UPP alleges postal fraud

The United Progressive Party (UPP) is alleging that something fishy is going on at the post office which rises to the level of  postal fraud.

UPP candidate for St Michael East Paul Forte is charging that he mailed just over a thousand letters to constituents, but somehow, not a single one was delivered.

“I sent out hundreds of letters to first-time voters in September, only to find out on canvassing that not one letter was received, and so I decided to send out another set of letters, this time to constituents in my area, introducing myself and sharing my plans for this constituency, and of the 500 letters sent on November 3rd, not one constituent of St Michael East has received a letter, not one,” Forte complained at a constituency meeting in Cutting Road, St Michael.

In fact, UPP Leader Lynette Eastmond went as far as to suggest that a crime had been committed,

“There is something called postal fraud and you can get lock up for postal fraud. The Government guarantees us that when we put something in an envelope, seal the envelope, put a 65 cents stamp on it and take it to the post office or place it any postal box across the island, that it is supposed to get where it is supposed to go. It must get to the recipient,” Eastmond stated.

“Postal fraud is not any kind of summary offence, it is a serious offence. Those are the offences that you go to the High Court for.”   

Eastmond added that it was shameful that this was happening at a time when political parties were talking about integrity and integrity legislation.

It was an apparent reference to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which on Saturday presented the first draft of its Integrity Commission Bill which it said would help to curb rampant corruption in Barbados.

The bill, which was drafted with counsel from Sir David Simmons; Leslie Haynes, QC; Gregory Nicholls and Stewart Mottley, will see the establishment of a six-member commission which will be allotted investigative powers to inspect reports of corruption. It also has provisions to ensure the protection of whistle blowers.

Under the bill, which the BLP said would be introduced if it forms the next Government, people guilty of corruption will face jail sentences and fines as high as $500, 000.

However, UPP candidate for St James South Christal Austin told constituents of St Michael East the gesture was nothing more than smokes and mirrors.

“If you had 14 years and you didn’t do it then why are you going to do it now?” Austin questioned, while making reference to the BLP’s tenure in office before it was voted out in 2008.

“Do not let the wolf pull wool over your eyes. They will say and do anything to get into power because they are self-interested and they only want to be in power,” she said.

23 Responses to UPP alleges postal fraud

  1. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea November 20, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Wonna aint self interest to everyone that go into politics have some kind of self interest wonna upp idiots

  2. Lennox hewitt November 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Upp i doubt u u claimming u send all these letters more than once u mean to tell me no one get a letter from u? U telling lies u start out telling lies at least u could of only one person get but no one get ? Telling lies on post office man.

  3. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan November 20, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    You need two things son,
    #1 A good barber
    #2 Stamps for the letters
    I don’t know if somebody at the post office got time to waste singling out your letters for non-delivery. Bloody nonsense wunna coming wid just to be noticed.

    • Wayne T Griffith
      Wayne T Griffith November 20, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      If you don’t believe it then you might as well not believe you’re alive

    • Jai Khan
      Jai Khan November 20, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      If you so sure you better tell the upp where you hide them…
      I’m very much alive and I definitely do not believe that

    • Wayne T Griffith
      Wayne T Griffith November 21, 2017 at 12:16 am

      Continue to keep your head burried in the sands

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy November 21, 2017 at 5:40 am

      Murdaaaaaa…. I diedddddd.. Jai Khan kilt meh…. Hahhaaaaa

  4. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith November 20, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    This is a serious indictment which should be taken officially to the Postmaster General. Who is preventing the UPP mail from reaching constituents?

  5. Donild Trimp November 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    It is inconceivable that 1000 letters were mailed out through the Postal Service and not even one was delivered.

    That is not possible my friend.

    I question the varsity of your story.

  6. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald November 21, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Lies lies an more lies say no to upp

  7. Javon Griffith
    Javon Griffith November 21, 2017 at 12:04 am


  8. Bajan boy November 21, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Postmen dont deliver toilet paper..

  9. Shanika Roberts Odle
    Shanika Roberts Odle November 21, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Boy just admit ya never sent de letters…..ya too like ta fool people

  10. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 21, 2017 at 6:37 am


  11. Sam Clarke November 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

    This is pathetic, that this low ball political tactic of holding of mail and not delivering, is in place in Barbados. This is banana republic business.

  12. Bajan Patriot November 21, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Why am i not surprise of that. Some bajans would sell there mother for money.

    Look people. With all the technology available to you all, Why would you waist money mailing paper. Get a facebook page or a YouTube page or even a website and speak or communicate directly to your potential supporters

    Add on all the popular apps to your pages. Nearly all bajans have Mobil phone with internet access. I would love to advise you more but that would be giving away my skill set. I wish you all the best.

  13. BimJim November 21, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Check onder de bed in de back bedroom… maybe little Johnny never took them to the PO!!

  14. Ann Thomas November 21, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Upp, upp and away in your beautiful balloon, would you like to fly in my beautiful balloon?

  15. a bajan November 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I do commend the commitment of those of you, that make it your daily business to criticized and discredit anyone that expresses a difference of opinion to that of the BLP or DLP. What I would ask you is, how many of you can take up money and travel at will? How many of you have your own home, mortgaged free? How many of you can live and speak of a life of prosperity that the leaders and members of parliament of both the BLP and the DLP enjoy? You find it rather enlightening to defend anything that is either BLP / DLP’s, yet, you and your families are stilled faced with the same hard tasks of navigating the taxy waters that all other Barbadians are faced with despite your alacrity. Luckily for me, it is no desire of mine to pity you. For it is quite clear that your lives and what you do with it is contemptable. This is considering that you are still no closer to enjoying the benefits or the crumbs thereof, from those that you so eagerly support and defend.

  16. Helicopter(8P) November 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    To whom and to where does the fraud fit. Just wishing in this case honesty and justice! I say no more!

  17. winston November 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I suggest the person accusing the PO should find out who he gave the letters to post, did they had on stamps and which post office they were delivered or given in at? When all those questions are answered and he is not satisfied he can contact the PMG

  18. Belfast November 21, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Man this fellow like he put those letters in a box down by the post office which says LITTER, and not in the usual post box marked LETTERS.


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