Residents of St Michael South say life in the constituency has not been a bed of roses. Today they joined the man who wants to replace Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as the Member of Parliament for the area in highlighting the issues plaguing them.
Kirk Humphrey, the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) caretaker for the area, accused Stuart of ignoring the plight of constituents.
He said the lives of women and children are under constant threat, especially at nights, because of poor lighting in the communities. He added that roads and drains in the area are also in a deplorable state.
“This constituency needs representation . . . Representation means we will hit the ground, we will get to know the people, we will build relationships and our primary concern is building the trust between ourselves and the people so we can act on the people’s behalf,” Humphrey said.
“Silence is not a public policy and we have to be engaging and we have to . . . communicate with the people.”
Humphrey noted that parliamentarians win their seats because of the confidence of the electorate; and if their voices are ignored by the people they elect to represent them, then they have the ability to oust them.
“We are only here because people have allowed us to be here but we will also not be here if people [so] decide,” he warned.
Humphrey said the Stuart-led administration had failed the constituents with expensive Grotto and Valerie Housing Projects and residents who were anticipating the opening of the high-rise low-income apartment complexes were left feeling cheated.
“Most people who grew up in the Bayland, Brittons Hill and Paddock cannot now get into the Grotto because the rates that they are charging are not for poor people,” Humphrey said.