Prime Minister Gaston Browne has cancelled plans to give investors permission to construct a gun assembling plant in the country’s proposed Economic Zone.
Browne called Observer Radio just after 7 p.m. on Saturday to announce that he had instructed the Attorney General and other Cabinet colleagues to scrap the deal.
“I have said to them that in the interest of the nation, rather than having a situation where we bring in that factory and divide the nation over it, let us scuttle that decision.”
Browne had called the radio station earlier in the afternoon and confirmed that the plan was going ahead and that all of the guns manufactured there would be for export.
But scores of residents also called the radio station to criticize the prime minister for agreeing to the gun factory.
The Prime Minister later revealed that he was not on the island when the decision was made in Cabinet to set up the gun manufacturing plant.
“We do understand the risks,” Browne said adding, “I think it is in the best interest of the nation to just scuttle the deal.”
The country’s leader said he thanked everyone for their input and is always open to “constructive criticisms”.
He admitted that he wasn’t comfortable with the deal to begin with, “but having heard from the people I feel even firmer in my decision that we ought not to proceed”. (Caribbean News Service)