Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Leader Mia Mottley is accusing the Freundel Stuart administration of politicizing key national institutions for its own selfish benefit and going on a “frolic” instead of addressing urgent issues that gravely affect residents.
She made the charge Tuesday as she spoke with journalists during one of her rubbing shoulders sessions in the quiet community of White Hill, St Andrew.
“I am tired of everything in this country [being politicized], and this Government has perfected the art of . . . shaming people and trying to talk about politics,” Mottley said, as she and her BLP parliamentary colleagues skipped Tuesday morning’s session of Parliament to visit the residents in the rural parish given that it was the second anniversary of the land slippage that forced the closure of a section of the road.
“They have politicized the [Royal Barbados] Police Force and they have politicized the courts; they have politicized the Central Bank [and] they have politicized every institution that used to be hitherto independent.”
Mottley challenged the Prime Minister to visit White Hill, where residents have complained of neglect and accused the administration of victimizing them because the area is a BLP stronghold.
“Let the Prime Minister come and see for himself,” she said.
“The notion that the Prime Minister and the Minister of Housing [Denis Kellman] can’t come and meet with these people or the people in St Joseph or elsewhere, who either have no roads or water, is salt in the wound,” the BLP leader charged.
Mottley added that White Hill residents were not alone in their suffering, since other communities across the island were also facing “major problems”.
“It has been eight years of neglect, it has been eight years of no focus, it has been eight years of no serious expenditure, it has been eight years of not taking care of the roads and building the gabions and doing the things that need to be done.
“And this Government does not want me to talk about the other things they should be doing across the entire Scotland District,” Mottley threatened.
She complained that instead of attending to the plight or people across the country, Government had chosen instead to go on “a frolic” to build high-rise apartments such as the Grotto complex which remains unoccupied two years after completion, and the administrative buildings for the Sanitation Services Authority (SSA).
She also raised a stink over last week’s “embarrassing situation” of overflowing sewerage on the south coast.
“This country is suffering from utter neglect and the utter neglect comes from the wrong choices that the Government is making,” Mottley charged.
“You spend money building five, six buildings like the Grotto for $28 million or you spend money building a five storey eyesore at Vaucluse [SSA building] as we would have just seen, for another $28 million,” she said.