SVG, SVG Budget 2012

Pres. Sec. cites ‘massa bull-massa cow’ as gov’t owes CWSA

Hans King, press secretary to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The Central Water and Sewerage Authority (CWSA) will on Tuesday hold a press conference to talk about the new rates Vincentians will pay even as the government has not been paying its bill at the state-owned entity.

“Yes, the government does owe CWSA,” Hans King, press secretary to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on radio yesterday, adding that he would not disclose the figure.

“CWSA is going to have a press conference sometime next week when I believe they are going to talk about the new rates and all of that. I believe that is a question that will be asked then,” he said.

King said that the monies the government owes the CWSA are for water used at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, schools, and other government buildings.

“The public buildings, basically,” he said as he agreed with the programme host that the bill should be paid

“I am saying yes. But, just to make the clarification. I know a lot of people don’t like the ‘massa bull-massa cow’ terminology. But, CWSA is a state-owed entity. … As I said, we (the people) are using the water at the hospital, the schools, etc. But it should be paid,” he said.

King further said that he was not sure how long the government, which came to office in March 2001, has owed the company.

“But again, let me ask you this question. Would you suggest that we cut off the hospital?” he said.

But Member of Parliament for West Kingstown, opposition legislator Daniel Cummings, told Parliament on Wednesday that the state owes the CWSA “in excess of three and a half million dollars”.

Cummings, a former manager of CWSA, said he believes that the company was about to raise its rates because of the government’s debt.

“I want to let our people know why, because it is not dissimilar to what has happened to what was the National Commercial Bank. The government of this country does not pay its bills to the CWSA!” he said.

The government in 2010 sold the majority share of the former state-owned bank.

“We who pay water rates are being asked to subsidize the government. We must pay higher rates because the government is not paying for the excellent service provided by the institution,” Cummings further said.

Gonsalves in his Budget Address on Monday said that consumer would this year begin paying more for water and solid waste management.

“Currently, the cost of these services can hardly be covered by the price paid by consumers, much less to pay for the recent capital developments such as at the Windward Water Supply System, and further planned expansions nationally to meet growing demands from both business and domestic consumers,” he told Parliament.

He further said that Vincentians pay significantly less for water and solid waste services than elsewhere in the Caribbean and asked citizens not be “demagogic or unreasonable” about the price increase.

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5 thoughts on “Pres. Sec. cites ‘massa bull-massa cow’ as gov’t owes CWSA

  1. The Government has not been paying VINLEC for the electricity, or CWSA for the water and sewage, or the VAT department for the value added tax. That is why the rates need to go up. They owe multi millions of dollars. Just like they owe multi millions of dollars to small and large traders, some for up to three years.

    They haven’t paid the poor fund to people and it is 2 weeks overdue. They say don’t push the government, if you don’t get it this month your get it next month. Poor people are starving, there are beggers everywhere, carparks, restaurants, banks, hotels, just about anywhere and everywhere.
    Please if your in SVG and know of anyone who you think needs help, please give them food or a few dollars.

    Those of you in the Diaspora, shame on you for supporting this wicked Marxist regime.


    Posted by Peter | January 13, 2012, 16:40
  2. I just found this website. Dont have any comments right now but hope to in the future

    Posted by Fred Grant | January 14, 2012, 17:34
  3. While we pay less for water than our nieghbours do, we have a right to do so. Why? we have it in abundance and the CWSA infrastructure is good to get it to our people. The govt when its a consumer must pay its blill. The hospital doesnt need to be cut off it needs to py its bill,Hans

    Posted by killer | January 14, 2012, 18:57
  4. This debt did not accrue overnight; it is the end product of years of bad fiscal management. If referendum monies for example were channeled towards servicing the CWSA debt, or if the government were to rescind recent salary increases to top officials inclusive of the AG and speaker, while scaling back on the lucrative contracts and payments given to the likes of Belmar, Snag, Fife, KING, Beach (both), Marshall, Baptiste, Straker etc, this will results in hundreds of thousand in savings…if not more.

    While King is quick to underscore the austerity / public service dichotomy, he neglects the bad management / tax the people duality. Water and electricity are essential services, if these cannot be maintained, how can such a convoluted, inefficient bureaucracy be buttressed? The choice is not between neglect of commitments or reduction of services to the people, it is between government being able to play its most basic role vs sticking “we the people” with a 15% surcharge!

    Considering water, electricity whose pricing is not as elastic as it ought to be, sharply rising with oil price increases but only marginally reducing when global fuel costs decline, property taxes, NIS contribution increases (likely), additional taxed items and in a context of depressed wages, it is clear that our ship is sinking.

    Posted by vincentsvg | January 14, 2012, 22:33
  5. Dishonesty is at the very heart of the ULP. Telling lies is dishonesty, theft and deception. Theft of the truth to deceive the people.

    When such people run a country eventually their dishonesty with the truth will eventually bring a country to its knees, its already happened to SVG.

    No true Christian should or would behave in such a manner. Its Time for all the church leaders to wake up and SMELL THE SULPHUR, time to realise they are dealing with the devil.

    Any one who sells our UN votes to countries who persecute and execute Christians, cannot be a true Christian, more than likely the devil incarnate.

    All of you who went to the rape rally support party, go to your Church and pray with your fellow Christians to the Lord for forgiveness.

    Some of you have been tricked, some of you are Marxist non-believers, some of you are collaborators who are willing to sell your soul to the devil for a few crumbs, or a job or well paid position with no work. Just to support this Marxist vermin regime, fully well knowing that your behaviour will bring a curse upon your heads.

    Just a tidbit: Excerpt’s from the 2009 IMF report, talking of the NCB bank;
    ” non-performing loans increased from 4% at the end of 2008 to 9.3% at the end of March 2010″.
    “the indigenous bank is facing liquidity problems”
    ” the authorities have decided to sell the bank to a strategic investor”
    “Directors [of the IMF] welcomed the authorities decision to sell the troubled state-owned National Commercial Bank to a private strategic investor, which will help impose discipline on public sector borrowing [government borrowing]”

    If you remember Gonsalves told us it was a stroke of genious on his part to sell the bank, well that was another lie, it was sold because it had to be sold, it had liquidity problems caused by public borrowing [government borrowing].



    Posted by Peter | January 15, 2012, 11:54

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