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Fire broke out at PM’s residence in November

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Vincentians taxpayers could have this year been rebuilding and not just repairing the Official Residence of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told Parliament yesterday that a fire broke out in November at the building, some parts of which are leaking.

“The workmen are right there now on the roof because yesterday you had some rain and a section of the place was wet down; you had to put buckets,” he said of a situation he first made public in November 2010.

“In the month of November [2011], it is the alertness of the security at the residence, which prevented a fire blowing up the place,” Gonsalves said yesterday.

‘… Since they want to talk about it, I will, in the process, put myself in sackcloth and ashes to demean myself. But I will stoop to conquer in the image of the people,” he told Parliament in response to opposition statements that too much money was being allocated in this year’s budget for the upkeep of the Prime Minister.

“In the room next to the kitchen, which has the gas and all that, they have the central equipment for the infrastructure for the electrical works … a fire occurred there.

“It was the alertness of the security – it was in the night and my 16-year-old daughter was sleeping in the room which is leaking and which is just above there.

“It would have been blown sky high. … There is much more, but I think I have said enough,” Gonsalves said.

Gonsalves said that every opposition Member of Parliament, during the Budget Debate, spoke of the EC$260,000 allocated to refurbish the Residence of the Prime Minister.

“That is an issue? Am I a man who behaves as though I am a lap of luxury man?” said Gonsalves who told Parliament that he does not drink expensive wines like other leaders and his favourite drinks are water and mauby.

He said he was not defending the building of a palace but the refurbishing of a house so that it does not deteriorate.

“It is so demeaning to speak about these things as a leader of modern, independent, sophisticated country …” Gonsalves said.

He said that while the International Monetary Fund was saying that the world economy is entering a difficult and dangerous phase, the opposition was arguing about the EC$200,000 allocated for expanding the security quarters at the Residence and a new vehicle costing EC$70,000.

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5 thoughts on “Fire broke out at PM’s residence in November

  1. Gonsalves why didn’t you tell us that the money $250K that you wanted to repair the roof was for fire damage.

    When will Gonsalves realise that with-holding the truth is as bad as telling lies.

    Was the fire caused by some ones negligence? Is that why the cover up?

    Was the attempt to cover this up, because there was a failure to insure the property, because had it been insured the tax payers would not be asked to foot the bill. Well hopefully not anyway.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | January 14, 2012, 12:07
  2. Fire at the Financial Complex, documents destroyed. Were any documents destroyed at the house?

    Gonsalves, remember your saying that you asked your followers to chant, ‘KEEP THE FIRE BURNING’.

    ‘OWN THE JOBS’, ‘OWN THE GOVERNMENT’ why not ‘OWN THE FIRE’

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | January 14, 2012, 13:20
  3. THis sound like a lie. I agreed with peter that if there is an iota of truth the silence on the matter was an attempt at covering up. are we to beleive that In less than ten years a building that cost over 4 million dollars to repair is leaking that bad? A smell ah rat and a big RED ONE at that.

    Posted by killer | January 14, 2012, 19:02
  4. HOW COME WE ONLY HEARING ABOUT THIS FIRE NOW, SEEM LIKE THE TRIP TO ISREAL MAKING HIM TELL MORE LISE SO THE PEOPLE COULD SEE THE REAL FIBBING GONSALVES.

    Posted by UNITY FOR SVG | January 15, 2012, 11:44
  5. UNITY, I advised him if he going to Israel to get circumcised [but that would of meant half of wood gone] to be in keeping with his Portuguese ancestry.

    Posted by Peter | January 16, 2012, 22:47

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