Prime Minister Gaston Browne has lashed out at members of the Barbuda People’s Movement for not showing up to a ceremony to mark the completion of a roofing programme on the sister-isle.
The BPM members of the Barbuda Council were invited to attend, specifically, the Chairman of the Barbuda Council to present the welcoming remarks at the closing ceremony, elected BPM members were not in attendance.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne called their absence a “dereliction of duty by members of the BPM-controlled Barbuda Council.” Prime Minister Browne said: “Their no-show indicates that they do not want to be associated with anything positive, they just want to promote division and strife. They will use their absence to peddle misinformation that nothing positive is happening; so, they can continue to perpetuate their lies in the international community. So instead of dispensing their duties, they traveled to Antigua on a frolic.”
“They were too embarrassed to come,” the Prime Minister continued.
“Their purposeful absence also demonstrates a lack of initiative to the development of Barbuda and continues to peddle fake news that affects Barbuda and the people of Barbuda,” PM Browne said.
“Ultimately, the Barbudans and the rest of the world will see them for exactly what they are: a bunch of cowards who are seeking power at all cost,” Prime Minister Browne said in office. “Apparently they don’t know how to say thanks.”
PM Browne reiterated his sentiment towards the destructive and unproductive tactics the BPM leader and BPM council members have taken in response to the development of Barbuda. PM Browne indicated again that if anyone acts in a manner that suggests he or she is above the law of the land, he will have them dealt with.
Due to the failure of the Chairman of the Barbuda Council attending this auspicious occasion,
The ceremony was to mark the close of the Antigua and Barbuda China- Aid Post-Disaster Roof Restoration Initiative.
The People’s Republic of China was one of the first diplomatic responders to the disaster Barbuda faced after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The PRC, through their China Aid, contributed US$2 million towards the repairing rooftops of homes damaged by the hurricane. This contribution was in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Office of Disaster Management (NODS) and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
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