On accusation, ‘Gonsalves is a liar’ — Eustace

“The evidence will be provided just now. They will see it.” — Eustace

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, left, and Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (montage image).

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, left, and Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (montage image).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 18, IWN – Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace Monday responded to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves’ accusation that Eustace told two foreign journalists that an investor took a briefcase/suitcase of money to Gonsalves’ office and left without it.

“He is a liar,” Eustace said of the Prime Minister during his weekly programme on Nice Radio.

He, however, confirmed that he had given an interview to the BBC journalists who came here for four days last week as part of their investigation of Harlequin, the company that owns Buccament Bay Resort.

“Where could I get information of his accepting anything? I am saying that Gonsalves is a liar when it come to that,” Eustace said on “New Times”, a daily programme sponsored by his New Democratic Party.

“… I said nothing like that,” Eustace said of his interview with the British journalists.

“The evidence will be provided just now. They will see it,” Eustace, however, said.

Eustace had initially said he was not going to respond to the accusation before a press conference he announced for later this week.

“I am not going to have much to say because I intend to have a full-fledged press conference in a day or two. I like to have all my facts straight before I respond but I will say a few words about a couple of things from the last two days,” he said at the beginning of the programme.

He focused on the economy, saying it continues to decline and that he has not seen the growth in the banana industry being reported.

More and more businesses are in difficultly, the former prime minister and minister of finance said.

“And I am really concerned about the state of this economy and this society. We really have to take some positive action on the economic front in order to bring this country back to some sense of normalcy on the economic front.

“So, that is the big issue now, despite all the more sensational stuff that we are hearing about…

“Very often, we like to get carried away by the more sensational kind of news, but next morning after that news is gone, we are still where we are, and worse off. I am focusing, as much as we can, on both sides of the issues in terms of we need to get our economy going while we can deal with those issues at the same time. But we cannot forget the state of our economy…”

Eustace said he had previously mentioned on his programme the number of persons who the resort owes.

“Some people got a little of their money since that and they have called me once or twice on these matters but I am not satisfied the progress with which some people are paid.

“Somebody that is owed $1,500, you have to make more than one payment and you haven’t paid them for a year — a small farmer in the area? That is not good enough. You take people’s goods and service, you must pay for them, and especially when it is a small operation. They don’t have the cash to carry themselves,” he said on Monday.

Eustace further said farmers don’t have overdraft to pay bills and have to pay with what they earn.

He said people have contacted him about monies the resort owes them and he has forwarded that information to the resort.

“These are some of the things we face here on a daily basis and we can’t continue like that. … It is a very serious matter and we mustn’t forget it. We must bear it in mind when we are having these types of discussions. It is really, really tragic in many, many ways…” Eustace said.

Gonsalves said on WE FM on Sunday that two BBC journalists accosted him on an airplane in Barbados and accused him of taking money from Ames, which Gonsalves denied.

BBC journalist Paul Kenyon told I-Witness News on Sunday that he and another colleague approached Gonsalves on the aircraft.

“We had asked him for an interview before and he refused so we decided that we would tackle him on the airplane when it came to a halt…” Kenyon told I-Witness News.

“He responded by saying that the allegations were outrageous and he said we were not BBC journalists,” Kenyon said of Gonsalves.

Gonsalves said on Sunday that he told the journalists that he was unavailable for an interview before this Friday.

He left St. Vincent Sunday for the CARICOM heads of Government meeting in Haiti and will return on Thursday.


19 thoughts on “On accusation, ‘Gonsalves is a liar’ — Eustace

  1. I told you so, I wrote elsewhere in a publication that I believed the Building and Loan situation was manufactured to hide up what was happening at the same time in Britain and Internationally regarding Harlequin and Buccament and all their other projects. A warning issued by a UK government department, warned that Harlequin investments were not covered under the financial services investment guarantee scheme.

    A British newspaper said that Harlequin had taken deposits 6000 people for projects in seven different countries, but had only completed 300 units at Buccament.

    I believe the BLA investors were sacrificed to create an enormous smoke screen and divert our attention from Harlequin.

    Now it has blown up. I told you so. It was only a matter of time.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 18, 2013, 13:55
  2. What exactly is Eustace saying that PM is lying about? I suggest that Eustace is in no position to safely say PM Gonsalves is lying since he doesn’t know what was told to PM or by whom. Eustace should clearly deny or confirm what PM says was said to him. Besides, what evidence is he talking about that he says will be made available soon?He seems to want to make this issue a “side show” and trying to divert to issues of the economy…as important as the economy is, but it is he who seems to be a “star” in the side show! It’s he who admit to have engaged the journalists about the Harlequin affair and it is one of his senators who chaperoned them around in SVG. He should explain he and the NDP s involvement in the “side show”

    Posted by Doug Slater | February 18, 2013, 14:20
  3. How on earth can Mr Gonsalves accuse the Opposition Party of Malicious rumours and falsehoods.

    Mr Gonsalves do the decent thing and resign. You have become a laughing stock around the world, running away from BBC Journalists in Barbados Airport […] .
    Your comment ” I am no less a Prime Minister than David Cameron or Tony Blair”

    The difference is Mr Gonsalves , they are honest Politicians […] unlike You . You are […] and should Resign.

    You are an Embarrassment to the Good People of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

    Posted by craigrain | February 18, 2013, 16:03
  4. Freedom of expression on the Internet afford persons the opportunity to blog and make all kind of negative comments about political leaders without regard to facts. The persons in question physically prevented the Prime Minister from exiting the aircraft along with all the other passengers on the plane. For the Prime Minister to move, he would have been forced to push the man out of his face. Second, the Prime Minister clearly stated that he was told that the leader of the opposition gave an interview to the person from BBC and that Mr. Eustace has confirmed is a fact. The Prime Minister also stated that he was told that Mr. Eustace informed the reporter that he (the Prime Minister) was paid by Mr. Ames? How does that made the Prime Minister a liar? Mr. Eustace has deny that he made that statement. Mr. Eustace could have claimed that the informer was a liar, not the Prime Minister. It is interesting that the Prime Minister is the one who made the public disclosure about the million dollar claim. Maybe he has nothing to hide!

    Posted by ellsworth2013 | February 18, 2013, 18:44
  5. It’s amazing how glibly some people throw around accusations of others ..especially accusing political leaders of corruption! Quickly qualifying foreign..i.e former colonial powers politicians as “honest”…while quickly labeling our own Caribbean counterparts as “corrupt”. is it that we are so politically biased that we are comfortable to succumb to our inferiority complexes with respect to our perceptions of our former colonial masters vs our respect for our own homegrown statesmen? The debate we are having now precisely comes out of such irresponsible unsubstantiated allegations! It’s not about politicians being ” thin skinned”, its about what is fair to all ..including politicians! They are people too! They have their integrity at stake, they have families and who wouldn’t want to protect their good name?
    BTW…If I were Iwitness news, I would from time to time seek legal counsel to ensure that material emanating from these blogs do not border libel. To accuse anyone and especially a Prime Minister of corruption is serious! While we want to encourage free speech and open media, that ought to be tempered by equally ” responsible and fair” media.

    Posted by Doug Slater | February 18, 2013, 19:15
  6. Like the good Jimmy Cliff sang: Time will tell, time will tell, time alone will always tell.
    Whatever it is will soon come to light. The BBC is world renowned for exposing problems the world over. The Vincentian community is very very familiar with the BBC coverage and accept it as credible. Why the belly aches now? Is it because you can’t control the narrative? Even PM Tony Blair has had to contend with the harsh spotlight and examination of BBC. What’s the belly ache??????????????

    Posted by Ray FitzPatrick | February 18, 2013, 21:49
  7. Kenton, I sent you the edited version of that post, because there were errors, how come you did not post it. Instead you posted that one, why?

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 18, 2013, 21:50
    • VINCYPOWA, we thought the post was submitted twice. Please submit the comment again and we will delete the original one and approve the new submission.

      Posted by Admin | February 18, 2013, 23:00
  8. LOL@ I like to have all my facts straight before I respond

    Eustace has to be the LAUGHING STOCK of the Caribbean as he is in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    This is the same man who IGNORED FACTS, and continues to do so, from the IMF, the ECCB and EDITORIALS in the LOCAL NEWSPAPER, so he can continue peddling the falsehood about the economy of SVG SUFFERED 4 CONSECUTIVE YEARS of NEGATIVE GROWTH, simply to misinformed the PUBLIC at home and at LARGE for CHEAP POLITICAL gains.

    As for calling Dr. Gonsalves a LIAR, Mr. Eustace, you should be ashamed to utter such a remark, because you’re the BIGGEST elected LIAR in SVG.

    You’re the same DECEITFUL OPPOSITION LEADER who led a CANDLELIGHT PROTEST MARCH against POVERTY in SVG then turned around and told the nation that the march was actually to show the PRESIDENT of Taiwan the STRENGTH of the NDP, because you wanted him to not give St. Vincent and the Grenadines monies to help build the International Airport at Argyle.

    Moreover, you’re the same CONNIVING OPPOSITION LEADER who went abroad and told Vincentians at a town hall meeting that life is so HARD In SVG that Vincentians have to buy half a cake of soap and half a pound of chicken back.

    So when you said, “I like to have all my facts straight before I respond,” I had to laugh, because I SENSE that YOUR FACTS is INDEPENDENT of THE FACTS. And that is why, if one has to judge you on your record of telling truth to the public, a FAILING GRADE you will receive.

    That said, Mr. Eustace, I wouldn’t HIRE you to MANAGE a MAUBY SHOP much less GOVERN a COUNTRY.

    You’re a DISGRACE to our NATION and a PUPPET of your SCL MASTERS!

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 19, 2013, 01:22
  9. If a man say in public that “I” told two journalists that a businessman bring a brief case of money to my office” and I know I didn’t have such a conversation with any one then I am entitled to call that man a liar. If the man say in public who I told “John Doe” then I will call John Doe a liar. What is all the arguments about fellas. Some people act like they never was on a forum or a serious debate. Besides, the journalist never said Eustace told them any thing. Now let me say one thing here no one knows the hold story as yet so its a matter of time will tell as Ray states. So you Vincy Powa you dont know the full detail and the same words you used for Mr Eustace you need to first used them on your self. Every one knows you have proven yourself to be the biggest liar in SVG and you know the reasons so I willnot dig them up. You should be ashame to be making responses on the I witness news after how much nasty things to say about Kenton. I don’t know why Kenton doesn’t Ignore you,you ungratefulness, all you know is how to call people ill names that you should be calling yourself.

    Posted by profdasilva | February 19, 2013, 02:42
  10. And Vincy Powa the word is ” whole” story as yet. If u see any more of my tipo errors let me know,you nastyness.

    Posted by profdasilva | February 19, 2013, 02:46
  11. Now this really must be hitting a nerve, all the big guns making comments, trying to defend the indefensible.

    SLATER, you know what Eustace means when he call Gonsalves a liar “Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves’ accusation that Eustace told two foreign journalists that an investor took a briefcase/suitcase of money to Gonsalves’ office and left without it”.
    We should thank the Senator and NDP for chaperoning the BBC reporters around. Gonsalves could of met them for 30 minutes or an hour but chose not to.

    ELSEWORTH 2013, wake up my friend, you may be a naive idiot but we are not. If Gonsalves made that statement, even if he was repeating something he was told, if its untrue he knows the consequences, he specializes in suing people. Gonsalves should take a cheque to Eustace for $251,000 dollars, a written apology, and a withdrawal of
    his statement in the public media.

    SLATER, two postings, you really must have your mind in turmoil, what you need is a rape rally type of event to wind up the red rat ULP supporters.
    All the dreadful spite over the years that has been generated, all the names, all the indecent gestures, all the families destroyed, and worse of all, all the lies. Now it is all coming back, its what is called ‘KARMA’. I hope your keeping your Cuban compatriots fully informed.

    VINCYPOWA, well we are now hosting most of what I describe as the Vincentian Marxist scum brigade. Almost everything that you write is untrue and written only to try and defend Gonsalves as he slips deeper in the $hit.
    The economy has suffered 4 years of negative growth. Eustace is one of the most respected men in the Caribbean.
    Isn’t it amazing how everything that Eustace has forecast has come to be, come true.
    Isn’t it amazing that everything that you have published over the years has been proven to be untrue. In many cases a perpetuation of Gonsalves originating lies.
    With regards to SCL, Gonsalves employed at the same time a similar firm who does exactly the same thing as SCL. This was exposed in WIKILEAKS, when a man working for that firm told the US Ambassador, it turned out an expose on how the people were bribed to vote ULP. I will post that for you later.

    One of the things that still worries me is that Gonsalves told us he is a liar, with his very own mouth he told us that. He also told us he is here to finish the work of Maurice Bishop the very dead Marxist Grenadian revolutionary. Well part of the work of Maurice Bishop was instructing his central committee that they should keep two sets of financial accounts, to defraud the IMF and other financial lenders. Gonsalves needs to unequivocally state that is not part of the Bishop work that he will or has undertaken. We need the comfort of that statement, I cannot be sure that everyone will believe him because he is a know and self confessed liar.

    Now the difference is, what I write is true, you MARXIST monsters render lies and inuendos.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 19, 2013, 21:13
  12. Dougie I heard you loud and clear when you asked ” is it that we are so politically biased that we are comfortable to succumb to our inferiority complexes with respect to our perceptions of our former colonial masters vs our respect for our own homegrown statesmen?” I suggest you ask the PM this question too with respect to his attitude and pronouncements on the Opposition Leader and vincentians who are not supporting the ULP. It is very dangerous when a so called “homegrown Statesman” tries, in this modern day, to reintroduce Colonialism in SVG and uses some of the so called black, intellectuals, progressives as his “house Slaves”. It is high time we wake up to the realities of where our blessed land is being taken Dougie.

    Posted by Noel Dickson | February 19, 2013, 21:18
  13. Please forgive my questions , but I feel that too many comments made by the Prime Minister are reactionary , derisive and in part racist !

    Mr Gonsalves said ” I was approached / confronted by two White Men “. What does these two men’s color have to do with their status as Internationally renowned Journalists ! Is the color of your skin a reason to pursue the truth ? Answer NO it is NOT !!!

    The truth Mr Gonsalves is the truth

    Mr Gonsalves has publicly stated that ” He is a Poor Politician ! “. Well Sir you might be a poor Politician , but You are a Rich Person.

    Can The Prime Minister prove his lack of wealth by openly declaring his bank accounts , who paid for his Mothers Home renovations, All the “free meals at Buccamen “, also the “briefcase money from Ames” ?

    Why did our Prime Minister so freely give a Vincentian Passport to a Man who belittles Our People, he doesn’t pay Contractors and Staff at Buccamen haven’t been paid for January and in some cases not had december salary. It is my belief that mr ames should have his passport removed and his alien status revoked immediately. Then harlequin should be made to pay all outstanding taxes , payments and salaries to contractors and staff.
    If this does not happen , Buccamen resort should be closed until payments are made and future payments guaranteed. Substantial deposits should be paid into the bank to ensure payments are made.

    Sir, before you blame Mr Eustace make sure You are telling Us the truth and that You are free from suspicion.

    As for all Your tears on Vincy radio stations . The term ” crocodile tears” is in my mind.

    Sir , do the decent thing on behalf of the Great People of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Resign Now before the Panorama Program is shown . The “fallout” from this program will have serious ramifications for the SVG Governments credibility throughout the other Caricom States but Worldwide.

    We are a small Nation full of extremely nationalistic and proud People.

    Posted by craigrain | February 20, 2013, 07:18
  14. CRAIGRAIN, it is idiots like you and Peter who have CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED of being neither NATIONALISTIC or PROUD Vincentians.

    You guys are EASILY LED and CLUELESS and so will SELLOUT your COUNTRY with a DROP of a DIME.

    This BBC PANORAMA EPISODE has so CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED that we have some Vincentians still SUFFERING from a COLONIAL STATE of MIND.

    POOR Craigrain, Peter and the rest of the other clowns. It is such a relief that you guys are nowhere near making any DECISIONS of IMPORTANCE on BEHALF of this blessed nation, else we would have been the LAUGHING STOCK of the Caribbean.

    You guys have demonstrated again to the world that you’re just a bunch of clowns spewing nothing more than garbage on this blog.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | April 6, 2013, 10:23


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