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PM accuses opposition and foreigners of undermining economic dev’t

  • “… there are several instances, since Dave Ames has been there, when the state has had to take certain strong measures.” – PM Gonsalves
  • “… I want the people of this country to know how the opposition, in conjunction with people from overseas are seeking to undermine economic development in the country…” – PM Gonsalves
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 18, IWN – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has accused the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) of joining with foreigners to undermine economic development in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

He levelled the charge during a call to WE FM from Antigua on Sunday after an encounter with two BBC journalists, who, he said, accosted him aboard an aircraft in Barbados on Sunday.

He said the men told him, “Prime Minister, we have three witnesses who would testify that [resort developer] Dave Ames came into your office with a briefcase of money and then left without it. What do you have to say?”

Gonsalves denied having received money from Ames, whose company, Harlequin, is the subject of an investigation by the BBC “Panorama” programme.

Paul Kenyon, one of the journalists, told I-Witness News on Sunday that they had failed to secure an interview with Gonsalves during their four-day visit to St. Vincent last week.

But Gonsalves said he only knew on Friday that the journalists wanted to interview him.

Gonsalves, who said he had visited paralysed, gunshot victim Sweet-I Robertson in Chateaubelair on her birthday and got back to his office at 4:55 p.m. Friday, said he told his secretary to tell the man that he couldn’t meet them that day.

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

The Prime Minister said the man said they were leaving St. Vincent on Saturday, and he told them he would not be available until next Friday.

Gonsalves said that 10 minutes later, another man called and said it seems that he was avoiding them

“I wasn’t avoiding them. But if you are coming to St. Vincent, you want to interview me, write me, call. There is Hans King, the press secretary, there is Elson Crick, the communications director,” he said.

“And when I found it obviously strange that they had come to do a hatchet job, was when a journalist called me, a female journalist, and said that [opposition senator,] Vynnette Frederick had been calling around to find out if they can get me to talk to these people,” the Prime Minister said.

Gonsalves said that the men apparently went to Buccament with one of the senator’s brothers on Saturday.

Dave Ames, chair of Harlequin Resorts (Photo: Searchlight.vc).

Dave Ames, chair of Harlequin Resorts (Photo: Searchlight.vc).

“Now, if Mr. Ames has any problems with investors, they deal with that in the United Kingdom. Mr. Ames has received concession, as every investor; Mr. Ames has been given citizenship, as indeed other investors who have been around for five years or more and who have qualified,” said Gonsalves, who has ministerial responsibilities for citizenship matters.

The opposition has questioned how Ames became a citizen but Gonsalves has said that the process was in keeping with the law.

“I’m not going to discuss why a particular person has been granted citizenship as against somebody else. In other words, I am not individualizing this,” he said in June 2012.

On Sunday, he said he has “not even taken or asked for a campaign contribution from them (Harlequin) for elections”.

He said that he went to the resort once with his wife and two daughters, and two of their daughters’ friends.

“When I asked for the bill, they said to me that the manager said not to charge me. It was about 100-and-something-dollars. When I get back up, I called their lawyer Sam Commissiong and said this embarrasses me. When I go to eat I want to pay,” the Prime Minister said.

“Now, there are several instances, since Dave Ames has been there, when the state has had to take certain strong measures. I don’t have to talk about what they were or what they had been — in relation to that project,” Gonsalves said.

“And, everything that has been done by this government in relation to that project, has been done transparently and in accordance with law. So, this dastardly accusation — I have been in politics now, actively, for 40-soemthign years. It is the first time somebody has made such a dastardly accusation in relation to me. Totally false!” he further stated.

“And this kind of this unseemly ambush, I want the people of this country to know how the opposition, in conjunction with people from overseas are seeking to undermine economic development in the country and at the same time, to see how they can bring disrepute to the office of the Prime Minister,” Gonsalves said.

It is terrible and the only way to fight these things is to come openly,

Gonsalves said, adding that he is no less of a prime minister than Britain’s Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, or David Cameron.

“They think they can go on any plane and accost them, ambush them in that manner? This falsehood about they have witnesses — they can have a thousand witnesses … because it is untrue; wholly untrue,” he further said of the accusation.

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace (File photo).

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace (File photo).

Gonsalves further said that a gentleman has said that the BBC journalist had shown to them a video in which Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace reportedly levelled an accusation against the Prime Minister.

“I hope that gentleman could be prepared to come forward and provide that evidence. In fact, he also told me — the gentleman — that Eustace was telling them the way he can help them to ambush me.

“… We have been having in recent times the opposition in the country behaving in a particular way. … If you can think of a Doberman with denture, yapping, yapping so you see everything exposed and when they bite, they think they have something, they have absolutely no impact,” Gonsalves said.

Gonsalves further said that when he was in opposition and an offshore banker accused Eustace of taking bribes and taking and not repaying loans — which Eustace denied — he gave Eustace the benefit of the doubt.

“I said, if I have to choose between the word of Nano and Arnhim Eustace, I will choose Arnhim Eustace word. I said, until the evidence comes, I am not getting involved in that sort of a rubbish and I fought the election on other things.

“You see how people protect the integrity of the Office of the Prime Minister and those who don’t want to? And those who want power so badly that they would want to pull the country down. … Can you imagine such outrageous conduct all around by these people the opposition and these journalists? Of course, I will write the BBC when I get back home,” Gonsalves said.

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10 thoughts on “PM accuses opposition and foreigners of undermining economic dev’t

  1. told you so

    Posted by peterbinose | February 18, 2013, 08:52
  2. I would advise the PM to give an interview to the BBC journalist’s. Otherwise they will make it sound bad by saying that they asked him for an interview but he refused.

    Thing is, perhaps Mr PM you should tell them you sometimes tell lies, you told us, so tell them before someone else does.

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the King’s horses, And all the King’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

    Who was Humpty Dumpty?
    Humpty Dumpty was a colloquial term used in 15th century England to describe someone who was fat or obese

    Posted by peterbinose | February 18, 2013, 09:28
  3. PETERBINOSE, I would ADVISE the PM to ACT like the LEADER of a NATION that he has DEMONSTRATED that he is for the past 12 years.

    Do you think these BBC REPORTERS can go to the WHITE HOUSE and deal with Barack Obama in the MANNER that they tried to do with the PRIME MINISTER of our BLESSED SVG or APPROACH the OBAMA in the MANNER that they did the PRIME MINISTER of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines??

    They would have been ARRESTED on the SPOT.

    PETER, it seems like you’re SUFFERING from a so-called THIRD WORLD MENTALITY which is UNFORTUNATE.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 18, 2013, 11:06
  4. VINCYPOWA, you have been proved wrong time on time. Well keep watching this space, everything is about to unravel.

    I am not going to waste anymore time on you. I am going to take my afternoon rest, when I wake up I will decide if I will post the US Million Dollar share out and the Diplomatic Passport feature in reply to your post.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 18, 2013, 14:45
  5. Peter, I heard the same NOISE in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and now 2013.

    In other words, it is more of the same NOISE…nothing NEW HERE.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 18, 2013, 22:38
  6. VINCYPOWA, thank you for reminding me, we should never forget. Thanks again for your help.

    Remember Gonsalves has been accused of sexual assault by at least five different women, that is according to what Colin Williams the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] told us. Gonsalves has been accused of rape by at least one of those five women, yet never been before a court to prove his innocence, in any matter he was accused of.

    He has taken us into ALBA and signed us up to treaties and agreements that he has never discussed, published or presented to the people. In the latest such document of the January 4 2013 ALBA agreement, signed and approved in Caracas, Venezuela, there are the seeds of a total MARXIST takeover.

    Gonsalves told us he sometimes tells lies, how then can such a man have the respect of any decent person.

    Gonsalves told us he only works Obeah for the Lord, you can’t work Obeah for God, so who is the Lord he refers to? how then can such a man have the respect of any decent person.

    Remember the Million US Dollars in cash in an old bag?

    Remember the Diplomatic passport given to a man that was caught using it while carrying a kilo of cocaine?

    Posted by peterbinose | February 19, 2013, 06:21
  7. PETER, THANKS for REMINDING me that you’re LOST in a ZONE that TIME has FORGOTTEN.

    That said; who said you cannot work OBEAH for the LORD?

    Do you know what is OBEAH?

    I SUGGEST that you go and LEARN some REAL AFRICAN HISTORY so you do not CONTINUE to be IGNORANT of an INDIGENOUS AFRICAN SPIRITUAL and RELIGIOUS PRACTICE which you CLEARLY do not UNDERSTAND.
    http://www.npr.org/programs/re/archivesdate/2004/feb/voodoo/
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Is-Voodoo-a-Religion-of-Egypt?&id=1440720

    No need to THANK me for HELPING you to INSTILL some REAL KNOWLEDGE in that SAP of a HEAD of yours.

    As for the DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT issue, are you REFERRING to the MAN who was FOUND NOT GUILTY of what you claimed was in the suitcase?

    As for ALBA, no need to respond to the NONSENSE that I have already addressed some 2 years ago.

    See you around, BUB.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 19, 2013, 11:53
  8. VINCYPOWA, well, well, so you stoop even lower. Now you are supporting Gonsalves in Obeah worshipping, an insult to Christianity and certainly an insult to the Catholic church. I think I shall write today to the Bishop and ask that unless Gonsalves publicly withdraws his statement […] that he Gonsalves be excommunicated.

    It is always very obvious when you are up the creek without a paddle, when your getting angry, when losing grip, that word BUB pops up.

    By By BUBbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb, stinky poo.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 20, 2013, 06:48
  9. POOR PETER is TOTALLY IGNORANT of HISTORY and CHRISTIANITY, so allow me to HELP him out with a PICTURE.

    https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQi0NrJX-15g3j8Ppsfj6siDtzhjmc1fAuQZ6SRMpLFwGzd69-9YQ

    Peter, no NEED to THANK me for HELPING U to get RID of your IGNORANCE.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 20, 2013, 14:12
  10. I HAVE BEEN INVITED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS BY VINCYPOWA TO CLICK ON A LINK, THE ONLY ONE TIME I DID, HE DOWNLOADED A KEY STROKE LOGGER ON ME.

    I WARN YOU ALL STAY AWAY FROM HIS INVITATIONS

    Posted by peterbinose | February 21, 2013, 21:25

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