Lie, what lie?

Mottley rebuts Sinckler’s loan statement

Not so fast, Mr. Minister!

In a fiery retort, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has challenged Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to stop “hiding behind allegations of default that were never made” about the Government’s loan with Swiss bank Credit Suisse, and come clean on the true status of the arrangement.

Mottley dismissed the Ministerial Statement delivered by Sinckler in Parliament yesterday as nothing more than “verbal gymnastics and contortions” which left unanswered questions as to why, on June 18th, 2015, the approximately $88 million loan was not paid to Credit Suisse.

Sinckler had accused the Barbados Labour Party leader of telling a “horrible untruth” and making a “dangerous and irresponsible” claim that gave the impression that Barbados had defaulted on the payment for servicing the loan.

Armed with a signed document bearing the signatures of top executives of Credit Suisse, he said the “Government, in fulfillment of its obligations, made the payment as scheduled in the amount of BDS$ 41.23 million, representing interest $20.6 million and amortization $20.63 million, to the various holders of the facility.”

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley

But in a strong reply, Mottley clarified that she said at a recent public meeting “that as of June 18th and the Friday thereafter, the sum of approximately $88 million dollars which was consistent with the terms and conditions approved by Parliament in Decemeber 2013 had not been paid.”

Insisting that she was standing by her statement, the Opposition leader argued that if the fiscal circumstances and the state of foreign reserves necessitated a renegotiation, or an extension of the repayment terms, it should have been brought to the attention of Parliament and the country.

“I am further demanding that the Minister of Finance comes straight and thorough with the citizens of Barbados as to the true status of the terms and conditions of the Credit Suisse loan.  Are all the terms and conditions still the same as approved by Parliament in 2013? Or, have they, like most other things of late, been changed unknown to the Parliament and the people of Barbados?

“This is too serious a matter for the Minister of Finance to be hiding behind allegations of default that were never made.  If the loan has been renegotiated, or the terms extended due to the inability of the Government to readily meet them, then the Minister of Finance must say so, and cease engaging in verbal gymnastics and contortions.”

7 Responses to Lie, what lie?

  1. Tony Webster July 23, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Hell hath no fury as a lady deceivedly scorned….or whatever. I was wondering when she was going to drop her “high card”. The “helpfull” Credit Suisse letter does indeed say “at the date of this letter”!!!!!

    Q: Why can’t we trust certain people to tell us The Truth, The Whole Truth…and Nothing but the truth?
    A: Quite simply, it’s because we know Ananci “long time”…and he does not deserve to be trusted.

    Makes you wonder: what other tricks has Ananci been up to…or has in the “implementation” stages? Hmmm, who was is that said: “Trust…but verify”?

  2. Not picker July 23, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Tony …all I can say ” you are an excellent candidate for the kool-aid ” as of this date, applies to the inquiry that was initially requested to confirm status of the loan

  3. Carl Harper July 23, 2015 at 8:28 am


    “Interest payments saw a net increase of $56.2 million, primarily as a result of interest payments due in respect of the Credit Suisse US$225.0 million and First Citizens’ US$25.0 million loans….Domestic amortization increased primarily due to a larger amount of maturing debentures during the period April 2014 to March 2015 compared to 2014, total net increase in amortization payments was $87.4 million (p. 20 – 21).”

    Mr Sinckler, please explain to the people of Barbados the reason only $41.23 million was paid to Credit Suisse and not the $87.4 million as agreed in Parliament.

  4. Tony Webster July 23, 2015 at 9:44 am

    @ nit-picker: go ahead, help yourself to some of Carl’s excellent “Kool-aid”…as above! And you cud choose: who to believe: Ananci…or “Hook, Line, and Sinkler”?

  5. christopher hill July 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

    From what the evidence is Mr. Sinckler has only paid the interest and a partial payment of the principle. However the loan still exist and we would be paying this for a long time. so tell me now what is the status of the Barbados Foreign exchange reserves.

  6. carson c cadogan July 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Mia, admit that you were wrong and move along.

  7. gee-gee July 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

    What Mia is wrong about? smartenup people,


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