PM’s Cahill statement described as absurd and empty

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has been advised to try to find a way out of the Cahill Energy gasification project and to salvage Barbados’ reputation.

Stuart broke his silence on the controversial waste-to-energy project at the monthly meeting of the St James South Constituency branch on Sunday night, telling DLP supporters no decision had been taken on the issue and there was no need for alarm.

However, former Attorney General Dale Marshall today accused Stuart of trying to distance himself from the multi-million dollar project, which has faced stiff opposition from Barbadians. He contended that there was a “a haphazardness” about the process.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

“I don’t think that the Prime Minister has this in mind,” Marshall said in reference to the Prime Minister’s utterences on the deal to have the plant here.

During his speech on Sunday night Stuart, who is responsible for the Town Planning department, indicated that it is the Chief Town Planner who recommends approval or disapproval for the construction of buildings and the Prime Minister has the final say.

Describing the Prime Minister’s comments as “absurd, empty statements”, Marshall said the “brutal reality” was that the country has been committed to the agreement.

He recalled that Cahill Energy publicized that it had signed an agreement with the Government of Barbados for the construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant.

“I have to ask how is it possible that ministers could have been given approval to sign an agreement and now the Prime Minister seems to want to distance himself from it? I think it demonstrates poor governance. I certainly am not satisfied with his response. There is a haphazardness about the entire thing that worries me,” he said.

Marshall described as “nonsense” Stuart’s assurance that the project “can’t happen without his say so” after the agreement had been signed.

“I don’t take any comfort in that. His Cabinet ministers would have had Cabinet’s permission before they signed the agreement. You don’t sign an agreement for such significant expenditure and then seriously want to tell people that the agreement was signed, but the decision was not made. When you agree, you have agreed,” he stressed.

The former Attorney General contended that  the Prime Minister’s effort to bring a calm to the controversy was not helpful because, having signed the agreement, Cahill Energy expected Government to honour its commitment.

“If we now back out of this agreement, it will satisfy a lot of us, but the truth is, it will damage the reputation of our country which will be known as a country that does not honour its commitments,” he said.

8 Responses to PM’s Cahill statement described as absurd and empty

  1. Tony Webster September 16, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Empty and absurd? Methinks that you are treating the gentleman with overmuch kindness Sir! Once again, the common-sense of the Common-Man, has been offended, whipped, ridiculed, sliced -and-diced, and then tied wid a bow ‘pon top!
    I would guess that there was “polite and regular applause” from his friendly constituency audience …just like that occasioned when our dear Zim friend Uncle Bob read the wrong speech in Parliament just recently.

    Cahill stinks far more effectively than Mount Stinkaroo ever did.

  2. zeus September 16, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Politics around here is really laughable ..imagine this former attorney general has the audacity to ask how is it possible for ministers of cabinet to sign an agreement and the prime minister want to distance himself from it when this same former AG sat in the house of Parliament on national television skinning from ear to ear when the former PM Mr Owen Arthur tried to distance himself from the signing of the 3S agreement when he said that he was not present ….its really true to say bajans got short memories

  3. carson c cadogan September 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Dont forget the $700million Dodds Prison which the former Prime Minister Arthur said that he was against and was done without his knowledge.

  4. carson c cadogan September 16, 2015 at 7:28 am

    BTW, Doods was built by a company with absolutely no track record of building Prisons.

  5. carson c cadogan September 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

    The Govt. needs to press on with this most worthwhile project. The sooner started the sooner completed.

    Barbados stands to benefit tremendously from this waste to energy plant. Killing two birds with one stone, cheaper energy and the complete solving of our waste problem here in Barbados. We also stand on the cusp of cutting edge Technology, in the not too distant future countries from around the World will be beating a path to our door to see how its done.

    Mia Mottley does not know what she is talking about. Let her tell the Nation if she a Law Certificate in order to practice Law here in Barbados.

    • wayne dread September 16, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Carson you are making alot of sense with you proposal, don’t spoil it by raising the qualifications of the opposition leader, or should I say ruler, that issue is water under the bridge, they claimed she don’t need one

  6. jrsmith September 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    If this project is undertaken, waste to energy projects is nothing new, lots of countries have plants with varying technology. the issue and the frightening thing for Barbados if this is new untried technology. we have to tread cautiously.

    Corporates is just like politicians, ulterior motives beyond our shores, bajans will have to hope this project is not a failure, or else the government of Barbados is going to be left with a project they cannot afford as they say a white elephant. corporates make paying for failure a short journey.

    Lots of renew able energy projects around the world are failures, because the investment to return takes too long to break even or show profits. Don’t see why Barbados is trying to force itself to probably get stuck in the renewable energy mud.

    Barbados is decades ,way ahead of most countries/island with solar energy, countries/ islands are now testing, this idea. if us in Barbados hasn’t learnt anything from uses of this king of energy , well that’s sad , we need to do our own thing, utilise what we can afford.

  7. Tony Waterman September 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    @carson c cadogan!!!!! you said Quote:-“”BTW, Doods was built by a company with absolutely no track record of building Prisons.:: End Quote, but how much Carcenegenic Toxins does Dodds produce ?? A Prison and a waste to Energy plant are in two completely realms, no comparison at all.
    Re: Mia Mottley, PLease !!!! Don’t be Silly, Sir Henry Forde has already presented evidence that she was Admitted to the Barbados Bar Legally and Properly, as a matter of FACT He was her PRESENTER when she was ACCEPTED to PRACTICE LAW in Barbados.
    The City of OTTAWA, Ont. Canada just recently had to close down the Gas to energy Plant, which was being run under Test Protocols, as it did not in about 3 years reach any of the set outputs claimed by the Owners.Perhaps someone in Barbados should Contact the City Of Ottawa, and find out what problems they had with the plant here.
    @jrsmith!!!!! well put!!!!


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