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At wits end with the Freundel Stuart administration, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is gearing up to hit the streets for a National March of Disgust and Rally in another two weeks, party leader Mia Mottley today announced.
She said the March 11 event would be “the first salvo by the Barbados Labour Party to let it be known that enough is enough”.
Delivering a scathing assessment of the Prime Minister’s handling of the country’s worsening economic state and the bitter falling out between Finance Minister Chris Sinckler and Central Bank Governor Dr Delisle Worrell, Mottley this morning accused Stuart of “being entirely disconnected from and unconcerned with the affairs of State and presiding over a dysfunctional government”.
She told journalists at a news conference that the BLP was determined that “no one, not even the titular leader of this country, must be allowed to stand in the way of the urgent need to stop the hemorrhaging, stabilize the country and put us back on the proper path to recovery”.
“We will be marching on the afternoon of Saturday, 11th March, 2017. We call upon all civic minded Barbadians to join with us in sending a message to Freundel Stuart and his Cabinet that their style of governance is not cute.
“…Barbados cannot bear the weight of the indifference and the incompetence of Freundel Stuart and his Cabinet for another 12 months,” she declared, referring to the fact that elections are constitutionally due next year.
The BLP leader first launched into the Prime Minister for being out of the country at what she called a time of great uncertainty, citing concern that the Government would not be able to meet its commitments this month, particularly the payment of wages and salaries.
“That the Prime Minister could have gone ahead with that trip to an anniversary cocktail sip for the DLP in the US in the first place, under these circumstances, is mind boggling. No previous leader of Barbados that I know would have absconded himself from a scenario where doubt hangs over the ability of the country to pay public servants in the next week,” she lamented.
The Opposition Leader then blasted Stuart’s handling of the breakdown in relations between the country’s two leading financial officials, saying it was “callous and indifferent.”
Mottley poked holes in public comments made by Stuart in New York that he was not “privy” to the issues between Dr Worrell and Minister Sinckler.
She expressed the view that it was “beyond belief” that Sinckler would have taken such a monumental and far reaching step without first consulting with the Prime Minister.
“Termination of the employment of the Governor of the Central Bank is no small matter. It is a matter of the highest national importance. If Sinckler did not communicate with Stuart, then Sinckler should be fired. But if, as I believe, he did discuss the matter with Stuart, the Prime Minister is plainly attempting to delude and deceive Barbadians by stating that he has not made himself privy to all that has been happening.”
Mottley was adamant that this was evidence that the Prime Minister was unfit to continue political leadership.