Mia wants apology from Sinckler

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley addressing the audience at last night’s political meeting

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, wants an apology from Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, who she contends misled the House of Assembly on whether he knew of a Cabinet decision to increase the allowances of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) directors.

Addressing a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) rally at the junction of Baxter’s and Westbury roads last night, Mottley produced a document, which she said ‘fell off a truck’, and showed that Cabinet sent a note to the Ministry of Social Security authorising that increase last year.

The BLP had advertised last night’s meeting as ‘The Moment of Truth – Come and hear who misled the House of Assembly and the people of Barbados. Come and see the evidence’.

Before revealing the Cabinet note, the BLP leader got her sound engineers to replay an excerpt of last week’s parliamentary session, where Sinckler could be clearly heard denying knowing that the directors were in for a pay raise.

The document which approved the increases

Mottley’s complaint in the House had been that Cabinet was about to approve, or had approved, an increase of allowance for NIS board members from $300 to $900, “in circumstances where other Barbadians are having to literally scotch to be able to eat food”.

According to the parliamentary recording, re-played on a jumbo screen for the rally audience, Sinckler objected at this point to Mottley’s claim and said, “I can categorically deny that I have any knowledge of, or information pertaining to any such matter between the Minister of Labour and the National Insurance”.

Some of the people who turned out for yesterday’s meeting

After having former Cabinet minister and BLP candidate, Reverend Joseph Atherley go on stage and authenticate the document as Cabinet correspondence, Mottley said, “I come here tonight not to ask the Prime Minister to reshuffle him out from the Cabinet, or to re-shuffle him from Finance.

” [But] to tell Chris Sinckler … apologise to the people of Barbados for what transpired in Parliament this week.”

According to the what was revealed by Mottley, the note from the Cabinet secretary to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s permanent secretary, stated, “the following extract from the confirmed minutes of a meeting of the Cabinet held on October 15, 2015 is forwarded for early action”.

It went on to detail, among other things, fees payable to members of the National Insurance Board as $1,800 per month for the chairman and $900 per month for the deputy chairman and members each.

9 Responses to Mia wants apology from Sinckler

  1. Lauriston Applewhaitelauriston
    Lauriston Applewhaitelauriston March 20, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Isn’t this kite flying time .Tell Billy go fly a Kite.

  2. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd March 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm


  3. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd March 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm


  4. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 20, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Well, once again we can see how antiquated the system governance in Barbados really is because the Opposition Leader is asking for an apology on the account that the Minister of Finance misled the House of Assembly. Well according Webster Dictionary MISLED: means to lie or to be unfaithful to the truth. And this kind of conduct warrants some kind of sanctions because if proven to be true, it is an out right violation of party ethics.

  5. Roslyn Sobers
    Roslyn Sobers March 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I love it Mia.Make him apologize.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 21, 2016 at 4:08 am

      You want a simple apology when this minister continues to tell the public one thing while he is doing something else in secret. Do you not realise that this government provided reasons, why public servants cannot get a pay rise, why income tax returns are on a go slow payout, why health care and sanitation is in fail mode because, because, because and they could still find 7 million dollars to go on a one-year celebration. Is this the first time that the finance minister has lied. Time for the establishment of an oversight committee with powers to overturn decisions of all ministers including the Prime Minister, power to seize documents and subject them to forensic audits, time for all proposals and projects to be overlooked thoroughly, and time for such a committee to have the power to request criminal investigation into ministers or civil servants allege to be involve in corruption. Apology my donkey and ass.

  6. Sue Donym March 21, 2016 at 8:11 am

    “The Moment of Truth”… I was rather hoping for the “Season of Truth” or “Truth: The New Normal”

    He won’t apologise… but then I probably shouldn’t GeneralLies.
    Note: remember to spell check before submitting

  7. Analyzer March 21, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    He has really earned his nickname!
    Speaking of apologizing they should apologize to the lady who has the copyright to Beautiful Barbados.

  8. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria March 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    And I want my money….


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