‘I’m not that kind of minister,’ Kellman tells storm victim

Minister of Housing Denis Kellman has responded to claims made by a 33-year-old St Andrew resident, whose home was damaged by Tropical Storm Tomas nearly seven years ago.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY Tuesday, Shorey Village resident Teresa Walkes bitterly complained that she  had received very little assistance from the Rural Development Commission after the house that she had called home from the time she was 18 years old was destroyed during the storm’s passage in October, 2010.

In the aftermath of the storm, Walkes and her two sons were placed in a one bedroom house in Babylon Road, St Andrew reportedly given the assurance that their stay would be temporary since the RDC would rebuild their home.

However, Walkes said nearly seven years later the promise had not been fulfilled and she continued to live in the cramped conditions with her two sons.

In response, Kellman said Wednesday that while there was some justification for Walkes to be given a bigger home, there were other storm victims who had not benefited from any assistance whatsoever since Tomas struck in 2010.

He also suggested that it was for Walkes’ to follow up on her request for assistance from the state-run agency while explaining that in addition to providing the one-bedroom house, the RDC had paid the initial rental cost of the land on which the dwelling was built.

Kellman also said that an estimate for the repairs was made by the RDC while acknowledging that he had promised the householder that the necessary materials would be provided to her.

The minister said he had also forwarded the requisite information to the RDC for action to be taken in Walkes’ interest.

He therefore said he felt quite aggrieved over her suggestion that he had deliberately sought to avoid her.

“I am not the kind of minister who instructs his secretary to say I am not in office when I am there,” Kellman said, adding that he was “a bit surprised” that Walkes could have made a comment like that”.

“Anyone who knows me would know that I am not like that,” Kellman stressed without giving any indication of when or if Walkes’ current plight would be remedied.

The 33-year-old mother, who is currently working as a waitress said she was burdened with having to pay rent for the house provided by the RDC, taking care of her 16 and 18 year old sons, both of whom attend the Daryll Jordan Secondary School and are graduating this year, and making ends meet to pay for utilities, all on minimum wage.

She also told Barbados TODAY she had been forced to shelve plans to construct a new house because she simply did not have the money.

However, when contacted about what help would be given to Walkes, RDC Director Randolph Outram said the minister was dealing with the matter.

nevilleclarke@barbadostoday.bb 

  

27 Responses to ‘I’m not that kind of minister,’ Kellman tells storm victim

  1. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe July 6, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Proof that a “truly crazy person” can but an MP

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  2. Nicole Haynes
    Nicole Haynes July 6, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Stupse woman begging you eva since

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  3. Sonia Seale
    Sonia Seale July 6, 2017 at 3:01 am

    “”The minister said he had also forwarded the requisite information to the RDC for action to be taken in Walkes’ interest. However, when contacted about what help would be given to Walkes, RDC Director Randolph Outram said the minister was dealing with the matter.”Now we can see why nothing has been done and why he is not “that kind of minister”. This response from the minister and the RDC has not given any explanation why the assistance has not been given to the young lady, besides the fact that she could not have been given a bigger place because she was lucky to have gotten that little assistance while the others were not as fortunate as she. What a sorry excuse for a response. To make matters worse, the minister said he passed on the information to the RDC, but the RDC said the minister is dealing with the matter. There might be someone there in the middle who will catch the files( while they are on their way either to the minister or to the RDC) and start to actually do something besides talk. Why is he aggrieved?If she had not come to this forum to state her concerns she would never had known that “something ” is being done and that he “is not that kind of minister”. I am yet to find out what kind of minister is he, the talking one or the action one. Let’s have a vote.

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  4. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small July 6, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Total let down

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  5. hcalndre July 6, 2017 at 4:53 am

    If I`m wrong I stand to be corrected, was there a fund to help the victims of such disasters? and that fund was moved to some other place to do what it was not established for.

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  6. Mazie Kienemund
    Mazie Kienemund July 6, 2017 at 5:02 am

    I admire politicians,they certainly have a knack for making themselves seem efficient,for answering questions,with such convictions,that you feel as if they are on your side,I especially like when he said,I’m not that kind of minister,ask any body that knows him,well done sir,your response was spot on,only problem was,you could have express concern for your constituent,and then kinda come up with a resolution…just saying,but like most politicians your answer was smooth like butter..

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  7. Greengiant July 6, 2017 at 7:07 am

    It’s not the politicians, it’s the senior employees who are tasked with delivering these services. They’re the ones who set the priorities with whom will get assistance and when. The ministers may send people, but the public servants does the work. So sombody, somewhere has dropped the ball on this young lady.

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  8. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis July 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    An epidemic of failures. Someone please eat more ground provisions and healthy food s and bring to us a hero to save us from this sorry state of affairs. It would also apparently assist Minister Jones. He wants more of us so that we can live cramped up. Sincere sorrow for the lady’s plight. Hope the Minister will be in his office and won’t be aggrieved if she calls again.

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  9. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore July 6, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The kind of minister that puts his personal & business interest first. So too the rest of DEM.

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  10. Harry July 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

    after 7 years is it any wonder that the lady feels as she does??

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  11. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 6, 2017 at 8:07 am

    HE DOES BE TOO BUSY LOOKING INTO OTHERS MINISTRIES EXCEPT HIS OWN, IDIOT HE IS……TELL DE PEOPLE HOW CHEFETTE GOT THAT PIECE OF LAND THERE AT BOTTOM OF THAT ROUNDABOUT…..ISN’T THAT NHC LAND?

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  12. just observing July 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

    What ever has become of the international loan or assistance that was to help with housing? That gone to help pay salaries ? What about the catastrophe fund that get tek to put in consolidation fund? That money should have benefitted cases like this. If another catastrophe hits we begging neighbours for help when we should have had a headstart. Head ain’t brain though!

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  13. Alden Blackman July 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Minister Kellman, you are that kind of man who AVOID people after your made promised , can you remember your promised to Alden Blackman of Clarkes Rd, Derricks, St.James and his plight of at risk, due to the MTW adding and abetting an Ex-Pat to developed a private road in a watercourse that caused flooding in Clarkes Road

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  14. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 6, 2017 at 9:15 am

    KELLMAN

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  15. Don July 6, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Stop looking for handouts and always complaining ,people in Barbados don’t know how fortunate they are ,Its sad but Barbados seems to be going backwards because the people nowadays ain’t willing to separate they wants from needs ….

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    • Leroy July 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Waitress with 2 sons and paying rent,,i dont think she has much money for wants, maybe just needs,so before u belittle or bring her down go figure. Now, if she could do better im sure she would, she is at least working and a tax payer like anyone else, a fund was setup to help and it should help. We are all human beings, we ALL pay taxes, and there ate safety nets for the least among us. Some of us more fortunate than others but please understand that but for the grace of God,,it could be anyone who needs a helping hand.
      The rich dont need no help or handouts, if she was named Halute or Maloney she would need help and they should be very thankful evryday, but I want some of my tax dollars to be
      spent on people like her.

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    • hcalndre July 7, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Don, what handouts are you speaking about, people that get assistance from the government that I know of live better than some working people, can you say that of Barbados? some people can`t even buy 2 chickens because one is not enough to serve the family.

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  16. Saga Boy July 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I would like to know where her relatives and the father of the children are in this matter? Everybody is depending on government to provide for them. The private sector expect handouts from hoteliers to manufacturers to those in sugar and people whose houses burn down expect Gov t to help get them back in their feet. And then you complain that gov is overtaxing people.

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    • Leroy July 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Waitress with 2 sons and paying rent,,i dont think she has much money for wants, maybe just needs,so before u belittle or bring her down go figure. Now, if she could do better im sure she would, she is at least working and a tax payer like anyone else, a fund was setup to help and it should help. We are all human beings, we ALL pay taxes, and there ate safety nets for the least among us. Some of us more fortunate than others but please understand that but for the grace of God,,it could be anyone who needs a helping hand.
      The rich dont need no help or handouts, if she was named Halute or Maloney she would need help and they should be very thankful evryday, but I want some of my tax dollars to be
      spent on people like her.

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    • hcalndre July 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Saga Boy, you seem to be ‘one o` dem” that believe with all the taxes that this government is taking from people even on a loaf of bread that they`re should get a free ride. Taxes are deducted from your paycheck to provide services and still I hear one fellow saying that the listeners of CBC should donate $10 to station, if it was not a government run, then people could send in donations. Since you know that the government over taxing the people, then they should help who need helping.

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  17. Alex Alleyne July 6, 2017 at 11:18 am

    You are LOST.

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  18. Ossie Moore July 6, 2017 at 11:37 am

    He maybe minister o’ Moon-town but for donkey years we had Mayors o’ certain villages across the the 21 by a smile wide and they certainly had a lot of say when they wanted the local governments and past administrations get a job done. The minister can do the right thing but he also has priorities greater. The social worker and housing department personnel can bear some of the weight here.

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  19. Milli Watt July 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    yaWNNNNNNNNNN!

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