Triple threat

Mottley slams members of Cabinet who run businesses

It’s wrong!

This is what Opposition Leader Mia Mottley thinks of the actions of some members of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s Cabinet who part with “convention” by operating businesses while being senior ministers responsible for controlling Government policy.

“You have now people [in Cabinet] . . . running full time commercial businesses. Nobody is asking you to divest yourself of ownership of assets that you might have prior to public life. But you create a blind [independent] trust and devolve all management decisions away from you as minister.

“But to have a minister running a business, getting the benefit of his ministerial status in the promotion of that business on a day to day basis . . . it is wrong. [It is] something that must be deprecated in the strongest possible terms,” the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader said.

While addressing a BLP candidate nomination meeting at St Michael School last night for the St Michael South Central constituency, Mottley led a stinging attack on Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick – who owns a bar, Goodies, in Six Roads, St Philip – and Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo – who runs a medical practice, accusing them of dismissing the covenant established by her party when it was in Government.

Dr David Estwick
Dr David Estwick
Minister of Labour  Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo
Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo

However, she reserved her most witheringly scornful rebuke for Minister of Housing Denis Kellman, who last Wednesday kept his Moontown Hardware open in defiance of a national shutdown during the passage of then Tropical Storm Matthew.

Denis Kellman
Denis Kellman

Carlton & A1 Supermarkets, Lemongrass Noodle Bar & Grill and Chefette had also opened despite the national shutdown order by the Department of Emergency Management.

In the face of public criticism of his decision to keep the business open, Kellman was defiant, stating on his Facebook page that those who criticized him were “jealous because our mall was open to serve Lucy’s children”.

Mottley suggested that the minister had dismissed Barbadians in a vile and    sickening manner.

“In that posting the minister is literally sticking his thumb, his finger, up the entire Barbados public, and the media who legitimately asked the Acting Prime Minister [Richard Sealy], how could you condone the [Attorney General] quarreling about fast food businesses and supermarkets opening, and not a word of condemnation for Denis Kellman, their ministerial colleague?

“I deplore the actions of Minister of Housing Denis Kellman for opening his business at the very time that the Attorney General was seeking to do the right thing by asking people to observe the national shutdown, because what is at risk is ultimately people’s lives,” the BLP leader said.

“You must never as a person sitting in the same Cabinet next to him [Attorney General], and next to the Acting Prime Minister, being the first out of the wicket to break the request for there to be a national shutdown.”

The Opposition Leader contended that there was no way this would have happened under a BLP Government, insisting that none of the professionals, including lawyers, practised when she was a minister in the Owen Arthur administration.

“In our Cabinets before, you could not serve as a Cabinet minister and run a business. It was never the law, but it was the convention.

“Jerome [Dr Jerme Walcott] would tell you that as a doctor he had to stop practising. Can we say the same thing about Esther Byer-Suckoo?”

14 Responses to Triple threat

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 4, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Mia, I am total agreement with you, but you need to go back and do your research on some of your ministers under the Owen Arthur Led administration who ran businesses. Remember that half is still six of a dozen, and without a proper ministerial code of conduct written into the ”holie’ Constitution,’ we know things are simply going to remain the same.

  2. Hal Austin October 4, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Kellman has been running his business for years. Is there a conflict of interest when ministers who run businesses make ministerial decisions?
    What about those who continue to work as doctors, lawyers and accountants?

  3. Zeus October 4, 2016 at 6:05 am

    This is what politics coming to now well well

  4. The Negrocrat October 4, 2016 at 6:22 am

    I think her comments are fair.

  5. Alex Alleyne October 4, 2016 at 7:39 am

    And the end result is ?????????.

  6. Coralita October 4, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Ms. Mottley who are you trying to fool???

    Doesn’t your cabinet member Santia Bradshaw do work outside of her parliamentary responsibilities? She is the head of Pyramid Entertainment Management Inc which manages entertainers and that brings in revenue doesn’t it?

    If according to you parliamentarians are not supposed to work outside of parliamentary duties doesn’t that make her just as guilty as the others you chose to condemn??? Look give me a break!!!

  7. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 4, 2016 at 10:56 am

    God bless you, Mia. You are on a roll constantly day by day.

  8. Phil October 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

    The last time I checked, ANYONE and EVERYONE is entitled to have one or more places of employment in Barbados so long as they make their regular NIS, PAYE and Corporate business taxes and have valid operating licenses et al. It is my view however that in cases of NATIONAL emergencies, NO ONE is above the law. and in this case, CERO, the RBPF and the Government should have issued a no bars hold statement to ALL businesses. And threaten legal action to all businesses found and proven to act in contravention of this emergency order.
    Coralita, Get off the fence. You are exposing your Yard – fowlish behavior. How much do they pay you?

    • Coralita October 4, 2016 at 11:51 am

      You keep demonstrating your lack of common sense. You are one of the biggest yardfowls bout the place.

      Go and read what your leader said carefully and see if you understand it. You are always on the defensive for the Bees. How much are they paying you???

      I so dislike these political parties and what they stand for I never even wanted a job in government and has always worked in the private sector. The company I work for in the private sector pays me.

      You are entitled to your opinion and so am I and quite frankly I don’t care anything about you nor your silly comments. You and your comments are one and the same, SILLY!!!

  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Both of these political parties in Barbados nothing but garbage so when one calls out the other it becomes laughable can’t and won’t take these clowns seriously if my life depended on it.

    • Coralita October 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Thank you Rawle

  10. Carson C Cadogan October 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Mia, Mia, Mia.

    Be honest for a change.
    Your Barbados Labour Party Ministers didnt have to work because we all know what used to happen.

    All of them used to skim 10 – 20% off the top of every project which was carried out by the various Ministries.

    So as a result they didnt have to open a Bar or a Cook shop or a Doctor Office to make ends meet.

    One of your people became a Minister in 2008. He entered Parliament with debt collectors and bailiffs running after him in 2008. When he left Parliament fourteen years later , he was and still is a Millionaire. Now how did that happen to a broke pocket man?

    When you speaking you must include all of these little things, dont just give half of the story, the Barbados Media will buy it but not the rest of us with long memories.

    • Carson C Cadogan October 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      correction he became a Minister in 1994 and left office in 2008.

  11. annonymous October 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    some people don’t understand. it is when you are in Ministerial positions that you should not have other jobs. I think that is the law but it seems anything goes with this Prime Minister


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