The Managing Director of Trans-Tech Inc., Lloyd Brathwaite, has described charges levelled at his Kendal Hill, Christ Church company by Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley during her Budget Reply on Tuesday night in the House of Assembly as a “bunch of lies”.
Questioning the relationship between the motor vehicle maintenance and leasing company and Government, in particular two Cabinet Ministers, Mottley claimed that Trans-Tech was given a generous contract to replace the transmissions of Transport Board buses to the disadvantage of the United Commercial Autoworks Limited (UCAL).
UCAL was established by former Transport Board employees to carry out mechanical repairs and maintenance services on the Board’s buses.
Mottley also alleged that Trans-Tech was paid between $35,000 and $40,000 for each transmission it replaced or repaired on the Board’s buses and Sanitation Service Authority’s (SSA) trucks, when the same job should cost no more than $8,000.
Mottley also told the House that two Ministers of Government were driving around cars registered to Trans-Tech and raised questions about the relationship.
Hitting back at the Opposition Leader, Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY that the charges were a “bunch” of lies. He said there was nothing underhand or unusual about his company’s business transactions with either the Transport Board or SSA.
“All them are lies. We are Government contractors for many years, going back now for about 20 years. Everything that is said is just a bunch uh lies,” Brathwaite contended.
Asked specifically about his firm’s relationship with the Transport Board, the Trans-Tech boss replied: “We are contractors… We are actually transmission people and we were repairing the Transport Board [bus] transmissions for many, many years and this is nothing new. It’s an ongoing process.”
Brathwaite said his firm has also been doing the same type of work for other companies for a long time.
Responding to the comments by Mottley that two Cabinet Ministers were driving cars owned by his company, Brathwaite pointed out that Trans-Tech was also a car dealership where people from all over the island leased vehicles.
“We operate a car company and many people take cars from us on a lease-purchase, lease-agreement and so on. We are a dealership, nothing different than any other dealership in Barbados,” Brathwaite said. “And you know, cars are not something you buy with cash; you buy them over time, or you buy them on terms. So we would have cars out there for anybody who would have the means to take them,” he added.