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Severed phones not related to gov’t ability to pay

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The disconnection of government telephone by telecommunications provider LIME for 24 hours last week because of non-payment had nothing to do with the government’s ability to pay its bills, according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

“I want to say emphatically this is not about a shortage or absence of resources to pay any telephone bills. I want to put that on the marker,” Gonsalves, who is also the Finance Minister, said at a press briefing on Monday.

“I know when I say that they say Ralph is only saying so to save face. I am telling you, as the Minister of Finance, that that is not so. But I am not allowing the Ministry of Finance to authorise the payment of bills, which are inflated, which are wrong,” he said, adding that the government owed LIME less than EC$1.1 million and not the EC$2.6 million the company claims.

Gonsalves further said that he “silently rejoiced” when the telephones were disconnected.

“I want to say to you with all honestly that I was not displeased. In fact, when I heard about it, I silently rejoiced because, for years, since before I came to office, there is this problem of the misuse and abuse of government telephones,” said Gonsalves, whose Unity Labour Party administration came to office in March 2001.

“The misuse and abuse have intensified since you can call from a fixed-line to a mobile, which is more expensive,” he said.

He said permanent secretaries and heads of department have not managed this problem.

“I have spoken to them repeatedly over the years. They will exercise some control for now and then they will go back to the old ways. And I am so happy that LIME did something, which they don’t usually do. They cut off the phones not only where you can make calls but also where you can receive. Because many of them felt no sense of shame when they couldn’t make but the problem is when they receive,” Gonsalves said.

He further said he was happy when radio personalities telephoned, live on air, police stations only to hear that the lines had been disconnected.

“Because why should a police station owe 20-something thousand dollars in telephone? Why should one owe $16,000? So I am hoping that out of all of this will come new and better systems and those with shame in their face will finally say they can’t abuse and misuse the government telephone and the permanent secretaries and the heads of department would ensure that systems are in place to prevent the misuse and abuse and to ensure that the bills are paid,” Gonsalves said.

He said three issues were connected to the disconnection of the telephones: the abuse of telephones by public servants, the issue of reconciling the accounts, and management by the heads of department and permanent secretaries.

He said the public service have relegated the payment of telephone bills to “somebody lower down the totem poll” and do not pay enough attention to it.

“… when the people by LIME call them, there are some ministries, some permanent secretaries, who believe they could talk to LIME like how they want and pay no attention to them. … And some people feel that Cable and Wireless will never cut,” Gonsalves said.

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10 thoughts on “Severed phones not related to gov’t ability to pay

  1. I AM WITH D COMRADE 100%…DAMN RIGHT MY COMRADE

    Posted by F.U.D.Z. | March 7, 2012, 13:50
  2. Oh come on you owe 9 months bills, do you really think we are all as stupid as your dunce class specialist Dream Team? They might believe your crap but no one else will.

    Go ahead blame those in lowly jobs, those who are frightened to comment on your outrageous claims. You are the minister of finance, you have often bragged that nothing happens in SVG without you knowing about it.

    The country is broke, we all know that. Why didn’t you pay LIME if you had the money, was it another case of spite? or simply abuse of power? Stop the crap, your making yourself and the rest of us look very silly.
    But I suppose when you write such crap it is to impress the Diaspora, because in SVG we all know the truth.

    You have brought this country to its knees by bringing an airport project to the country under false pretences, you told us it was being funded by a coalition of the willing, it turns out they are unwilling, with Venezuela owing us $10 million for Cuban wages.

    No wonder you walk in the garden at 4am some mornings, you may well find it difficult to sleep. Why not take some Viagra, it helps stop you from rolling out of bed.

    Posted by Peter | March 7, 2012, 15:47
  3. No alcoholic drinks at the Police canteen is also because the supplier was not getting paid and Miller, the marionette, strings were pulled for him to say something that is miles away from the truth.

    Posted by KS784 | March 7, 2012, 19:15
  4. The chickens are coming home to rouse! Right out of the horse’s mouth came the problem SVG society faces and I quote: “… when the people by LIME call them, there are some ministries, some permanent secretaries, who believe they could talk to LIME like how they want and pay no attention to them.
    It’s not LIME alone that is being treated that way; all Vincentians are treated that way, especially if they don’t have a party card. You are right Mister PM and I hope you will give Maxwell the support and latitude to correct this corrupt system.
    By the way: This government takes no responsibilities for bad things that happen on its watch. Ralph keeps passing the buck to people down the totem pole. This issue – like the banana issue was caused by workers down the line. The fact remains the bill was not paid and it`s an embarrassment to the government and to the person who doles out the cash – The Minister of Finance – The right Honourable Ralph Gonsalves.
    Ralph made the following statement in the article above: “But I am not allowing the Ministry of Finance to authorise the payment of bills, which are inflated, which are wrong,” he said, adding that the government owed LIME less than EC$1.1 million and not the EC$2.6 million the company claims“ . The statement shows he knew about the bill and didn’t allow the payment to go through. So why is he now blaming his ministers and permanent secretaries

    Posted by Vere | March 7, 2012, 22:20
  5. why is it that when the pm speaks of a problem he always talking bout wat used to happen before he got into office. its been over 11 years since he there. come on ralphie
    the reason why you were put there was to solve the problem not to make it worst

    Posted by twisted | March 8, 2012, 09:39
  6. THIS IS 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?). 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? Way 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…. You paying dem big money with all kindda benefits…. The Ministry is not dem home. They home phone nah cut off…. So wha? They must tek the shame and you must be 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 ’cause yo’ 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?… If I have a maurby shop, nutten like you could run it… But you running the country? That explains SVG’s sore socio-economic mess. God help us.

    What happen Comrade?… like yo’ making up this thing as you go along. I know. We in a comedy show.You on 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” and “negativity-ers”, this is nothing but share CRAP. It simply mek no sense at all. We can’t laugh for joy at this. This is not entertainment. So If we laugh, is not for jokes. Is for refusing to eat this “political Sh*t-sandwish” 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.
    Two rules:
    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 he does, your scripted response must be.. THANK YOU MASSA! 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 APOLOGISE TO COMRADE, FOR COMRADE’S WRONG…… IN OTHER WORDS: WHEN COMRADE SH*T, POLITICALLY , ALL YO MUST BE THE POLITICAL TOILET PAPER. CLEAN IT UP!THAT IS ALL” YO JOB. THAT IS ALL’YO FUNCTION.

    Wha happen? Ah mean, all’ you just decide to tek all this public embarrassment just because a man gee all yo’ a promotion? All’ yo don’t have any self pride? Why all’ yo don’t instruct Ralph where to put his sh*t? … Me? I prefer to have half a soap and half pound ah chicken and eat it proudly, than to suck-up to this kindda de-humanization. Wha?” the hell wrong with you people?

    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 8, 2012, 11:43
  7. Bilk, Bilked, Bilker???????????????????????????????????????

    Posted by Peter | March 8, 2012, 22:27
  8. at some point he must be charged with mischief in office

    Posted by Peter | March 9, 2012, 16:41
  9. Gonsalves is a very nasty little fat Marxist mischief maker, living in the past, Humpty Dumpty the 20 dollar fertilizer man.

    LIAR KING, THE NEW DISNEY FILM, STARRING THE 20 DOLLAR FERTILIZER MAN, EVERYTHING HE TOUCHES TURNS TO CRAP.

    Posted by Peter | March 10, 2012, 21:25
  10. Bar steward, born one, remains one to this very day., in actuality and more-so in behaviour.

    Shame that it wrecked your life and removed human decency from you.

    Always felt inferior, always remained second class.

    Even your education was second class, and your achievements less than that.

    Rotten to the core, and a contaminator of all who you touch.

    Marxist rubbish awaiting disposal by the Lord.

    Posted by Peter | March 13, 2012, 14:53

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