Lashley: My hands are clean

Former Minister of Housing Michael Lashley wants to make it clear that the Al Barrack fiasco, which ended up costing Government in excess of $100 million, did not occur under his watch.

In fact, Lashley, who is the current Minister of Transport and Works, suggestedv during a ruling party meeting at Parkinson Memorial Secondary School last night, that his hands were clean since he was not even actively involved in politics when the contract for the Warrens Office Complex was awarded to the Vincentian building contractor.

“In 1997 I was in every single court of law practising my profession. I was in the Magistrates’ Court, I was in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal,” said  the trained attorney-at-law, who has been the Member of Parliament for St Philip North since 2003.

However, Lashley went on to suggest that the project, which was approved by the previous Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration, was embroiled in controversy from the start, while claiming that not only did Barrack Construction not pre-qualify for the project, but that its bid was $3 million higher than the four others received.

Lashley also pointed out that an amendment had to be made to the Housing Act after it was discovered that the National Housing Corporation (NHC) did not have the legal power to construct office accommodation.

“The rush was to tidy up the arrangement because since the NHC does not have the legal authority to go into building commercial buildings, it means that the whole contract was in a little problem,” Lashley said.

Nine years ago the High Court ordered the then BLP administration to settle its $34 million debt to the contractor. However, this ended up costing Government more than four times that amount, with the current  Minister of Housing Denis Kellman reporting to Parliament last week that after making nearly $150 million in payments to contractor Al Barrack, Government was still leasing the Warrens complex from Barrack Construction Ltd.

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 Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration.

However, amid the difficulties, he gave the assurance that the DLP would seek to bring the entire Barrack saga to a close.

26 Responses to Lashley: My hands are clean

  1. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett October 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Are they Michael?

  2. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 2, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    We know you wash them everyday but people think different

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 2, 2017 at 10:52 pm


  4. Imar V Boyce
    Imar V Boyce October 2, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    U now done wash dem wid squeezie?

  5. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore October 2, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    How can a man with a darkened soul have clean hands? Because you wash them with soap & water daily don’t make them clean.

  6. Judy Skinner
    Judy Skinner October 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    What an expensive, preventable and awful mess.

  7. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison October 3, 2017 at 12:15 am

    i feel so much better now i can pay all my bills…i can fill my house with food…i can sleep better at night knowing your hands are clean…thanks for sharing

  8. Max Carter
    Max Carter October 3, 2017 at 12:39 am

    lashley you break housing clean that is what you mean

  9. hcalndre October 3, 2017 at 1:39 am

    BT; Its BT or the minister that identified Mr. Barrack as a Vincentian? Is that to say being not a bajan is the problem? Bajan contractors are in other islands too.

  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 3, 2017 at 3:36 am

    It is amazing that you have to make such a statement to convince bajans that this one messed up . . . situation does not involve you. The fact that you had to assert that makes me wonder how clean are your hands, really.

  11. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury October 3, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Yea , yea .stupess.

  12. Danny Clarke
    Danny Clarke October 3, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Mine clean too . I just woke up and had a shower . Hell I even got into the habit of keeping a hand sanitizer on me when I’m out so if I have to stop n take a leak I can “clean” my hands . So thanks for sharing that you are a clean person Mr Lashley. You and Chris running to us everyday now making us wonder more . If I’m not guilty I’m not wasting my breath trying to convince anyone . I couldn’t care less what they think

  13. Alison Blackman
    Alison Blackman October 3, 2017 at 5:50 am

    You forget to mention your soul DARK

  14. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 3, 2017 at 7:22 am


  15. Jeff Weekes
    Jeff Weekes October 3, 2017 at 7:27 am

    coz you washed them with soap and water last night

  16. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville October 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Maybe the question should have been directed to heart.

  17. Rosemary P. Leon
    Rosemary P. Leon October 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Thank you for telling us, sir.

  18. Thunder October 3, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I guess Lashley’s conscience is finally kicking in!

  19. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb October 3, 2017 at 8:54 am

    The man who crucified Jesus thought his hands were clean as well,vote them out!

  20. Carie Apple
    Carie Apple October 3, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Man all of wunna dems get so ugly and aged. God don’t like the ugliness wunna doing.

  21. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed October 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

    i just came from pulling grass from some mud….my hands “clean” to.

  22. Angela October 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

    When I read these comments I feel so sad for my fellow Barbadians. We are willing to sacrifice truth at the foot of partisan politics. Party politics need to be abolished in this tiny island for any good development to take place.

  23. Tony Webster October 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    The Bard, as usual, deals with such human foibles and frailties, with exceeding panache, and grace:
    “methinks the Lashley (sic) doth protest overmuch”

  24. harry turnover October 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Lashley …you mean your hands are clean REGARDING THIS ONE.How about the bread in the suitcase one ?

  25. Belfast October 3, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    He may be like the fellow who told the Colonel that he had cleaned the barrack room windows with a dirty cloth.

  26. Randolph October 4, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Pilate washed his hands and said he was innocent.


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