PM wants Lovell to explain why airport runway loan amounted to US$ 100M

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne says former finance minister Harold Lovell must explain why nearly US$ 100 million was spent on a Brazilian loan to extend the airport runway by 1000 linear feet.

Browne says if Lovell cannot give a proper explanation for the loan amount, he may order an inquiry.

The prime minister says the project which was initially 46M was nearly doubled.

He said what the UPP government spent on the runway extension and lighting is the cost of a brand new airport terminal.

Browne says if Lovell offers a good explanation for the cost he will let the matter rest.

If not, Browne says he will order an investigation.

Watch Browne speak on the issue on Pointe FM:

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37 COMMENTS

  1. And the people will like to know about the 3 million customs fraud and the forge signature also PM. Let us know

  2. You are in office, do your job and stop trying to distract the people by keep finding blame because you desire to sell out the people more we have a new generation that is going to remove all these old heads that look to enrich themselves and oppress the people.

    What have the leaders do to assist the people out jobs in this plandemic ? Only pushing for vaccines and lock down
    Like vaccines give everlasting lives, prevent stress and provide finance

  3. The alleged 100% cost overrun on the that airport project is cause for concern, and so too are such things as the PM’s forged signature at the Customs along with missing funds to include the alleged repayment by the auctioneer who was caught red handed misusing public funds.

    These and other allegations are the main reason why, #ALL Government departments must be audited by independent forensic auditing firms, and whenever there is inappropriate behavior, those caught MUST face the Judiciary and pay the consequences.

    I know, “Sweet Dreams” are made of wishes too.

    By the way, what happened to the H. Josiah’s case involving the Car Park?

  4. I am disgusted by this statement by the PM he is governing the country as if it is his personal investment and it is not appreciated.

    Once there is any question of accountability an investigation must be mandatory and not subjective.

    Sounds very much like the Asot getting a waiver disclosure.

    PM signature forged…????

    PM property broken into ….let it slide

    Freeland claims he lost the people’s money….Pay it back and let it slide.

    No PM these things do not sit right with me when a man went to prison for stealing a bottle $12 Brandy.

    These things are not discretionary generations to come are saddled with these loans and the country’s infrastructure is crying for help, the pensioners needs help and public sector employees must be paid.

    No Mr PM government business is not your personal thing remember what Chandler said you too will be out of office one day remember that and so right by the nation.

    • For some part and that is yhe majority part I do agree with you. The PM for one is not the person to decide what is and what is not prosecuted. Therefore he certainly cannot make that statement. But when he does it really puts things in a bad light that it’s only when he agrees things will be investigated. He needs to think about the preception of tampering with the laws of this country that this brings. Whenever anyone has proof of a crime being committed it is their duty to report this to the police. And let the police do their job without fear or favor. Although in this country that is very questionable. Seeing how the police is handling the traffic death of Andrea Hughes who was run over by a car in New Winthropes and up to this day the driver has not faced the court. And not one reporter in this country has been questioning the police about this lack of prosecution.

  5. POLITRICKS is the name of the show. It stinks….it smells because it is ROTTEN.

    That is exactly what is being showcased on Antigua today.
    The worthless, disgraceful, selfish display that shamefully passes for governance on this island nation; is despicable.
    When will the misleadership of this nation focus on doing what they are being paid to do instead of using the media to further demonstrate that they are only GREEDY, SELFISH AND CORRUPT.

    The more the PM opens his mouth on his radio station….the greater he shows his complete incompetence and pellucid lack of moral standards.
    There are so many issues that need inquiries into. Count them out….name them one by one. Tell the head of state to initiate them now. HYPOCRITE !
    Mr governor general: you need to resign forthwith for failing to do your job.

    Antigua is a very corrupt place. The ministers of government, the civil servants, the private sector, the religious misleaders, …. the list goes on.
    Greed and corruption run through the minds of these people who are in government.

    Let me give warning to those party jumpers….radio talk show hosts: LOOK INTO YOUR HEARTS. YOU CANNOT STAND FOR JUSTICE AND BE IN BED WITH DEMONS.
    ARE YOU SO DECEIVED OR IS IT ALL FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY ?

    YOUR DAY OF JUDGEMENT IS SOON UPON YOU. YOU HYPOCRITES ! WHERE WILL YOU STAND ? TAKE HEED NOW !

    ALL OF YOU WHO SING TO THE TUNES OF POLITRICKIANS….. YOU WILL SOON HAVE TO FACE THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE.

    WAKE UP…. FACE THE TRUTH:- YOU FOOLS. WHY LOSE YOUR SOULS FOR TEMPORARY, WORTHLESS LOOT.

    YOU ARE WRETCHED AND FOOLISH: YES all of you.
    You know who you are:
    Mr pm…..The crooked system that you preside over will come crashing down and you will pay for all the corruption. Yes.; and your whole gang of deceivers.
    Read and take heed There is a God who sees and knows EVERYTHING.
    Donalyn, lamentation, Lie2demax, CallingBown, and all the other gang members: I know that you can read. For once, for your own sakes: LISTEN TO TRUTH. OPEN YOUR MINDS TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
    FOR YOUR OWN GOOD AND THAT OF YOUR CHILDREN.
    IT IS SHAMEFUL TO SEE PEOPLE SELL THEIR SOULS JUST FOR LOOT….FOR $$$$$$$

    The Bible did tell of these days. Heart of man becomes SO CORRUPT that they do EVIL AND THINK IT IS GOOD.

    YOU ARE FULFILLING THIS PROPHESY. Though, there is still time to change. Even the pm can change now.

    Every man will give account for his life on this earth.

    ANTIGUANS WAKE UP: THE HAND WRITING IS ON THE WALL.

    WORLD “CRYSIS”: THE DAY OF DOOM IS NEAR !

  6. Wow I would have thought people would be encocuraging the PM to call an enquiry on these issues where it is blatant that something was not right. And really when the ABLP took office a section of us called on the PM to have inquiries, but he refused to hold them. Said he wasn’t going to waste scare government resources on these things. When you can blatently see that a bathroom cannot cost $600K and marbles on the sidewalk in town cannot cost $900million and a mile of road around Sir Vivian Richard Stadion cannot cost $10Million per mile. And many more of these situations that called for investigation. And we will not even talk about the busses. Now the PM is treathning to call investigation into overspending into the runway. Well ADOMS building had overspending also. So did the Car Park that never finished. So Mr. PM nothing has changed from 2014 till now, so why would you now want to spend scares government Covid resources on telling us what happened to our monies under the UPP. We know what happened. They squandered our monies. That is why we are not putting them back in office any time soon. They paid a company millions of dollars in advance to dredge the harbour and the company did not have one dredging equipment. And you had to treathen them and let them walk away with the advance. When 2023 comes and you are ready to call the election, you can open up the can of worms once again. And remind people of who these inept guys and girls are. For now don’t let them take you off track. Stay the course.

    • The Odebrecht bribe was hot topic until Harold threatened to sue Donna. Now this appears to be off the table as the PM said the bribe did not involve government funds. So now we have a new scandal. We should support all wrong doings by government officials. You only hear about investigation when the opposition is involved and election is around the corner. This is just an attempt to discredit Lovell. We know that no investigation will be completed by election time and after the election every thing will be forgotten.

  7. FROM THE SIDELINE isn’t the Odebrecht scandal also quite blatant that a high official (or officials) in government along with Casroy James was invloved in the 3 million Euros bribery scandal. Are you like BEEF waiting for the US to solve it for us? Antigua was the epicenter of the scandal through the Meinl Bank, but Antigua is the only country in the world involved in the scandal where no enquiry was undertaken. Why is that FROM THE SIDELINE? Maybe Gaston Browne can be honest enough and tell us even though the truth might involve him as well. The Andrade Guitterez runway investigation that is being pushed now by GASTON, BEEF and other ALP minions is just a distraction. Gaston if you are a man investigate everything and let the chips fall where they may.

    • Mr. Tabor the Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister Baldwin received USD$500.0K and came on national TV and said he received the money. The US court documents state it was part of the John Ashe bribery scheme. Dr. Mansour came on TV and identified himself as the person who ran the money through a family company in Trinidad. Neither him or Baldwin Spencer has travelled to the US since. Let’s be fair!!! Investigate all of them. You can’t select some and leave some.

    • I am old enough to remember that the UPP governance was full of revenge and hatred. I was one of them blind followers that believe that LB and HM would be in 1735. You guys were able bamboozled enough of we. Then both of them turn around and put a spanking on us during the elections. Ten years of wasting Tax Payers money without any positive results. UPP tried to close down ZDK. Now you are in bed with AM and ZDK. Again, you want to decieve Wadadlians. We will never forget you. A bunch of hypocrites and failure’s.

    • Charles have you read and understood what I wrote. There will not be any inquiry ever. If so Gaston would have to tell us why he stood in the way of an inquiry since 2014 when we were calling for it. The ABI Bank scandal would also have exposed Franca and Casroy and the connection with the UPP in particular when Harold was Minister of Finance. And many upright citizens would have been exposed. One of the US directors has already treathened the copy with a law suit if at any time his name was called in a scandal. Meinel Bank was operating under the UPP administration. Not Gaston. Anyway lets leave well alone. This scandal at ABIB, Odebrecht and John Ashe are all UPP related scandals that would cripple our country for many years. It would have expose us badly. But having said that I still don’t agree with Gaston not having investigated all of this. It’s like protecting the white color crimes but the blue color crimes can go to jail.
      And believe me they are ALL my friends. But right is right, wrong is wrong. If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime.

  8. LoL he’s calling for an inquiry ? No inquiry on the Odebrecth scandal and any word on your signature scandal among others.
    This guy actually talking inquiry with a straight face .

  9. @ From the Hypocritical line
    Hypocrites is anyone who condemn one party for their wrong and will never criticised the other party for their wrong because they like kissing a$$. For handouts

    7 years of sweeping thing under the carpet and hypocrisy must come to an end

    • Well if he doesn’t like non national that’s his personal opinion. I don’t like them either with good reasons. They don’t bring anything to the table. They come in and for starters they sleep their way to anything. They’re nasty shit in plastic bags and dump every where. They setup all these shack everywhere no pride when given the passport go and commit crimes and thanks to them when deported back to Antigua. We had certain cultures but to them it’s same thing seven days a week. On to other news. Gaston should be ashamed to ask for investigation he’s not worried about his signature and what about all those personal business he has going on and building and renting to the government that conflict of interest his wife is in charge of land and he’s buying prime land for what? Conflict of interest all across the board. What’s his agreement with the Chinese? What’s going with bubie alley? Pick the beam out of his own eye so you can see clearly to see other people faults.

    • @ GABRIELLA: Did you fall off your mule Gaston and hit your head? I do believe you are suffering from a concussed brain. Next time you are riding that mule named Gaston. Make sure you wear your RED SAFETY HELMET.

      • @ WHARF RAT

        I fell off your ASS. Stupid Person You are. That is why NON NATIONALS will never vote UPP. UPP DEAD.

  10. Lovell,do not respond.So that he could called an Investigation. Then he would have no other choice but to call that Odebrecht Car Wash Investigation. I for one would want to know. What happened to those millions of Euros paid to a man from Antigua. That you Gaston Browne did say would be return to the giver. Was it really given back,Gaston? SO PLEASE CALL THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE AIRPORT MATTER. PLEASE.I BEG OF YOU MOUTHSTACH ONE.

  11. WHARF RAT don’t hold your breath about an Odebrecht investigation since the caller of the investigation would perhaps be one of those going to 1735.

    • @ CHARLES TABOR
      You know who will go to 1735. He is right in your corner. Tabor stop singing for the Attorney General which will never happen in our lifetime. You send threating letter to POINTE FM and DONNA CHAIA…What a BIG JOKE. You will expose your political Leader. Your Lawsuit will be a big joke.

  12. I am saying to you MR. MOUTHSTACH is bluffing, he is not calling shit, this is a to hide something and soon we will know what it sooner or later just look and see.

  13. All you BLUE KOOLAID DRINKERS ARE TREATING POOR HAROLD LOVELL AS A CHOIR BOY. When HAROLD is EXPOSED TABOR and others will be hiding.

  14. Anyone that have a decietful moustache cannot be trusted, the minister from parham know his secret also, only when he fall out with his member he speak about their corruption all the time he was hiding. I wonder what else he is hiding behind the moustache. What a hypocrite who pretends to be squeaky clean. So much conflict of interest. Everything will come to light

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