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‘A bunch of lies!’

The Managing Director of Trans-Tech Inc., Lloyd Brathwaite, has described charges levelled at his Kendal Hill, Christ Church company by Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley during her Budget Reply on Tuesday night in the House of Assembly as a “bunch of lies”.

Questioning the relationship between the motor vehicle maintenance and leasing company and Government, in particular two Cabinet Ministers, Mottley claimed that Trans-Tech was given a generous contract to replace the transmissions of Transport Board buses to the disadvantage of the United Commercial Autoworks Limited (UCAL).

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley

UCAL was established by former Transport Board employees to carry out mechanical repairs and maintenance services on the Board’s buses.

Mottley also alleged that Trans-Tech was paid between $35,000 and $40,000 for each transmission it replaced or repaired on the Board’s buses and Sanitation Service Authority’s (SSA) trucks, when the same job should cost no more than $8,000.

Mottley also told the House that two Ministers of Government were driving around cars registered to Trans-Tech and raised questions about the relationship.

Hitting back at the Opposition Leader, Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY that the charges were a “bunch” of lies. He said there was nothing underhand or unusual about his company’s business transactions with either the Transport Board or SSA.

Managing Director  of Trans-Tech Lloyd Brathwaite

Managing Director of Trans-Tech Lloyd Brathwaite

“All them are lies. We are Government contractors for many years, going back now for about 20 years. Everything that is said is just a bunch uh lies,” Brathwaite contended.

Asked specifically about his firm’s relationship with the Transport Board, the Trans-Tech boss replied: “We are contractors… We are actually transmission people and we were repairing the Transport Board [bus] transmissions for many, many years and this is nothing new. It’s an ongoing process.”

Brathwaite said his firm has also been doing the same type of work for other companies for a long time.

Responding to the comments by Mottley that two Cabinet Ministers were driving cars owned by his company, Brathwaite pointed out that Trans-Tech was also a car dealership where people from all over the island leased vehicles.

“We operate a car company and many people take cars from us on a lease-purchase, lease-agreement and so on. We are a dealership, nothing different than any other dealership in Barbados,” Brathwaite said. “And you know, cars are not something you buy with cash; you buy them over time, or you buy them on terms. So we would have cars out there for anybody who would have the means to take them,” he added.

12 Responses to ‘A bunch of lies!’

  1. carson c cadogan June 19, 2015 at 6:04 am


    The Barbados Labour Party is such a nasty bunch of people. I listened and tried very hard not to throw up when a BLP parliamentarian stated categorically that the Transtech is not a vehicle dealer. For almost two decades Transtech has been selling vehicles to the Barbados public. Cars, vans, pickups, trucks you name it. They have even assembled cars at their facility. I recall in the 1990’s buying a Toyota Corolla from them which they had assembled and that vehicle served me very well for many years. One thing is for sure with the Barbados Labour Party, they dont let the truth get in the way.

  2. carson c cadogan June 19, 2015 at 6:24 am

    BTW MIA has yet to produce her certificate. The Hon. Dr. Lowe has produced his for all to see and made it a document of the House. From my way of thinking it is a simple matter for MIA go home take her certificate off the wall, drive to Barbados Today and let them take a photo of it, publish the photo in their newspaper and the matter fix . Simple as that!

    What is taking her so long?

  3. carson c cadogan June 19, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Listen to me, MIA should have never been in the House of Assembly making campaign speeches on Tuesday night. MIA and her sorry bunch on the opposition side swore that they were not returning to Parliament until the Parliamentary committee laid its report about the Speaker of the House. That has not happened as yet . But they sneaked back into Parliament. I guess they miss the lunches!!!!

  4. Alex Alleyne June 19, 2015 at 6:48 am

    If its a bunch of lies , you can prove it in court . Will you go for it ? .

  5. villager. June 19, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Maybe Brath should tell the public how many BLPITES,does call or visit him for handouts too, but behind the scenes.

  6. Patrick Blackman June 19, 2015 at 11:49 am

    If memory serves me right we are suppose to have a tendering process, if Mia thinks that process is some how corrupted, then she needs to have it reviewed by the Auditor General. When this review is completed then we pass the findings to the Attroney General and the Commissioner of Police. Simple as that, no need to use the “house” as a cover for your statements and accusations. As the leader of the opposition I am assuming you should be able to initiate such things. Simple matter, lets move on now.

  7. carson c cadogan June 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    More lies from the Barbados Labour Party!!!

  8. Panwallie June 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    What is all the fuss about Mi-Mi?
    What about the fella from your camp that take the insurance coverage for the Government buses from ICB and transfer it to a company that he had an interest in? Did you jump and wave and misbehave then too?

  9. Justice For all June 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Agreed. Way to go, Panwallie.

  10. Sharon king June 20, 2015 at 5:13 am

    It amaze me that bajans can be so blinded by by their sense of loyalty to a particular political party that they fail to see all the corruption that both parties get involve with and when these allegations are made public instead of seeking the facts they attack the messenger check this out Jada Preconco C O Williams which a dem owners smelling hell which a dem politicians trying tah ketch dem ass wake up yah while wanna fighting each other over base on political preference all a dem living large where there is politics there will be corruption

  11. Basil Graham June 20, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    The DLP is losing ground and fast, it’s time for the BLP to be Government’s, it’s just the cycle of Politics, Governments come and Governments go. Good bye DLP!!!

    • Basil Graham June 20, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      The DLP is losing ground and fast, it’s time for the BLP to be Government, it’s just the cycle of Politics, Governments come and Governments go. Good bye DLP!!!


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