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MP tells gov’t to stop interfering in CWSA

Former CWSA manager and opposition legislator Daniel Cummings (Internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration should stop interfering in the operation of the Central Water and Sewerage Authority (CWSA), former manager Daniel Cummings said last week.

Cummings, an opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament, managed the CWSA both under NDP and Unity Labour Party administrations.

“I will tell you categorically, the government, then was not interfering in the CWSA and if they did, I would have resigned instantly,” Cumming said of his tenure under the NDP.

“I said that at a public function while serving as manager. … I recognised it as a critical element in ensuring that the institution performs at its best under the New Democratic Party government,” he further stated.

“You should probably ask why I couldn’t last long under a Unity Labour Party government.”

Cummings was asked to continue as manager of the CWSA when the ULP came to office in 2001. His contract was not renewed some years later and he subsequently entered politics.

He said last week that during his stint as manager of the CWSA, there was “far too much interference” from the ULP administration.

“So, I know, I have been there in both instances and I know what it is like … But you see, I have what it takes to stand up for what I believe in and that will be my position ‘til I die,” the West Kingstown representative said.

He said that the rates the state pays for water used at government facilities are as much as 40 per cent of what other consumers pay.

“The government must pay its reasonable share. Leave the institution to function without interference in its operation. Stop sending people to be employed who don’t qualify to be employed. Stop interfering in the award of contracts so that we get the best value for money,” Cummings said.

“Those are the things that helped the CWSA under NDP administration to function efficiently and effectively. That is why the service was not only enhanced but extended throughout the country,” he further stated.

Meanwhile, CWSA manager Garth Saunders, speaking at a separate press briefing last week, said that the CWSA has in the past been “charged with being a republic on our own”.

“We are still given that status by some and I believe part of it gives the impression that we are so rich that you don’t need to pay us. But it is not that,” he said.

“We are here because we are semi-autonomous and we are able to make decisions based purely on technical decision, solely on what is required to provide top quality service and you have to give all the governments, past and present, credit for allowing the CWSA to function is such a way,” Saunders further stated.

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6 thoughts on “MP tells gov’t to stop interfering in CWSA

  1. Here he comes the NEW LEADER of the oppositions party Major Daniel Cummings, I am so tired of seeing the man face, it seems like he is in the news everyday for a while now. he seeking publicity and he is getting the attention he desire, when is all this bull sh.. going to come to an end, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, I won’t be reading the paper for a while, SICKENING.

    Posted by GODWIN | January 24, 2012, 08:57
    • GODWIN. Do yourself a favour. Turn off your TV or Radio when Daniel Cummings is on or get use to the stress.

      Posted by Olbap | January 24, 2012, 13:46
  2. Godwin if you don’t like seeing his face, stick your head back up Gonsalves a..e.

    People like you are sickening, instead of examining what he says you attack his face.

    He knows more about the water company than any living person.

    Good bye to you and good ridance

    Posted by Peter | January 24, 2012, 11:14
  3. Isn’t this the same Cummings who cut off almost all the public stand-pipes so that poor people wouldn’t get water??

    Posted by no-nonsense | January 24, 2012, 17:18
  4. this is the man that fed water directly to almost every dwelling on the island making standpipes obsolete

    Posted by Peter | January 25, 2012, 17:49
    • LOL…LOL…LOL…LOL, PETER why did this government initiated the Windward Water Project? And for your information there are stand-pipes in most communities, so who are you trying to fool???

      Posted by no-nonsense | January 29, 2012, 22:22

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