BIM wants country to issue a 24-hour ultimatum to PM

One of this island’s newest political parties is not at all happy with the way in which the Freundel Stuart administration has been handling the south coast sewage mess.

In fact, the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM), which was formed last February, has suggested that the time had come for the country to hold the Prime Minister to account by issuing a 24-hour ultimatum to him on the matter.

In a statement issued today the little-known party further suggested that if the Prime Minister did not address Barbadians within the next 24 hours on the issue, his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) should be made to take the fall.

“Any failure to get a response from the DLP administration within the next 24 hours will indicate to us as citizens that we may be required to take drastic measures to ensure that we are never again smitten by the incompetence and disrespect of another DLP administration in the future of our beloved country,” BIM leader Neil Holder said in the statement which came against the backdrop of three advisories issued by the governments of Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to their citizens to exercise caution when traversing the island’s south coast.

Today the sluice gate at Worthing was emitting brown water which was running into the sea.

Holder suggested that Government’s inability to resolve the foul-smelling leaks of sewage into the streets and onto the properties of residents and businesses, had now placed every Barbadian and visitor at risk of an epidemic.

“While we would all wish for a speedy resolve to this crisis, one has to be mindful that the DLP administration has dropped
the ball once again. This administration has also failed to communicate with the good citizens of Barbados as to what measures are being taken to address this crisis and protect us from any looming epidemic,” Holder said.

He stressed that such “inaction” and “failure” to address the chronic problem, which has so far forced two food establishments to close and part of an apartment hotel to shut down, renders Government useless in safeguarding its residents and visitors.

“As a matter of fact, an ailing economy cannot sustain the loss of its major income-earner – tourism – given that the country has suffered 22 downgrades over the tenure of the same DLP administration being in office,” the BIM leader said, adding that Barbados appears to have been abandoned while Government explores every effort to be re-elected by feting its citizens through a “plethora” of free entertainment so as to “hoodwink” them into thinking that all was well.

Holder said Barbadians had given the DLP the benefit of the doubt since the inception of the south coast sewage woes that every effort was “diligently” exhausted to ensure this problem would have been quickly rectified.

“It is apparent that this problem has now escalated to reach crisis level, which is unprecedented in the 50-plus years we have been an independent nation. Our gravest concern is the safety of our families, those living and working in such putrid conditions. What about our visitors to this sacred rock? How do we address the very fact that some of them are first-time arrivals on this island, having invested their hard-earned money to come to a destination for a holiday retreat?” he asked.

9 Responses to BIM wants country to issue a 24-hour ultimatum to PM

  1. John Everatt January 12, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Ah, now it makes sense. They have opened the sluice gate in Worthing to let the sewage drain directly onto the beach and into the sea. This is why the overflow in Hastings has been temporarily halted for the last 2 days. And here I thought that they had made progress in actually fixing this mess. They had better put up signs to warn the tourists there not to swim in that water. But of course this is only dreaming as well.

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  2. JasonC January 12, 2018 at 6:01 am

    HA! Good luck with that, DLP isn’t going to take no blame for this or any other issues.

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  3. jrsmith January 12, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Our bajan politicians is out of order they need to be control , they do what they like any time they like because , they are not accountable to the black people in Barbados……………………

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  4. Don Keyote January 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Let’s be fair, editor. The opening of the sluice gate to equalize water levels between the swamp and the sea has been happening for decades, more frequently in the past than in recent years.

    While the photograph shown and the date stated may be accurate, it is misleading and dishonest to conflate that event with the current sewage problems. It suggests strongly that the effluent shown flowing into the sea is sewage, which it is not.

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    • Don Hill January 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

      What is your definition of Sewage, mine is ” human and animal waste with all the suspended solids removed” ie “Brown Water”. The Bajan treatment of sewage is just a removal process. No chemicals are added to disinfect, just the removal of the paper products and the suspended solids through a settling pond and rake system.Then its out to the ocean through Graeme’s Septic Sanctuary.
      When the pond is too full there is an overflow condition. So I say to you that yes it is sewage, if you doubt my words, I dare to to swim in it!

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  5. Greengiant January 12, 2018 at 9:15 am

    What the B I M leader needs to do is to tell those he owes for several years when he will pay them within twenty four hours.
    That’s the only ultimatum that’s important.

    Some people in this country who hides behind the church and the bible believes that dishonesty belongs to them. They get highly annoyed when they believe others are more dishonest than they are.

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  6. milli watt January 12, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    @ greengiant you gone low though my gosh, well well well.

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  7. Greengiant January 12, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    @milli watt: When some are low, you need to get down with them otherwise they always appear as higher than they are.

    Some human beings has no use for their conscience, but speak of morals. When they do this by throwing stones, you have to remind them of their glass surroundings.

    The matters of which I have spoken has been outstanding for more than a decade in some cases. Unfortunately I don’t suffer short memory like some of my fellow citizens.

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  8. Lennox hewitt January 12, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    How he expect to owe people money over 10 years and dont pay and talking bout 24 hours people want there money n 24 hours but u mussy fool people to get there money tink prople will put u in .

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