Government should accept responsibility for the “absolute bungling” of the water crisis facing the country and the problems at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) spokesman on water has charged.
At the same time, Shadow Minister of Water Resource Management Trevor Prescod has called on the Freundel Stuart administration to stop looking for scapegoats.
Prescod was reacting to calls for the resignation of BWA Chairman Dr Atlee Brathwaite.
“It is not fair for ministers to shirk responsibility and throw the chairman of the BWA under the bus. The chairman of the BWA clearly was given an assignment without the necessary financial and other resources and indeed, adequate policy direction,” Prescod argued.
The Member of Parliament for St Michael East suggested that if there were any heads to roll, they should be those of Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Chris Sinckler and Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick.
He contended that an ongoing squabble between the two had resulted “in all of this confusion” and had left Barbadians struggling with water problems.