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Mia tells PM to speak up

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Mia tells PM to speak up

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Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is calling on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to break his silence on a number of issues she considers to be of national importance.

In a press statement released yesterday, Mottley called Stuart’s silence “reprehensible”. She said he owed it to the country to speak out on matters such as the on-going struggles of the Barbados Water Authority to bring under control sewage issues along the island’s South Coast, the impending sale of the Hilton Barbados property, and the proposed sale of the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited.

“I’m not surprised by the outrage of many Barbadians over the obvious indifference of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to the concerns of a large section of the population on several issues of urgent national interest and importance,” Mottley said.

“It is inconceivable that the south coast of Barbados is under filth and sewage, and the Prime Minister has nothing to say. It is dumbfounding our Prime Minister can remain mute on the apparent sale of the Hilton hotel, a property of great emotional significance to Barbadians,” the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader added.

The Member of Parliament for St Michael South East said it was reprehensible that to this day, Barbadians do not know if the national oil company has been sold or not.

“Why does Prime Minister Stuart believe it is okay to offend Barbadians in this way for four and a half years, and then to come knocking on their doors in a few weeks’ time, asking for votes?” the Opposition Leader queried. “It is offensive, to say the least,” she added.

Mottley said the BLP is asking for “full disclosure” on the selling of all state assets, but more importantly for a plan of relief for those on the island’s south coast, currently grappling with raw sewage flowing through the streets, whether workers, resident or tourists. (BA)