Owen not saying
THE OPPOSITION Barbados Labour Party (BLP) knows precisely who is tipped to be Barbados’ next Chief Justice. But when contacted yesterday, its leader Owen Arthur said he was not prepared to disclose Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s secret just yet.
Responding to Stuart’s announcement at the weekend in St Kitts that the appointment of a Chief Justice would be made by the first week in August, Arthur confirmed that he had indeed been consulted by the Prime Minister on the matter before Stuart went off to China in June.
“It would not be appropriate for me to disclose the nature of the consultation that would have taken place . . . but I can confirm that I would have been consulted as is required by the Constitution in respect of the appointment of a Chief Justice of Barbados,” Arthur said.
Pressed by the DAILY NATION yesterday on the matter, he insisted: “I am not at liberty to say that unless the Prime Minister wants to go on record as saying who he proposes to recommend, nor amI prepared to say what my response has been . . . .”
Full story in today’s DAILY NATION.