Friday, 07 February 2014 04:00
Antigua St. John's - Opposition Leader Gaston Browne has repeatedly touted his party's plan to make 500 homes available in 500 days, and now, the minister of tourism is asking how he will finance the project.
John Maginley raised the issue yesterday when he appeared on Observer Radio.
He said, "The opposition leader stood up in Parliament and said that he plans to build 500 homes in 500 days, but he has not said how he is going to finance it. Is he going to raid the statutory bodies? That cannot go."
Maginley was not the only one who had questions.
But one caller pointed out that the UPP promised 300 homes, but has not delivered.
"If it didn't happen under the UPP, is it going to happen under the ABLP?" he asked. "I am confused. This sounds like ring-a-ring-a-roses."
The caller said it was just a tactic being used by the parties to secure votes.
He also mentioned a proposed Land for Youth programme, and said, "They never got any land, and now they come again, saying the same thing."
On the latter point, Maginley retorted, "Every Antiguan has a right to own a piece of the rock, but they must be able to pay for it. You have people who were allocated lands in the 70's and 90's who never paid, and now they have to."
Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.