Prime Minister Gaston Browne said his wife Maria Browne and other Cabinet colleagues were all accomplished, so they do not need to steal from the government.
“There is not a single Cabinet Minister, who does not own a home, I mean, not one. Even my wife, who is, what, not even 30 as yet, she’s going to be 30 in April, I mean, she already has significant assets”, the Prime Minister revealed on his radio show on Saturday.
He compared this to political candidates in the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP).
“Not because I want to get personal, but as a matter of fact, Sean Bird, about 55, doesn’t own a home, live with mommy. Alister Thomas, 60-something, Alister, live in a house that was owned by the daughter of, what’s his name there, Mr. Warner in Willikies, she’s deceased now,” the Prime Minister said.
He added, “you have many others. I mean, I could go through the whole list: serpent, no home.”
Browne continued, “In the unfortunate event that they were to take office, they, first of all, have to think they are going to hustle to make money to build a home in their old age, and these are people in their 50s and 60s.”
“They are not here to serve. They are looking for money to fill their pockets and to probably pursue their aspirations to earn a home and own a home. Not that they shouldn’t have that aspiration, but not at the public’s expense,” he insisted.
“So, I’m saying that to say that…the people of Antigua and Barbuda are lucky that they have a good government of accomplished men, capable men, competent men and most important, committed men who are committed to their empowerment and women, of course,” Browne said.
The Prime Minister, who said his salary was $150,000 per year, said, “when I looked at my contributions for the last three years, donations, in fact, I literally working for free.”
“So, I’m saying this to say that when they continue to call us, you know, dishonest and thieves and so on, there’s absolutely no evidence,” he insisted.
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