|Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party|
November 09th, 2011
Between 2007 and the elections of 2009, the UPP Ministry of Sports entered into more than one hundred contracts costing more than fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) to build fences, viewing stands, roundabouts, bathrooms, parking aprons and sundry projects. The unauthorized spending was never approved by the parliament. Further, virtually all the projects were over-priced and not one was approved by the Tenders Board or the Development Control Authority. Every effort was also made to conceal the source of the funding and the unreasonable cost of the overpriced projects.
The Honourable Lester Bird wrote to the Prime Minister on August 4 2011, requesting that a Commission of Inquiry be established to get answers to the many questions raised by the unearthed facts. The Prime Minister, responding more than four months later to the Opposition Leader?s letter, has repeated in writing his view that no Inquiry is required. The Honourable Lester Bird rejects Mr. Spencer?s response as callous and completely at odds with his UPP?s pledge to bring transparency and openness to government in Antigua and Barbuda.
On Thursday afternoon, November 10, 2011, the political party of the Leader of the Opposition will lead a massive white march through the streets of St. John?s. The objective of the march is to protest the cover-up and concealment of the thievery of millions of dollars of taxpayers? money from the Government?s Treasury. The march is also organized to demand the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry.