Near 90-year-old anti-corruption law will do – Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is suggesting that a near 90-year-old piece of anti-corruption legislation that predates the 1937 riots is sufficient.

In response to calls by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to beef up the laws in a bid to root out corruption, Stuart told a meeting last night of ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) Christ Church branches there was no need for any other such laws despite the fact that people were alleging that “corruption was rife in Barbados because the Government had not proclaimed the Prevention of Corruption Act”.

“Long before the riots happened in 1937 when people looking like us in this room were not occupying the House of Assembly and when people like us in this room were not dominating the economy of Barbados, in 1929 a Bill was passed in Parliament which is still the law of the land entitled the Prevention Corruption Act. So it is not true to say that this is not on the statute books,” Stuart said.

In her reply to the 2017 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals presented by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on May 30, Mottley disclosed what she called wanton acts of corruption by the DLP administration.

Armed with documents, she tackled Government’s handling of the $700 million controversial Cahill waste-to-energy project, which was abandoned after a strong public backlash.

Mottley claimed that while Sinckler, Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe, Minister of Housing Denis Kellman, and Minister of Energy Senator Darcy Boyce had been in the spotlight as having signed the agreement with the Guernsey-based Cahill Energy for the plasma gasification plant in Vaucluse, St Thomas, Stuart was the first person to approve the agreement dating back to September 13, 2013.

“To this date, the ministers and Cabinet of Barbados will not share with the country the contracts that were signed in their names,” Mottley said then.

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader had also raised eyebrows about the conduct of some Government ministers.

“There are about four or five ministers in here [Parliament] who really have to ask themselves some questions. When people ask, ‘how can you drive a jeep belonging to a company that provides services to your ministry and gets work from your ministry and believe that is okay?’” she questioned.

During her featured remarks on Saturday at the BLP 79th annual conference at Queens Park, Mottley broached the issue again, promising to appoint an integrity commission as one of her first acts should she be elected as Prime Minister.

However, Stuart insisted last night that he had nothing to hide.

“I have no difficulty with anybody in Barbados at any time discussing corruption or integrity because Freundel Stuart as far as those two things are concerned sleeps well at night. I have said over again that there is nobody in Barbados or outside of Barbados holding any secret for Freundel Stuart . . . I have never had my integrity questioned and I don’t know that you can legislate integrity. You either have it or you don’t have it,” he said.

54 Responses to Near 90-year-old anti-corruption law will do – Stuart

  1. Carson C Cadogan October 30, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Very misleading and untrue headline.

    • Adrian October 31, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Misleading indeed

    • Ann Thomas October 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Dear Carson, which part is misleading and which part is untrue? Not only have I read this article, but also articles in other parts of the media, and certainly the impression I got is that it is being suggested that the current legislation on the books will do.

      If that is the case fine, but enquiring minds would like to know the following:

      (a) why hurry and pass legislation that you don’t intend to let see the light of day? Exactly who was the Government trying to impress?

      (b) which part of the new act is causing problems? Is it Part III Financial Disclosure s12(1) Declaration of affairs by persons in public life?

      (c)or is it s17 Declaration by political parties?

      (d) or is it that no Code of Conduct is wanted?

      Please, please tell us

  2. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow October 30, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Drunks and kids speak freely

  3. Gittens Hallam
    Gittens Hallam October 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Speak for yourself Mr prime minister, bet yuh can’t say the same thing about some your men

  4. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond October 30, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    “… I don’t know that you can legislate integrity. You either have it or you don’t have it.”
    It is precisely because you can’t legislate it that you need to put laws in place to force greedy politicians to keep their paws off the public purse.

  5. Geraldine Walrond
    Geraldine Walrond October 31, 2017 at 12:06 am

    If the near 90 hear old law will work why go to all the trouble to draft a new one?

    • MARIA Holder October 31, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Thank you Geraldine. They think everybody foolish, except them. This is really silly season

    • John Everatt October 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Simply because it doesn’t work. Politicians are getting away with crimes and nothing is being done about it.

    • hcalndre November 1, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Geraldine Walrond; Can`t you`ll see and understand this man is a Reincarnation person from the things the says, some are even before King James version and Chaucerian time, that`s who he is. He never speaks of the present, always in the past, 90 years are like yesterday to him.

  6. Monique Kashia
    Monique Kashia October 31, 2017 at 1:15 am


  7. Mervin Stevenson
    Mervin Stevenson October 31, 2017 at 2:35 am

    All the public demand is that Politicians declare their assets before and after demitting office and proof of income or justification for said assets.

  8. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 31, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Well if Owen used to be drunk when he spoke the p.m got to be sleep walking

  9. BaJan boy October 31, 2017 at 3:10 am

    He is just pleasing his theifing gang,and keeping it safe. How can laws of the industrial revolution be applicable in the digital age. Just shows why the country is regressing with the industrial type thinking and management. #oldfashionandclassless.

  10. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett October 31, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Everything and everyone crawling out the woodworks

  11. harry turnover October 31, 2017 at 5:22 am

    ……and now the end is near and yard fowls and paling cocks can be seen crawling out of the wood works like termites
    Ring de bell Stuart and let the people have an early Xmas.A time gine come when ya GOT TO DO IT.

  12. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne October 31, 2017 at 5:31 am

    2017 and a Prime Minister talking about an 100 year old law,which predate many of the things that are happening today..that law at the time I can bet you had other intentions within the context of what was happening in the country at that time.It is irrelevant sir the law needs updating or amending its like having a computer misuse act a 100 years ago but there was no computers at that time.Look we need integrity legislation even as someone said we cannot legislate integrity and also we need a freedom of Information Act …because we need to access information freely in this country to find out the deals government being getting into without consulting the people.Nearly every developed country has a freedom of information act in place so their citizens can have free access to information that affects them.Do one thing before you go into retirement sir is to bring these two important pieces of legislation.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray October 31, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Call elections so the people can choose what and who they want to lead them

  13. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls October 31, 2017 at 5:53 am

    When the bajan electorate ready for you it doesn’t matter what you say and how loud you shout it.

  14. Tony Webster October 31, 2017 at 5:56 am

    @Olutoye, Mervin, et al: tek bow, gentlemen. Some people think we were all born last week. Err…with apologies: SAD!

  15. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 31, 2017 at 5:59 am

    I now see why some people said the coming elections blood will flow on the streets and it will gutter politic for them. Nothing of substance from the sleeping giant. I saw a picture with him and a want man from India, I ask myself why would be want to be seem shaking or greeting a wanted man for money laundering. Can any person help me with this one. If I was harboring a wanted man I would have been taken to court or lock up for such, but the man with the highest office can din and wine with them.

  16. jrsmith October 31, 2017 at 6:02 am

    @,Olutoye ,Waldron, hail, hail, your (11:38 ) good shot says it all must add , the lack of ..Accountability …. for me is the key to keep our politicians in line , its alright having laws but then these said laws are broken by politicians , friends and certain families people who then think they is above the laws of the nation …….
    …………….. We must make sure our top heavy barbados political infrastructure , is under control ……politicians in barbados say what they like, do what they like when it suits them , then the black masses either like it or lump, more the latter…………….
    My take we need legislation such as an act of parliament this act namely so.. the (Accountability Act 2017 ) which then give the voters the automatic right , that the same votes which place MPs in office can be used to remove them , if they are not working in the interest of the people………………………………..
    Must further ask this question , what will happen in barbados if this government is return to office in the coming elections………

  17. MARIA Holder October 31, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Running bout the place trying to put all sort of things in place by December. After all the hard work he will say the same thing in January because the things will get to his desk and stay there. Lazy person

  18. Alex Alleyne October 31, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Let us say, “None shall escape”.

  19. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman October 31, 2017 at 6:15 am

    How bad is the real nature of the economy? That a political leader can stoop to this level to attack another leader “qualifications”.
    Why resort to character assassination and question another person integrity? The production was interesting but what exactly you people got to hide that you resorting to personal mud slinging? Just curious is it because you cannot give an account for your dismal performance for the 9 plus years? This old school politics for folks who like theatre is dead.

  20. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar October 31, 2017 at 6:52 am

    he can’t be serious lazy ass lawmakers the laws should be review every ten to 20 years and bring up to date if needed we have laws that don’t make no sense still on the books.

  21. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill October 31, 2017 at 7:03 am

    this is because you mr PM are full of crap, that law won’t do and MIA will bring the new law on the first day of business and your crew will be charged on the second day. #lockupforfreundel #miaforpm

  22. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade October 31, 2017 at 7:11 am

    All the people that us running fir office should make to declaired assets before election call trust me i know why

  23. Jennifer October 31, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Only an idiot makes a gallows to hang him or herself.

  24. Philip Tony Wilson
    Philip Tony Wilson October 31, 2017 at 7:19 am


  25. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy October 31, 2017 at 7:37 am

    but of course …. 🙂

  26. Ferreira Claude
    Ferreira Claude October 31, 2017 at 7:37 am

    A 90 year old law you should enforce…… you and your government has no transparency…… your ministers regularly contradicts you on major topics, Cleary you don’t have control and is do as you like for all ministries.

  27. Jennifer October 31, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Now if a law was passed when you had a collins in the canes, how can it refer to you as someone said in these digital times. We CLEARLY need a law to cover ALL of you people.

    • Jennifer October 31, 2017 at 8:14 am

      And you clearly got that third paragraph lop sided and fender bended >>>>>>>> a stranger to reality. Get it straight.

  28. luther thorne October 31, 2017 at 8:11 am

    ABSENTEE PRIME MINISTER is at it again.

    The PM is obviously stuck in time. He has not heard about Social media, does not read news papers, has not read the Clico Report yet and does not pay his critics any attention. He does not respond to correspondence and he as leader has not piloted one single piece of legislation that would significantly change the lives of Barbadians for the better .He seems to have no mission , no vision and no love for the country and its people and has introduce stupid about class. His actions have polarized the Country and made fools of those who seek to defend his nonsense, persons such as tha certain CBC Moderator whose credibilty is shot and who will only be employed by the DLP after the next election. The Prime makes Erskine Sandiford look like Winston Churchill and Tom Adams like Zeus. He is an ABSENTEE Prime Minister. We do not want such.

  29. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 31, 2017 at 8:20 am


  30. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 31, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Like I have been saying all along there will never be any integrity legislation in Barbados and let’s go further BLP nor any of these wannabe political parties want it either.It is silly season aka election campaigning hot air being blown around sounds like a game of suck and blow at the same time.Unless citizens become concern and start to really push these dirty slimy shady politicians and stop talking crap about being a B or D and see the big picture squat gine never ever change.The PM is just a yardfowl clown plain and simple.

  31. Cheryl Carter
    Cheryl Carter October 31, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Really? A horse and buggy was transportation back then. Is it suitable transportation today? Maybe on the terrible roads we have to deal with but the answer is still NO

  32. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler October 31, 2017 at 8:55 am

    so then why do we need laws about inappropriate jokes in the workplace? Either you are a decent person who respects his / her work colleagues, or you are not. Can’t legislate that?

  33. Mervin Phillips
    Mervin Phillips October 31, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Mr stuart Sir you look nervous the lil boy going to put some licks in you when you ring the election bell ,get some degreeser and rub the greese off your face ,take your two pressure pill before you burst an artery in your head because you talking foolishness you are no match for Ms Mottley,Ms Mottley is a leader not a follower like you in david thompson shadow ,go back to sleep man.

  34. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch October 31, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Lord have mercy..

  35. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson October 31, 2017 at 10:28 am

    A 90 year old law can never be adequate in today’s world when so many advances would have been made since then …no wonder it seems as if the country is going backwards with this type of thinking from our leader #timetogomrpmbackwardthinking

  36. Tony Webster October 31, 2017 at 10:44 am

    New word: Freundelian”: dictionary definition: deserving of polite, embarassed snickering; nervously rude; faintly ridiculous; smacking and smelling of desperation.
    See also “steupsian”. Yes, Webster’s Dictionary.

  37. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier October 31, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I was wondering why Barbados is so hot these days then I realised the sleeping giant is speaking

  38. luther thorne October 31, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Stuart needs to hand over the Prime Minister position to Donville Inniss . That is if he cares anything about his party or the country but it seems he cares not about anyone/thing. Donville Inniss needs to fight and wrest the leadership of the party if the party is to survive because when Mia get in, she is going to be like Tom Adams , Barrow and Arthur Combined in one . MAM = ABA. Mia is younger and more in touch with reality than Stuart . She is Social Media conscious and lives in the real world by utilizing cyber space. She is more about people and their concerns. The BLP is more about people and their concerns. The DLP is about polarizing the country, the fatted calf and politics of exclusion and being led by sn ABSENTEE Prime Minister.

  39. Belfast October 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    If the FBI had done to the Bajan Cabinet Minister who was said to have had a briefcase full of dollars when he entered the USA ; like the Metropolitan Police in London did to Antiguan Cabinet Minister Ascot Michael, Would our PM like, Antigua’s would have had the balls to fire that minister. I think not, and we talk of integrity.

  40. Carlisle Norville October 31, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    you really mean to tell me that ,we still have a set of J**k a***s some graduates of the university, some from Harrison college,& some who try so hard, to fool themselves that they know it all ,& their opinion is important (these disillusioned individuals are still supporting the failed policies of the D.L.P.)I know a good looking lady whose name I cannot mention, she graduated from Harrison college, went to the university looks so good, but she sticking wid the D.L.P. because her father & family is DEMS. i thought that we had brains so we can think for ourselves,( looking forward with all my heart, to hear that minister Fraundel & Sinclair both loose their
    seats in the parliament.( what makes me sick is that these jokers really believe that they can trick, fool & eventually persuade foolish Bajans, to vote for them again because ( Bajans got short memories)

  41. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 31, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Some of you people commenting on here just as ignorant that idiot talking about 90 year old anticorruption laws.

  42. Alex Alleyne October 31, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Anyone who think that any cabinet of BIm will pass a piece of “legislation” that will in the end put him/her and the rest of their “learned friends”/ colleagues behind bars/jail in years to come is asleep at the wheel . IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

  43. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Some of you people commenting on here just as ignorant as the idiot talking about 90 year old anticorruption laws.

  44. jrsmith October 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    @, Carlisle Norville, hail, hail , your (1:35) good shot , your last paragraph this is the stinger , the possibility is there for this to happen if so what then for barbados …………… You may even consider we may have a coalition government …….Who can hold the high note longer ……………..

  45. jrsmith October 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Our politicians is so in control , thats why nothing is seen to be done, but they survive for 2 terms …………………….

  46. Outside Looking In October 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Clearly the PM is very mentally tired and has lost the grasp on a number of recent topics. Bajans should be concerned of there being no credible opposition should the DLP be massively beaten.

    Clearly a change of government is needed. Existing ministers, those who survive, need to serve some time in opposition.. a few seasoned independent members of parliament would be a good thing too. In many respects Barbados need a unity government to wrestle the decline on so many fronts

    May God bless BIM in 2018..

  47. Bajan Patriot November 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Its time for something NEW. Anew begining in the political movement in Barbadians life. The two established political parties have proven to all of us that they are still mentally living in the 19th centuries and trying to govern in the in the 21st centre.

    I’m willing to give the newer parties an opportunity to take the country in an new direction. Change is good barbados. Not going back to the same two wash up parties. My fare is that the younger voter are not experience enough to make the right choice in they interest and will fall for the hate or like of candidates or parties.

    Entertainment is never a replacement for good policies. Most bajans go’s to political meeting to hear gossip and name calling.
    Look forward to hear the new parties vision for barbados.


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