One of this island’s newest political parties is not at all happy with the way in which the Freundel Stuart administration has been handling the south coast sewage mess.
In fact, the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM), which was formed last February, has suggested that the time had come for the country to hold the Prime Minister to account by issuing a 24-hour ultimatum to him on the matter.
In a statement issued today the little-known party further suggested that if the Prime Minister did not address Barbadians within the next 24 hours on the issue, his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) should be made to take the fall.
“Any failure to get a response from the DLP administration within the next 24 hours will indicate to us as citizens that we may be required to take drastic measures to ensure that we are never again smitten by the incompetence and disrespect of another DLP administration in the future of our beloved country,” BIM leader Neil Holder said in the statement which came against the backdrop of three advisories issued by the governments of Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to their citizens to exercise caution when traversing the island’s south coast.
Holder suggested that Government’s inability to resolve the foul-smelling leaks of sewage into the streets and onto the properties of residents and businesses, had now placed every Barbadian and visitor at risk of an epidemic.
“While we would all wish for a speedy resolve to this crisis, one has to be mindful that the DLP administration has dropped
the ball once again. This administration has also failed to communicate with the good citizens of Barbados as to what measures are being taken to address this crisis and protect us from any looming epidemic,” Holder said.
He stressed that such “inaction” and “failure” to address the chronic problem, which has so far forced two food establishments to close and part of an apartment hotel to shut down, renders Government useless in safeguarding its residents and visitors.
“As a matter of fact, an ailing economy cannot sustain the loss of its major income-earner – tourism – given that the country has suffered 22 downgrades over the tenure of the same DLP administration being in office,” the BIM leader said, adding that Barbados appears to have been abandoned while Government explores every effort to be re-elected by feting its citizens through a “plethora” of free entertainment so as to “hoodwink” them into thinking that all was well.
Holder said Barbadians had given the DLP the benefit of the doubt since the inception of the south coast sewage woes that every effort was “diligently” exhausted to ensure this problem would have been quickly rectified.
“It is apparent that this problem has now escalated to reach crisis level, which is unprecedented in the 50-plus years we have been an independent nation. Our gravest concern is the safety of our families, those living and working in such putrid conditions. What about our visitors to this sacred rock? How do we address the very fact that some of them are first-time arrivals on this island, having invested their hard-earned money to come to a destination for a holiday retreat?” he asked.