Attorney-at-law and Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Senator Wilfred Abrahams says the decision to appoint Donna Babb-Agard, QC, as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was a no brainer and should have been done a long time ago.
Late last week it was revealed that Babb-Agard would be appointed Barbados’ first female DPP after acting in the position since the death of Charles Leacock, QC, last July. It is the second time that the 50-year-old has shattered the glass ceiling, after becoming the first woman to serve as Deputy DPP.
In offering his congratulations to Babb-Agard, Abrahams told Barbados TODAY that while he understood the need for Government to carefully weigh its options, it would have been hard pressed to find a more suitable candidate for the job.
“I fully endorse Donna’s appointment and it is one that should have been done a long time ago. I guess the Government needed some time to consider its options, but if you have someone acting in the position for six months and they were the second in line to a post as critical as this one, there should be no hold up.
“This is not a case where you had a stopgap person, she is as good as they come and the Government is very fortunate to have had someone like Donna acting in the post. The respect she commands from the attorneys who are there and the quality of her work is not easy to find anywhere else. When Mr Leacock was alive, she [Babb-Agard] was essentially his right hand,” Abrahams said.
The prominent attorney further argued that it would be difficult to find anyone within the legal fraternity, who opposed Babb-Agard’s appointment, as her primary concern was always the pursuit of justice rather than winning cases.
“I don’t think you would find any attorney in Barbados who would oppose Donna’s appointment. She is an exceedingly competent attorney and she is somebody whose integrity is beyond reproach. I think she is one of those persons who holds the interest of justice paramount and not one of those persons who was just there to win cases or to convict and prosecute at all costs. Her appointment is one that is welcomed,” he added.
Babb-Agard’s appointment was the third high-profile one made by Government last week.
On Wednesday Justice Sandra Mason was chosen to be the next Governor General and one day later Cleviston Haynes was appointed Governor of the Central Bank.
The appointments of Mason and Babb-Agard have since been welcomed by the Opposition BLP even though Opposition Leader Mia Mottley had threatened last month that she would not be bound by any “inopportune or improper” decision made in the “dying days” of the Freundel Stuart administration should the BLP win the next general election.
Some of those decisions, she said, revolved around appointments of a new Governor General, Central Bank Governor and Director of Public Prosecutions, as well as the services commission.