Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite says if it was up to him, the issues surrounding the promotion of approximately 150 officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force, currently frozen, would already be settled.
He made the comments in response to statements from the island’s Acting Commissioner of Police during this morning’s annual general meeting of the Barbados Police Association.
Brathwaite told the meeting that given the matter was sub judice, he would not be able to comment on it, but went on to note that “the Attorney General and the Office of the Attorney General is not the reason why this matter is before the courts of Barbados, and indeed, if I had the power, if it was within my hands, within my pen, it would not be before the law courts of Barbados. It would be settled.”
He also said: “I want my tenure to be reflected as follows. I want to be part of a force [where] partisan politics disappears, the cronyism disappears, that promotions based on friendships and family disappear, that we have promotions based on hard work, dedication and a transparent process.
“That’s why when I address you, I don’t mind telling you who my friends are because you will have friends, but my friends know this, that whilst I am proud to call them my friends, I don’t want anyone to be able to say that, ‘Look, he is the AG’s friend and he don’t do any work; or that he is corrupt,” he told lawmen, adding that it saddened him to the point at which they were in terms of promotions within the force.
“If I had it within my power, I would use this forum to say to those who have it within their power that they should have the matter heard and determined as quickly as possible, but it may not be appropriate for me to say that, so I don’t think that I can say that,” Brathwaite added.