‘A very traumatic experience’: Michael Browne speaks publicly for the first time about being charged

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Former Education Minister Michael Browne said he is ready to serve in whatever capacity the government deems fit, now that a year-long court case is behind him.

Browne was fired from his ministerial post late last year after he was charged with a serious criminal offence – which cannot be cited for legal reasons – of which he was acquitted last week.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne previously said the All Saints West MP would be reinstated if found not guilty. When the verdict was delivered on December 13, PM Browne said his embattled colleague would once again serve within the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) government – but not as Education Minister, a post currently held by Daryll Matthew.

Speaking on the matter yesterday, Michael Browne said, “If the Prime Minister appoints me to another ministry, whichever ministry he chooses to appoint me to I will work, because I am happy to serve my people.

“I am happy, I am ready and I am willing to work. I believe that I still have a lot to give, and I believe that because of this experience that I have been through.

“If anybody ever wondered if my back was broad, they do not have to wonder no more,” Browne told an online town hall meeting with constituents yesterday.

He added that during the time he was not a part of Cabinet, he played an active role in his constituency working alongside residents on several different projects.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. He should contest All Saints West again with a local UPP candidate, to test the waters for the next election – I think that’s fair, because he hasn’t represented the AREA for a while now – JUST SAYING!

  2. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock!
    “The value of etymology, that is, the origin of terms and words is in the proper identification and location of concepts. The Afrocentrist seeks to demonstrate clarity by exposing dislocations, disorientations and decenteredness. One of the simplest ways of accessing textural clarity is through etymology.” – Dr. Molefi Asante, Afrocentricity, The Theory of Social Change!

    Having been found innocent of all charges levelled against him and having completed the Privately Funded Child Care and Health Centre, Mr. Michael Browne should show the Political Directorate how important Chronology is as important as location and how closely is the intersection and analysis of those two aspects to a proper understanding of the history, socio-cultural personality of the constituency!

    “Fighting for the freedom of one’s people is not the only necessity. As long as the fight goes on you must enlighten not only the people but also, and above all, yourself on the full measure of man. You must retrace the paths of history, the history of man damned by other men, and initiate, bring about, the encounter between your own people and others.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!

    APUA is crying out for a Strategic Plan with input from All Stakeholders, Total Transformation of its Structure, Systems, Policies and Operating Procedures and an All Encompassing Change Management of Personnel and Skills!

    Skyewill from Johnson Village wants water to wash his “dutty foot!”

    MP Browne, you only get one shot before the next Election!

    Mr. Michael Browne, as the Representative from the Center, it is a fact of Nature, which abhors a vacuum, that all relationships are based on centers and margins and the distances from either the center or the margins. APUA is at the center of … History has made you Central and centered you as a true Agent, and Champion with the political and “foundation” financial planning, creation and implementation of the economic and educational experience! From your Central Perch of the Saints, Let Friends and Foes alike know you will settle for none other than APUA! Let All who have ears to hear and eyes to see, be advised that you see that as a fundamental necessity for advancing the political, economic socio-cultural, technological, legal and environmental process. As the Ancestors taught, from the rich clays of your birth, “Work The Pestle in The Mortar!

    “Oh Gad!” as Joanne Hillhouse would say, You have the Capacity to Work The Metaphors! Go Get ’em like da mastah blastah!

    “Neither stubborn courage not fine slogans are enough.” – Dr. Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!

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