ST JOHN’S, Antigua – It is hoped that mediation would soon bring an end to a dispute between Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) and Telecommunications Minister Dr Edmond Mansoor, who has blamed the utility company for damage caused to his CCTV cameras several years ago.
On Tuesday, the parties had a mediation session where a status report had to be delivered in the three-year-old matter, but the two sides are yet to agree to settle. The matter has been adjourned for further mediation.
The minister has insisted that in October 2009 the cameras at his property were damaged when six interruptions to the electrical supply occurred in the area.
APUA on the other hand, has maintained it conducted investigations and found the MP did not have sufficient protection for the cameras, hence it would not pay the $19,976.48 being sought in damages, interest and legal fees.
Documents obtained by OBSERVER Media showed the minister went through all APUA’s channels, from bottom to top, to address the matter outside of court.
Dr Mansoor wrote to APUA’s customer service electrical engineer, the chief electrical engineer and the company’s electricity manager, along with and other officials who had the same answer: “Sorry for your loss but inadequate protection was placed on the security cameras.”
Legal proceedings were subsequently filed in November 2011.
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