Opposition MP says PM used CWSA boss to detail water rate hike

From left: Opposition legislator and former CWSA manager Daniel Cumming, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and CWSA manager Garth Saunders (montage photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Opposition lawmaker Daniel Cummings says Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves used Central Water and Sewerage Authority (CWSA) manager Garth Saunders to detail the increase in water and solid waste management rates on Tuesday

Cummings, a former manager of the CWSA, noted that Gonsalves announced by did not detail the rate increases in his Budget Speech on Jan. 9.

“Look at the disrespect the Prime Minister has for this country. He comes to the Parliament and says there is going to be an increase in water rate. His cabinet had long agreed to it. But he doesn’t even have the boldface to tell us in Parliament how much is the increase. He has to leave it to the CEO of the Water Authority to lay the hard facts on us,’ Cummings said.

Saunders said in a media briefing on Tuesday that CWSA consumers will next month begin paying at least EC$5 more for the company’s services.

“He (Gonsalves) is too good to lay the bad news. Somebody else has to do his dirty work for him,” Cummings said at a media briefing on Wednesday.

“He doesn’t have the respect of the Parliament and the people to come like a man and say it is a 15 and 20 per cent increase at a time like now…. He wants somebody else to do his dirty work for him,” Cummings said.

Saunders said that the CWSA, which last increased it rates in 2007, has seen a decline in revenue even as it has invested EC$10 million of its own money in capital projects.

He said that the increase were necessary to maintain the financial health of the company and said he was not expecting the public to react negatively to them.

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6 thoughts on “Opposition MP says PM used CWSA boss to detail water rate hike

  1. What DISRESPECT is this crazed man called Cummings is talking about?

    This is nothing more than NOISE MAKING and MISPLACED EMOTIONALISM from a DESPERATE MAN.

    Mr. Cummings, you have 4 more years to go…try not to WILT under the PRESSURE of being in OPPOSITION as Mr. Garth Saunders continues to do an EXCELLENT job as CEO of the CWSA.

    We’re getting TIRED of your DESPERATE NOISE MAKING antics.

    Kenton, you’re trying to MANUFACTURE NEWS out of the NOISE MAKING of Daniel “STONE CHURCH” Cummings.

    Come on bro,

    It is not every NOISE MAKING by the NDP is NEWSWORTHY.

    Posted by vincypowa | January 21, 2012, 03:55
    • I agree with your comments, every time this loud mouth man make him mouth run off without his brain the media is there to give him the attention he seeks, I am tried of reading about him in the news, I guess he wants to become the leader of the opposition party. DESPERATION IN THE MAKING. OR MAYBE HE WANTS HIS OLD JOB BACK AT THE CWSA. Give me a break D Cummings, ENOUGH.

      Posted by GODWIN | January 21, 2012, 14:37
  2. VincyPower, pot black, pay the people back their money.

    Sick people, still time for Marxist scum to get a new brain in Cuba, a superior brain transpanted from a poodle.


    Posted by Peter | January 21, 2012, 21:27
  3. The report by Saunders is a red herring. The increase is not to improve service, but maintain the financial health of the company. Something is wrong with this statement and probably with the books. I feel that an independent accounting outfit should examine the records of this department.

    Posted by Vere | January 21, 2012, 22:32
  4. I checked this out and Saunders’ account is accurate. You should also note that because CWSA is a Statutory organisation its accounts are audited annually by a reputable independent international audited firm and the audited financial statements are laid before the HOuse so that each member of Parliament (opposition included) gets a copy to peruse. Copies are also sent to the CWSA’s bankers and regional and international lending agencies.

    Also, it seems to me that it will be quite difficult to implement improvement projects to improve service without having “financial health” …don’t you think….. Just saying…

    Posted by Carl | January 21, 2012, 23:54
  5. Of course! Why not improves the services and products then implement the increase. It’s easier to point out where the money is spent. The muddy water issue shows why the increase is necessary, but the people should be informed of these things.

    Posted by Vere | January 24, 2012, 19:20

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