Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has called on Barbadians to join with her and her party in a “walk for justice” next Thursday to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with Government’s handling of the country’s affairs.
Mottley issued the call in Parliament early this morning as she made her closing contribution to the debate on the Barbados Labour Party (BLP)-sponsored motion of no confidence in the Freundel Stuart administration. The motion was defeated 16-12 as recently expelled BLP representative Dr Maria Agard joined with the Government side in rejecting the measure, which was fully supported by BLP Members of Parliament.
However, Mottley remains adamant that the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration cannot govern the country for the next 20–21 months.
Therefore, even though parliamentarians would have voted on the fate of the DLP Government, she insists that the people must also have their say on the matter, “because they can now recognize that the ministers who are in here do not intend to act as their stewards.
“So if the people of Barbados feel let down by the content of the speeches of the ministers in here tonight, I say to them that fear not, we will walk for justice with you.
“We will walk for justice with the people of Barbados who want their chance to be able to express their lack of confidence in the Government. And if the people, Mr Speaker, sense that there is not any immediate prospect, if you sense that there is not any immediate prospect for the recovery of any of the sectors in this economy, then I say to you walk with us for justice,” she said in Parliament.
Mottley also appealed to members of the public to join the walk at midday on Thursday, “if you want the ministers in here to know the burden of trying to live in this country is becoming too difficult . . . and if you feel that the crime is beginning to engulf us, then walk for justice”.
The Opposition leader encouraged the public to wear white for the walk, which she insisted was not about the BLP or the DLP, but about Barbados.
“And if you feel Sir that you take offence to the behaviour of Government ministers increasing their salaries by ten per cent while you the workers cannot get a salary increase since 2008 and you cannot get, those of you who have been dismissed, your settlement for the last two years, then I say walk with us for justice.
“And if you’re not happy with how the Government is handling the water crisis, then I say to you walk with us for justice.” Mottley urged.
She said Thursday’s walk “will be a walk for justice to fight against unfairness, to send a message to the Government that this is not an isolated debate, this is not a one-on-one match, but this is a serious cry from a people that we want our country saved from the mismanagement, the incompetence and everything else that has gone with it.”
This will be the second “white march” to be staged by the BLP. In July 2014, party supporters led by Mottley, assembled in Heroes Square for the march, following the BLP’s failed efforts to get Government to repeal the controversial Municipal Solid Waste Tax.