    Karen Farmer Troulan June 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

    So please tell me that the attorney general is also going to investigate all the other things that were said by Mia!!! Because something is not right if he does not.. You can not just investigate one matter because it is against the opposition and not investigate the rest against the ruling party, that can not be right!!

  5. dave June 18, 2015 at 9:41 am

    This from a man who told Michael Carrington , the speaker of the house, nothing that we know .

  6. villager. June 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

    The business of cahill has left a very sour taste in my mouth government in my opinion needs to scrap that project at all cost,and any wrong doing by any parties must be dealt with, however i would also like to say that if certain requirements are to be had to practice law in this country and one is not in possession of such then that is also an issue.

  7. Charles Worrell June 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Very well put Villager. Both of these matters need to be dispatched without further delay.

    Fact is, we need to look at all the previous arrangements called contracts with these people from other lands and make sure that they are above board and that they are good for Barbados. If they are not passing one enough in terms of wages and salaries and utilizing our resources and local produce to stimulate our local economy, we need to get the rid of them, period.

    With Mia, she KNOWS THE LAW and if she is in breach, lets get her backside too! She had a lot of hiccups in her time as well, with persons and with business; she saw her PM gave contracts WITH FULL PAYMENT EVEN BEFORE THE WORK WAS DONE..look guys, we cannot have Satan correcting wont happen.

    We are a very small country, LETS GET OUR INTEGRITY BACK! LETS stop raping our land of birth! The few dollars you are getting (whether in the back door or front door) can only last so long BUT YOUR COUNTRY for your kids and grand kids must continue. We are no fools here; we have seen the rise of wealth among some of you and we know, it was not come by honestly and in the good favor of Barbados. YOU ARE ALL TAKING TOO MANY HANDOUTS; IT IS TIME TO STOP THIS!

    USA MONEY AND CONTRACTS ARE COMING HERE LARGELY FROM THE NIGHT SHIFT. PEOPLE are buying us out with their foreign currency.

  8. Patrick Blackman June 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    @Charles Worrell – as usual great comments. I think most of us are under the impression that we have a two party system in this country, I tend now to think we have a one party system with a minor changing of the guard.

    These guys have continually lined their pockets at every chance possible without any regard for the people but yet we sit back and treat them as Gods and blindly put them back in office without a thought.


    We need to heed @Charles Worrell’s advise and eventually give each one of them a cell up at Dodds.

  9. jrsmith June 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    My take ,I blame bajans for our lost culture and loosing our heritage. bajans sat back taking time from our politicians , who work in the interest of some people and not for the interest of the people.

    We need political change in Barbados, not by voting, we need people from the grass roots of our villages , to become more proactive. we need to collectively challenge our politicians to the type of transparency, which keeps them always in our line of sight. We also need a different brand of politician, one who is for the people ,by the people.

    There is a game politicians play, its call ,political corporate corruption, all in the name of democracy, because it hides itself deep in the bowels of corporate boardrooms. out of the sight of the ordinary public. We must always remember ,in most cases we the voters only secure ,politicians jobs and they welfare for four to five years, whether they do good or not.

  10. Patrick Blackman June 18, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    @jrsmith – True my brother.. Hail..

  11. Brimstone June 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    We do need political change which can only legally come from voting, remember the Constitution. We however need to return to the grass roots concept of accountability.

    It is amazing that in a very well educated society like ours, small items which needs to be re-calibrated to ensure there is equal justice for ALL is never addressed.

    The civil society is the BOSS of ALL politicians, yet we never exercise our authority. First of all we need to have legislation in place to remove miscreant politicians who are corrupt or non performing.

    When the society removes the hegemony given in good faith, because it is broken, the unwritten contract says the cabinet via the PM needs to acquire a new mandate by way of the

    We have also developed a new breed of politician who is very callous to the needs and wants of the society from which they came. Even some of our young professionals have a no interest, better than thou approach to the very simple ailments afflicting the poor and average people in our society, and this is totally unacceptable.

    Yes, we need change and we do need help, but also need to be aware of GREEKS bearing GIFTS. We have Police Forensic Financial Specialist and Private Sector Anti Money Laundering Units, let us investigate anything suspicious, whether Government or Opposition, and hand out some LIFE SENTENCES with hard labor at DODDS.

    The righteousness, honesty and happiness that epitomizes Barbados for some three centuries, should never be tarnished by a group such as the government we have.

    God save our wonderful nation, its our only hope.

  12. Tony Waterman June 19, 2015 at 12:14 am

    @Patrick Blackman!!!!! “”You are suppose to be neutral investigate both accusations sir, the waste to energy deal and the legal certificate, thats your job.”” so true, but don’t forget what happened to the Waste Hauler who was the Spokesperso in that dumping fee debacle a few weeks ago, Suddenly he had a Fire, and was visited by the Tax Department and another Govenment ministry. this Government hits back hard.

    @Karen Farmer Troulan!!! “”so please tell me that the attorney general is also going to investigate all the other things that were said by Mia!!! Because something is not right if he does not.. You can not just investigate one matter because it is against the opposition and not investigate the rest against the ruling party, that can not be right!! just keep on Daydreaming, they can and they will, you guys gave them a Majority, That Means “Carte Blanche”

    @Brimstone!!!! “”We do need political change which can only legally come from voting, remember the Constitution. We however need to return to the grass roots concept of accountability.”” Nothing will change, as long as we hold on to this Westminister Style of Government that was Handed down to us, and which our Politicians relish, as they can see the Benifits of that type of system. GRASSROOTS ??? as soon as the grassroots start to grow up they will become the same as we have Today, what we want/NEED is the ABOLITION of Political Parties, and let anyone who is interested in becoming a politician go to the Public to seek their Vote, we NEED a Government of RECONSTRUCTION, not this Argumentative, oppose for opposition Sake Westminister stlye of Government.
    Look at ALL the FORMER Countries of the now defunct British Empire, and tell me how far thay have advanced after getting rid of their Yoke ?? this style is/was intented to keep us Subjugated even after we “”Became Free””
    We have to come up with a system that will help us progress, and this present inherited system is NOT it

  13. Panwallie June 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    All that I read in this article has little if anything to do with the caption. The subject matter is about Miss Mottley and some probe into the allegations against her. The article however focuses om Messrs Lowe and Lashley and some cock and bull story.
    Anyway I hope this investigation does not necessitate another Commission of Enquiry neither do I hope it is conducted by the AG’s Office. LOL.

    Good comments Charles Brathwaite and Patrick Blackman.


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