Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today promised to investigate claims that a leading member of the Opposition did not have required certificate to practise law in Barbados under the Legal Professions Act, while shooting down allegations made against two Government colleagues.
“We are going to look into that,” said Brathwaite in Parliament where Minister of Environment Dr Denis Lowe also challenged Mottley to produce her legal certification.
During her near four-hour long reply to the 2015/2016 Budget yesterday, Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley not only shot down the financial measures, but also alleged that both Lowe and Transport and Works Minister Michael Lashley were driving vehicles owned the private company Transtec.
Mottley also questioned the price charged by the Christ Church-based company for repairs to buses operated by the Sanitation Service Authority, which falls under Lowe’s ministry, and trucks in Lashley’s Ministry of Transport and Works.
However, Brathwaite hit back sharply at Mottley today, saying the revelations “irked” him. The Attorney General, while standing in strong defence of his colleagues, roundly condemned Mottley’s accusations.
“Now Sir, the records in terms of ownership of vehicles are public record. I would venture to suggest that if the Honourable Member wanted to hide the fact that he was leasing a vehicle from an entity in Barbados he would not have gone the route that he had gone. In fact, Sir I don’t understand the silliness about the seriousness of this thing,” the Attorney General said, as he directed his comments to the Speaker of the House Michael Carrington.
“When one looks at who owns MN110 . . . it is owned by a company and no one says the Honourable Member should not do business with Simpson Finance or Simpson Motors,” Brathwaite argued.
The Attorney General further queried whether he would be accused of being corrupt if he decided to lease a vehicle from an entity with which his ministry did business.
“[It is] utter nonsense and intellectual dishonesty and it is wrong!,” he declared.
He went further to suggest: “It is alright if you live in [upscale] Sandy Lane and raise up in Sandy Lane, drive a 300 thousand dollar car, no problem. But let a poor, black boy from St Philip come and lease one, it becomes an issue.”
Brathwaite said he was tired of hearing calls for a new breed of politician from the Opposition because it was saying one thing and practising another.