Two Government ministers are accusing the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of involvement in a plan tomorrow to spread misinformation about efforts to solve the South Coast sewage mess.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite revealed tonight that a group was going to the Richard Haynes Boardwalk in Hastings, Christ Church as part of a political plot to do “damage to brand Barbados”.
Minister of Health John Boyce was also not pleased with the move, saying it was designed to create confusion among Barbadians and visitors regarding the media messages from the Ministry of Health, Environmental Protection Department, and Barbados Water Authority (BWA) about what was being done to solve the long-running and embarrassing sewage overflows.
Speaking in the House of Assembly during the fifth day of debate on the Appropriation Bill 2018, Brathwaite disclosed: “I have received some information that suggests that come tomorrow morning, certain individuals will be in certain parts of Hastings again trying to see how much damage they can do to brand Barbados.
“But it is their right. They are doing it under the guise that they are bringing information to the public, but based on the names that I just saw in terms of who is supposed to be there, understand that it has nothing to do with bringing information to the public but all about political gamesmanship, notwithstanding the fact that it will cause us some difficulty in certain parts of the world.”
The Attorney General and St Philip South MP went further.
“They are not interested in developing brand Barbados and securing brand Barbados. The only brand that they see is if you wear a red shirt,” he said, referencing the colour associated with the Opposition party.
But the Minister of Health revealed that his ministry was prepared to go on the counter attack to ensure that the true message of what the state agencies were doing to protect the water supply and fix the sewage problems was getting out.
“We will have to step our information campaign up so that locals and visitors can be armed with the facts. If there is a group who believes they want to push a partisan political position in this very testing time, well then it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and the authorities vested with that duty of care to make sure that the facts are out there for all Barbadians and visitors to see,” Boyce insisted.
Meantime, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is demanding that Government provide more information about the digging of 300-foot injection wells, though which sewage is to be diverted as a medium-term fix.
Speaking at a town hall meeting at the St Lawrence Primary School on Thursday night, she said people have a right to get all of the facts regarding any potential dangers.
“I can’t tell you tonight whether the deep injection wells are the solution or not, and until such time as I hear both sides contend and the scientists and engineers on both sides make their case, I am not going to play politics with the issue and make such a pronouncement from this platform,” Mottley said.