Barrack debt still not settled – Kellman

After making nearly $150 million in payments to contractor Al Barrack, Government is still leasing the Warrens Office Complex at Warrens, St Michael from Barrack Construction Ltd, Minister of Housing Denis Kellman revealed today in the House of Assembly.

Speaking during debate on a $13.7 million supplementary vote to complete the payment of legal fees to Barrack’s attorneys  – Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC; Sir Maurice King, QC; Sir Trevor Carmichael, QC; and Douglas Trotman – Kellman argued that these inherited expenses had proven burdensome to the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration.

“This is a matter that has been pending for a long time, and in these economic times this Government has had to find these sums to pay this large bill, which has nothing to do with the previous construction cost. “When one considers that the previous cost would have been in the range of $70 million and then the legal cost, which means that as it stands right now, the Government would have paid out nearly $150 million on this particular project,” he said.

Nine years after a High Court ordered the then Barbados Labour Party-led administration to shell out $34 million for his part in completing the Warrens Office Complex in St Michael, Barrack was finally paid last year.

However, his settlement ended up being more than twice the original judgment, due to accrued interest with Kellman complaining today that even though this sum had been paid, Government was still leasing the building from Barrack Construction Ltd because the debt was not totally settled.

“People sometimes ask why is it that we cannot find money to carry out debushing; we cannot find money to repair roads, but when one considers that on assuming office Government not only had to deal with the accrual system, where we had to pick up all the expenditure, which was not previously paid by the Barbados Labour Party, [but] we were saddled with a bill of over $77 million, which has nothing to do with the prison,” he said, adding that given the global economic situation “one can understand the type of strain the Government was under”.

However, amid the difficulties, he gave the assurance that the DLP would seek to bring the entire Barrack saga to a close while contending that as far back as the September 6, 2006 this matter should have been completed since the debt was accumulating interest at the rate of ten per cent per annum.

19 Responses to Barrack debt still not settled – Kellman

  1. John Boost
    John Boost September 27, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Fast forward that youtube video too 2:50

    • Frank Fowler
      Frank Fowler September 27, 2017 at 3:41 am

      Hey John Boost You know this man is and idiot right?

  2. Steve Iso
    Steve Iso'lene Yarde September 27, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Since we divulging , please tell us if we owe lagan construction any monies because of their law suit over the awarding of the Bridgetown Marina Project to SMI. Oh and what about 3S Barbados SRL the company contracted to build the fly overs back in 2007 do we owe them as well since the fly overs were shelved by DT..Give us all the details ,

  3. Don Keyote September 27, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Now that’s what you call a boss political strategy. After taking over the Government in 2008, you delay settling a 2007 debt for nine years and then you blame the BLP for the extra millions in interest you had to pay out. Brilliant.

  4. Bradg September 27, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Whenever Gov needs money you go to parliament and within hours the citIzens have a new tax to pay…….as easy as that. This admin waste tax payers money, thats why you are broke as joke!!

  5. John Everatt September 27, 2017 at 5:13 am

    This is not Al Barrack’s problem. This is your problem Mr Kellman and all your fellow DLP people. You are responsible for this as is the BLP originally. But you have to pay the bills and with no transparency the public does not know where all the money is going. So you say you have no money, Just tell us where it went.

  6. Johnathan September 27, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Before the BLP could settle the debt within a space of 9 months they were voted from office. The debt would have hardly be paid in 9 months by any stadard in any Government. They refused to settle it for 9 1/2 years and as usual wallow its the BLP problem.

  7. Frank White September 27, 2017 at 6:52 am


  8. Wanda Annette Haggins
    Wanda Annette Haggins September 27, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Not selling nothing cannot help them other people never

  9. Freeagent September 27, 2017 at 7:39 am

    This is not a DLP’s debt. This Owen Arthur administration could/should have been paid off the original figure.

  10. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch September 27, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Stop complaining about what the last administration did..You all had 9 years to repair this Country…and in do nothing yet…but still de money gone.

    • Philip Matthews
      Philip Matthews September 27, 2017 at 9:26 am

      with the $20 billion they took in taxes in DEM 9 years in power

  11. Kevin September 27, 2017 at 9:07 am

    When the BLP get back in let them settle this matter. It was their fault.

  12. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 27, 2017 at 9:29 am

    What is the status of the land at Hopeland? Hopeland is becoming Hopeless for the people who paid the NHC for these lots and cannot get their conveyances.

  13. BaJan boy September 27, 2017 at 9:43 am

    You guys Kevin and free agent are so stupid…which government would have settled a debt of the magnitude in 9 months. These clowns have not completed it in 9 years. Governments are responsible for their previous governments actions not inactions. Kellma is in typical BaJan a hyphaluted clown..

    • Kevin September 27, 2017 at 11:18 am

      The judgement was handed down in 2006. Way more than 9 months.

  14. Loretta Griffith September 27, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Frank Fowler do you know it takes one idiot to know the other?
    When he looks in the mirror, and he is happy with what or whom he sees – that is important. Not the ad hominems.
    Deal with the issues and not the person.

  15. Ossie Moore September 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Dennis ! Can we have an instant replay of Mr Al Barrak sitting on his stool at Warren Roundabout with some white powder on his face and a glove like Invador Number Two?

  16. Greengiant October 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    E Jerome Davis the pseudonym. I thought you had lost your pen mate. Great to see you are warming up for the battle, don’t lose your edge.


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