Kellman to answer to Cabinet about yesterday’s opening of his business

The “very naughty” decision by some businesses to defy a state-declared national shutdown during the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew Wednesday has attracted the attention of Cabinet which will discuss the issue tomorrow.

Among those who will answer to the committee of senior ministers responsible for controlling Government policy is Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman, whose St Elmo’s Moon Town in St Lucy was among the businesses which opened Wednesday in defiance of the advice of the state-run Department of Emergency Management (DEM) that everyone should remain indoors until the all-clear was given.


Acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy told reporters Thursday morning at the DEM headquarters in Warrens, St Michael that the matter would be examined at Friday’s Cabinet meeting; however, he would need to hear directly from the various business owners before making any judgment.

When Barbados TODAY asked Kellman Wednesday to comment on Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite’s assertion that such businesses were irresponsible, the Member of Parliament for St Lucy contended that Brathwaite’s criticism did not pertain to him because he was simply accommodating “some people like any normal country shop would”.

Thursday, Managing Director of Carlton & A1 Supermarkets Andrew Bynoe shied away from the controversy, telling Barbados TODAY he did not wish to talk about his company’s decision to open for business during the national shutdown, while Managing Director of Chefette Restaurants Limited Ryan Haloute said the company would not add to its “closing notice” on Facebook which was posted on Tuesday, September 27 advising that “all our locations will close at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 27, 2016. We regret any inconvenience and encourage everyone to be safe during the pending inclement weather”.

In a “reopening notice” which first appeared after 9 a.m. today the fast-food chain advised that all its locations would have reopened by midday Thursday.

However, the head chef at Lemongrass Noodle Bar & Grill in the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St James Sazula Weekes told Barbados TODAY Thursday afternoon that she had called out her staff because she was unaware of the national shutdown and that the mall was closed.

Weekes also said that the staff did not protest being called out to work.

At this morning’s news briefing Sealy said the Attorney General was looking into the issue with a view to possibly making it mandatory to comply with orders to shut down.

“It is always a touchy issue how we manage these events, but the decisions relating for example, to closing of businesses and closing schools was again for public safety and by way of information for members of the public, is not done on a whim.

“There is a committee composed of private sector, public sector individuals who work through the night and who assess based on the meteorological reports. We do these things in the interest of public safety, and I can say that the public has generally cooperated,” Sealy said.

“That is a very naughty issue and I know that it is receiving the attention of the Minister of Home Affairs also in his capacity as Attorney General . . . because some of what you are alluding to perhaps has to be looked at,” he added.

Meantime, Brathwaite said a preliminary examination of the issue revealed that while the protocols had worked over the years, there were “new actors” who needed to be brought up to speed.

“I think that one of the things that have come to the fore is that we have had protocols in place that have worked for us as a country for many, many years, but there are new actors that we probably need to get in to sit down with us . . . that everyone understands their role.  If there is one thing that has come out of it, is the fact that we have new personnel who have never been part of this process before and we need to understand that [they] know their roles,”
he said.

26 Responses to Kellman to answer to Cabinet about yesterday’s opening of his business

  1. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria September 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Lmao@ Kellman’s and Weekes’ excuses. At least money-grabbing Bynoe knew it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a full than to open your mouth and prove them right.

  2. Stacia Greaves
    Stacia Greaves September 30, 2016 at 1:58 am

    It look very bad to see your government issue a shut down and ready to condem others for opening and a minister business was open…all of them ppl that call out workers and encourage ppl to come out when the country was on a shut down should be dealt with accordingly….

  3. Brien King
    Brien King September 30, 2016 at 2:17 am

    All those workers who was caused to go to work (after the instructions by government to shut down the country for safety reason because of the storm) by the request of their boss should be rewarded with six months pay with immediate effect, No excuses will be taken.

  4. Ras Selwin
    Ras Selwin September 30, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Some of d things that work for Barbados many many years are health care and education but these new players need to be educated , but they don’t listen and get vexxx when someone has a different perspective

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 30, 2016 at 3:27 am
  6. Leroy September 30, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Sukoo Byer changed a law back in 2015 and The shutting down of emerald city and Carlton by police may be contested in court and possibly won by Bynoe(with loss of revenue) based on the fact that its not mandatory to close businesses if employer has provided for the safety of staff as stated in law.

  7. Marsha Layne
    Marsha Layne September 30, 2016 at 4:05 am

    You did not know there was a shut down but you ‘called out’ the staff?? Why not let them turn up as they usually do??


    As for Kelly…his job not on the line…..soooooo……

  8. Tony Webster September 30, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Barbados is a perfectly normal, law-abiding country. It is, however, sometimes, briefly interupted , divided and challenged (how I dislike that word) by issues of class, ethnicity, religion, equity before the law; entitlement; propriety; and in this case (alledgely, apparently, and admittedly) also High Priviledge. It also suffers ( or enjoys, I know not which, and it cud be the both) the colonial hangover where we celebrate things with as much pageantry and pomp, as the Queen’s Birthday Parade…at Horse-Guards Square. Or the Ceremonial opening of The Assizes.
    Simply put, the Gentleman fondly known to us all as “Kelly”, has several hats….which he apparently wears as it suits him. Yes, he also has two sides to his Honourable mouth….both of which are usually found to be in good working condition. I am not qualified to speak to his brain, or ethics. His fish-cakes, I can attest , are excellent.

  9. Zeus September 30, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I don’t know why all this attention is being paid to this so call breech of a national shut down… Firstly it’s not a law it’s an agreement between public and private sector… If an employee is then asked to come out to work they can refuse or accept… at no time have I read where a worker complained that they were forced to work because there are laws for that….. By the way I ain’t hear nobody taking issue with BT because they had workers out in the field how was that picture taken of kellmans place…. Did BT breech the national shutdown also

  10. rodney.grant September 30, 2016 at 6:24 am

    can anyone tell me if those workers had been hurt either going to the job, at the job or leaving the job after work would they void they insurance claims if the country was on lockdown and the disaster agency had recommended no one outside except essential services

  11. Dominique Tudor September 30, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Lemongrass management is very poor! How can they say that they didn’t know it was an island wide shutdown?? I hope not only I can see the wrecklessness of that statement??
    But you apologised on your page saying you assumed it was over and the weather had improved… I assumed you had direct links to the meteorological office lemongrass. You still used in your business promotion on your FB page encouraging people to come out and endanger their lives with the tag #stormparty #openforlunch .Furthermore,how can the owner insult my friend who simply expressed his opinion that it was disgraceful ,my intelligence and by extension the rest of barbados’ non-essential services that were safe at home and not issue a direct apology? Their insensitive reply to my polite comment about concerns for staff and customers venturing out for their awesome food… the owner has the audacity to tell me ” we consider ourselves an essential service. It’s called work ethics you may have heard of that” not the direct quote but my grammar may be better.Imagine that is how lemongrass communicates with customers…and not an apology to me or the others their statement offended as yet. Happy to shine light on poor customer service .

  12. Terrance Holder September 30, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Minister Dennis Kellman allowed me to know that his sports bar was open because there were 6 football matches being played during the course of the day.

    I’m curious to see how he convinces cabinet that delivering football to the masses is an essential service.

  13. june September 30, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Wait!! Since when Cabinet is a Court??

  14. Denis' true true colors September 30, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Denis Kellman also proceeded to steal a picture of a little boy from his mother’s timeline and post on his timeline saying “he feels for the man that got her pregnant” because she vented to him about the opening of his many businesses during a national shutdown… Is Denis Kellman a paedophile? That he feels the need to steal and post up a pic of a 10 year old boy?

  15. Alex Alleyne September 30, 2016 at 8:57 am

    What is Cabinet doing to do ? , take away his “liqour License”.
    The person that need to be brought before Cabinet is the AG for all his blunders.

  16. Oldgirliegirl September 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Shame on u Alex all of them that open or call out workers got TV and Radios and they know what was going on good enough no excuses are accepted they r wicked and just dI’d what they felt like

  17. Phil September 30, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Hey, wait a minute, VOB and CBC staff went to work broadcasting from their studios too. Isn’t that the same blasted thing?

  18. eddy murray September 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Phil those people got there before the shut down was call.
    The thing about this, that DEM is not a strong body as clouted.
    When there is a national shut down all the people that needed to be at there stations or jobs will be call in before the shut down so none of the would be out on the street after the shut down. Next the Police and the army would take over the streets, so that no looting would take place, none of that happend, that why people was all over the place doing what they like.

  19. Kbee September 30, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Hotel workers went to work

  20. Joy September 30, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Eddy Murray the Police and Army are people too. You want them on the streets to get they heads cut off with galvanized sheets?

  21. Ronald September 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Can Mr Kellman be a government minister and at the same time have a private business?

  22. Ronald September 30, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Can a minister of government own a private business

  23. BaJan boy September 30, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Big pappy show from a stupid cabinet. Kellman’s behavior is consistent with their ongoing behavior as only them think they want money. Good thing none of them who get it dishonestly just not living to enjoy it. The essential services in every country have a role to play in emergencies and no intelligent person would make a comparison. Kellman and all them need just disappear..

  24. Charles Worrell September 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Brother Kellman, YOU ARE WRONG! First of all, lets say that this is a matter that can be addressed in a fer ways. One being that government could, as it did, order a shutdown and offer a caveat which simply demands that anyone violating it must have the requisite Insurance coverage in the event that there is hurt to those on the premises so they can absord a suit for any harm done to them. Of course the pundits will hire lawyers who will argue “contributory negligence” which has the effect of slicing that award in at least half.
    Brother Kellman, YOU ARE a SENIOR member of our Party; YOU ARE a minister of our very government and an order was issued, YOU FLAUNTED THAT ORDER! You disregarded the authority of the government to act in the interest of its people and their safety. YOU ARE WRONG SIR!


  25. harry turnover September 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    What is a National Shutdown ? ……I know of something called a STATE OF EMERGENCY or a CURFEW. where only essential services remained open.
    As far as I know Government can’t do anything about those businesses that were open with the Law as it is at present.
    ……but you see who is behind this?…the ACTING PRIME MINISTER…if the REAL REAL Prime Minister was around he wudda let it slide or say that is something between Brathwaite and Kellman and that disagreements between big hard back men in his party is nothing new.
    On another note the PM of Jamaica recently said that the PM of Bdos was a very smart man albeit in a sarcastic manner in my opinion,but Stuart should hit back when the opportunity presents itself that the best wayto fix a problem in another Country is to fix it before it leaves ones Country.
    Stop the drug mules and jackasses at your end and stop crying foul when we arrest them when they bring in the drugs at our end or we gine SUE too !!
    Since then two Jamacan men and one woman were arrested at the Norman Manley Airport on their way to BARBADOS loaded wid drugs.
    I say to you yardies well done.!!….keep it up !!

  26. shaniqua October 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    What is all the noise about. Rum shops and village shops were open and no one complained and i know this for a fact. The patrons went to buy last minute items. They knocked on the shopkeepers door and purchased the items. Then they went back home no rain was falling at this time and no wind was blowing. I saw this too. The shop was closed but they begged for sugar, milk and other items which they paid for and went home. NOONE was hurt. Men also sat in the rum shop drinking, talking about Janet, slamming dominoes and watching the little tv coverage of the storm. These were mostly old lonely men whose family are the proprietor and the other patrons. That is village life. The life of poor people who buy their supplies daily and men who drink rum. I know this for a fact as i am one of them. No electricity and no water living in a ghetto.


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