A suggestion by an employee of Mark Maloney’s Preconco company that the Emancipation or “Bussa” statue at the J.T.C. Ramsay Roundabout at Haggatt Hall, St Michael should be taken down, today drew strong condemnation from the head of the Clement Payne Movement, attorney-at-law David Comissiong.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, days after the Town & Country Planning Department dismantled a hut in the middle of the Preconco Roundabout at Lears, St Michael for reportedly impeding the sight of motorists, Henderson Brathwaite, who headed a team of workers maintaining the roundabout for the company, disagreed and said the Bussa statue should go too as it was having a similar effect.
Asked by Barbados TODAY to comment on the suggestion, a clearly annoyed Comissiong said: “It is tragic that in the year 2016, on our 50th anniversary of Independence, that a citizen of Barbados could be so lacking in intelligence, in self-respect . . . that he would make such a foolish, disgraceful comment. This person has to be profoundly lacking in national pride and racial pride.”
Comissiong said he could not understand why a company would want to be associated with such an employee.
“The company should be ashamed to be associated with that employee. The company should be ashamed to claim an employee with such backward views.
“Anybody who could be so stupid to suggest that the statue of Barbados’ first national hero, and perhaps the most important national hero; the national hero that gave his life so that future generations of black Barbadians would not live in a state of enslavement, be taken down is ludicrous and anybody who cannot understand just how ludicrous it is to compare a statue to our premier national hero with a hut belonging to Preconco is a fool,” Comissiong said.
Brathwaite yesterday participated in the media conference during a show of solidarity by about 100 Preconco employees with Maloney, their Managing Director who is currently at the centre of a dispute with the Town & Country Planning Department.
The Department served an order on the businessman to cease construction and dismantle a storage facility going up near the Bridgetown Port for Rock Hard Cement, another company which he heads, because it did not have planning approval.
Maloney has ignored a stop order issued in relation to the construction of a storage facility for Rock Hard Cement off Spring Garden Highway, prompting the Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins to initiate legal proceedings in the law courts. Following the dismantling of the hut at the Lears roundabout for reportedly not having planning approval, Preconco employees yesterday accused the Department of victimizing their boss.