Govt official issued confusing storm information – Brathwaite

Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite today accused an unnamed Government official of giving the public “confusing information” on the opening of businesses during the stormy weather.

Brathwaite did not say what information had gone out or from which Government department, but he said there were important lessons to be learnt from what had transpired.

“If anything, it just reminds us that we need consistently to be on message. We can’t have one branch of Government, for example, sending one message and the Department [of Emergency Management] sending another message. We have always understood in scenarios like this that the source of all Government-related information is the Department of Emergency Management,” Brathwaite, who is also the Attorney General, said at a news conference that morning at the the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) headquarters in Warrens, St Michael.

A downed tree at Wakefield, John during today's passage of the storm.
A downed tree at Wakefield, John during today’s passage of the storm.

In order to avoid any “confusion in the public space” in future, he advised, the media should to contact the DEM and not Government officials.

And even as he expressed concern that some businesses had opened while the country remained under a tropical storm warning, a handful of privately-owned public service vehicles (PSV) were plying routes, much to the dismay of the umbrella organization of PSV owners.

Chairman of the Alliance of Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) Roy Raphael told Barbados TODAY his organization did not support the decision by some operators and urged them to get off the roads.

We have one of two persons who would have come out on their own, but the numbers are not what you would expect them to be because the all-clear has not been given,” he explained.

On the other hand, the Government-owned Transport Board buses remained off the road after making the final journey at 8 o’clock on Tuesday night.

While Tropical Storm Matthew caused some disruption and panic by a Philips Road, Cleavers Hill, St Joseph resident who said flood waters were washing away her dilapidated house, up to mid-afternoon today there were no reports of injuries.

The storm also impacted services at the island’s main health care institutions, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), with the suspension of outpatient clinics and elective surgeries.


9 Responses to Govt official issued confusing storm information – Brathwaite

  1. Lennox hewitt September 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    AG say kellman did open don’t wid some say it dat we man kellman did open when he boss say island shut down now if it were de Army dum got a name for it but he wudda get court marshall for disobeying and order

  2. eddy murray September 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    You see if DEM was a serious organizition the amy would have taken over the the pertroling of the country. When a country is shut down for emergency no person should be on the streets.

    • Olutoye Walrond September 29, 2016 at 10:32 am

      It was a storm emergency, not a “state of emergency”. They are two different things.

  3. Phil September 28, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I doan know why all de fuss, Bush Hill did open fuh bizness an nuh bode ainlt say ah ting.

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 29, 2016 at 2:17 am


  5. jrsmith September 29, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Its all a mess mistake after mistake ,just conforms the type of Governing body Barbados have, a useless bunch of non productive politicians and others .. Just bad management …

  6. Lennox hewitt September 29, 2016 at 6:16 am

    No d rightull people take over no army dis n war cause first ting dem may wan do is arest for walking bout so na army if i wan walk bout n storm i oldynuff to no d danger so i get hurt dats my fault cause no wid social media people wan tec pic n post dem so people gine walk n drive bout check and see no one get hurt yesterday through d weather .

  7. Alex Alleyne September 29, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Just remove “storm” from the headline and it fit “foot-in-mouth”. He is at it again,……wow.

  8. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke September 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

    This is so sad,no communication at all. Lord have mercy.


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