ST JOHN’S, Antigua – “Absolutely naïve” and “unacceptable” is how Opposition Leader Lester Bird described the response he received yesterday from Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack to his request for a commission of inquiry into the fences and power plant matters.
“I must say that the Governor General, quite frankly, has not acted with any objectivity,” Bird said.
In her response to Bird’s letter that she received a week ago, the Governor General stated that she would not convene an inquiry for the fences or the Wadadli Power Plant, as she did not feel it was necessary.
Dame Louise stated that she was satisfied that the matter pertaining to the fences was adequately dealt with in a report drafted by Minister of Finance and the Economy Harold Lovell.
Regarding the Wadadli Power Plant, she deferred any further investigation, citing that Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer will soon place the matter before Parliament.
Bird responded to these comments, saying, “We say that there has been wrongdoing of a significant nature, and mal-spending and overspending. Yes, he (Lovell) made a report, but we made it clear and very pellucid that we are not accepting that report.”
Addressing the prime minister’s eventual Parliament hearing, Bird said that the power plant “brouhaha” should have been addressed earlier, saying, “It is not enough for her to say that Baldwin Spencer says he will bring it to Parliament. He has lost his credibility.”
The former prime minister said that some ALP supporters would be picketing and noted that he will be issuing a response once his steering committee and executives met to address the issue.
“You can be assured that we will not be going to accept that,” he added.
This is the fourth such letter Bird has written to government officials over the last few months in attempts to prove his claims that money has been misappropriated by UPP on the power plant and fences initiatives.