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Gov’t doesn’t owe LIME EC$2.6 million – PM

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – There is some discrepancy between the amount telecommunication provider LIME says it is owed by the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government and the amount the government says the company is due.

“… the sum, which has been posted on the Internet of EC$2.6 million, is wrong. It came from Cable and Wireless (LIME),” Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told reporters Monday.

He said that his government owes the company less than EC$1.1 million and that he ““silently rejoiced” when LIME last week cut “a substantial number” of the government’s telephone lines, including police station, hospitals and clinics, because of non-payment.

He said that three issues contributed to the situation, namely, the abuse of telephones by public servants, reconciling the accounts, and management by the heads of department and permanent secretaries.

“And some people feel that Cable and Wireless will never cut … I am sorry when I see they had to cut the police station and the clinics because you don’t want a problem to arise there but there is abuse there also and it is only for 24 hours and the matter was sorted out and we are moving forward,” Gonsalves said.

“But Cable and Wireless has to also get their own house in order and don’t send a bill for $2.6 million when the amount would be below $1.1 [million]. … And I am talking from what I was advised by the persons who I have asked to address this issue for me,” he further stated.

Gonsalves said that the government was being billed for telephones that are not in service and added that it is the responsibility of permanent secretaries, rather than the prime minister, to resolve these issues.

He said that while LIME says the Ministry of Education owes LIME EC$849,899 the permanent secretary says that the Ministry’s indebtedness is indicated as EC$133,236.13.

“Now … it said indicated because it is believe that it is less than that,” he said as he read from a communiqué from that Ministry.

He further said that LIME was billing the Ministry for telephone services for which the Ministry was not responsible and for amounts that were not yet due.

“So LIME is sending bills to the wrong people about things which are not yet even due. … The Ministry of Education … and other persons who have written to me, say that there are several telephones, which are not linked to the Ministry. They sending them bills. So we are not paying bills which are not properly reconciled.”

Gonsalves, however, said that he appreciated that LIME is under new management locally and “might be under a little bit of pressure from fellas from overseas” even as it receives “some competitive jamming”.

“I have no problem with that. But lets reconcile the bill properly. And there are some permanent secretaries and heads of department, … they needed a shock therapy like this … to address it,” he said.

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6 thoughts on “Gov’t doesn’t owe LIME EC$2.6 million – PM

  1. PAY THE PEOPLE THEIR MONEY, 9 MONTHS IS BEYOND DECENCY

    Posted by Peter | March 7, 2012, 16:09
  2. COMIC RELIEF:

    So What exactly is the problem here Mr. Gonsolves? First you say it was the mismanagement of the PS’s. Then you said you were happy and silently glad the phone lines were cut off to. Hear this… To teach the PS’s a lesson.( AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! …All’ yo’ ever hear mo sh*t?) Then you said that you refuse to meet with LIME because they were wasting yo’ time by asking you to look into the problem of the non payment of the bills owed by the different ministries.( You are the PM.. who the hell is LIME?) That ain’t your business right? Then you said that the Officials were bad treating LIME. They talking to the company any old how. They refusing to meet with them, putting junior people to deal with LIME ( But you do the same thing but you na guilty eh?). Then you said that, you refuse to approve money fo pay ’cause like LIME trying to gee the gov’ment ah 6 fo ah 9( don’t sue the blog eh!.. ah just paraphasing). Now you tun ’round and say that the PSs are on top ah they game, ’cause they know how much they owe. So if yo put 2 and 2 together, LIME trying ah thing and the PS bussing the boulie. ( ah can’t say thief here!) . But wait Ralph. Yo nah say the people them were incompetent managers. So if yo’ nah approve any money, how come yo blaming the poor PSs? Saying they were responsibible for the none payment ah the bills? Wa they suppose to get the money from? Tek it from they ????… lay me leave that dey. Then yo tun round and say that the PSs should be shame because LIME throw egg in they faces. AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! What the hell I hearing ya? Shame fo’ wha? The people dem wuking. They getting pay. The Ministry is not dem home. So they must be shame and you glad and happy? That is how it works? Yo responsible fo provide the money. Yo na do that. LIME get vex and cut off the darm phones because you nah approve payment. And you tun round and say the people should be shame, while you glad and happy. Ralph, way kindda a sh*t is this? Yo’ gone crazy or what? ..What happen Comrade.. like yo’ making up this thing as you go along. I know. You on the stage geeing jokes and VINCYPOWA, NO-NONSENSE and them fellas in the audience clapping like hell for your ‘masterful comedy performance” .. HEY! HEY! HEY!.Fair enough! But fo’ we the “haters”, this is nothing but share CRAP. It simply mek no sense at all. We can’t laugh for joy at this. If we laugh, is for refusing to eat this Sh*t you trying to force feed us.

    But yo’ right. Yo dun have this whole thing wuk out. Yo’ gee the PS big position….I don’t know. Were these appointments based on the people’s politics or what? Just asking? Joke! we all know the answer to that one. First rule. The Comrade must not look bad. Don’t Kay way he do. THE COMRADE MUST NOT LOOK BAD! THE COMRADE MUST NEVER BE BLAMED FO ANYTHING. IF YO” ALL WANNA KEEP YO ALL POSITION, MAKE SURE THAT THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS. Second rule. All’yo function is to TEK the BLAME for anythig COMRADE DO WRONG. COMRADE WILL TEK THE RESPONSIBILITY, BUT ALL YO MUST TEK THE BLAME. THE COMRADE WILL SH*T YO ALL UP IN PUBLIC. WHEN COMRADE ‘F’-UP, ALL YO MUST TEK THE BLAME, AND WEAR IT WITH HONOR. FURTHER, EVEN THOUGH IS COMRADE TO BLAME, ALL YO MUST APPOLOGISE TO COMRADE, FOR COMRADE’S WRONG. IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN COMRADE SH*T POLITICALLY , ALL YO MUST BE THE POLITICAL TOILET PAPER. THAT IS ALL” YO JOB. THAT IS ALL’YO FUNCTION.

    Yes Comrade. What a thing? What do we have here? Leadership of a political gang? or the leadership of a country? AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! ME MOMMA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA! AHH! HA! HA! HA!

    Posted by roinuj | March 7, 2012, 18:52
  3. RIONUJ, there is something wrong with this guy, and you have the so called bright people sitting down and swallowing this shit. It only goes to show that alot of these people who he hired only got there because they have they red card, thats why they can’t say shit, else ralphie go fire them. U almost feel sorry for them, all the insults he hurling at them.

    Another Ralph classic, ‘I silently rejoiced when i heard the phones were cut off’. Thats the leader of our country…..

    and to borrow a phrase from porkey pig……THATS ALL FLOKS

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 8, 2012, 14:45
  4. Very well done ROINUJ, without any reference to liar, Marxist or ULP Scum Bags.

    I believe that LIME are being bilked,[ bilk, bilked, bilker]. Gonsalves knows exactly what I refer to, for the rest of you look up bilk, it is an interesting word. Well applied to this government and their financial actions.

    It will be interesting to see how that nappy wearing ninja twerp ‘Cattlehead’ ‘Wrecker’ ‘VincyPowa’ reacts on reading more evidence of the truth that you render in your very nice and diplomatic reply to Mr Chance’s very well written piece.

    LIME, Gonsalves is accusing you as dishonest, giving the public the view that you are guilty of false accounting. These are extremely serious accusations. You must take some action urgently to save your good name, and perhaps you should therefore considering suing Gonsalves for his uttering’s. Unless you take some aggressive action your good name will be dragged like smelly fish through the whole of the Caribbean where you operate.

    Posted by Peter | March 8, 2012, 22:08
  5. Those of you in the Diaspora who have been financially supporting this scum bag Marxist regime are guilty of supporting the Syrian regime in massacring its people, guilty of supporting the regime of Gadhaffi, guilty of supporting the North Korea government, guilty of supporting Venezuela in supplying Iran with uranium, guilty of supporting Iran who execute their people for being Christians, guilty of destroying democratic government in SVG and replacing it with a Marxist regime.

    Please wake up you have all been conned into believing wrong is right. This Hollywood actor has fooled you all.

    You have been visited by the devil himself.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | March 9, 2012, 17:13
  6. Lord of Darkness, had the mark of the beast removed from his foot in CUBA.

    Posted by Peter | March 12, 2012, 16:26

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