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UPP Brands Amnesty APUA Death Knell

ABLP Brands Amnesty APUA Death KnellAntigua St. John's - The United Progressive Party (UPP) has broken down the Antigua Labour Party's (ABLP) plan to provide amnesty to Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) customers if elected to power.

According to the government, nearly $200 M stands to be lost if this plan takes effect.

Opposition Leader Gaston Browne has outlined the amnesty measure as part of his post-election relief measures.

The government's condemnatory release is reprinted below in full.


The Antigua Labour Party (ALP) campaign promise to forgive arrears on utilities would deprive Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) of approximately $172,000,000.00 and threaten the livelihoods of the 807 employees.
On Antigua domestic electricity arrears amount to $29.9 million; commercial $87 million; and industrial $9.2 million. On Barbuda domestic arrears are $366,000 and commercial is $589,000.

The total outstanding water bill is $15.7 million domestic; $27.9 million commercial; and $1.2 million industrial.



ALP leader Gaston Browne has pledged immediate debt forgiveness for households and businesses if his party wins the June 12 general elections. This announcement has already had a negative impact on APUA and the employees, with a 50% drop in revenue collection in the latter part of May. This resulted in the late payment of salaries.

APUA General Manager Esworth Martin, in a press release, said the abnormal decrease in cash inflow is likely linked to the ALP’s campaign promise. Mr. Martin asked people and organizations to be conscientious when making statements concerning APUA.

The planned policy as announced by the ALP would cripple APUA, as the proposed debt forgiveness would starve the statutory corporation of projected revenues and would result in reduced plant maintenance with its concomitant outcomes; operational inefficiency; default in debt repayments; stymied expansion and development; unreliable quality of service; and supply shortages.

UPP Chairman Leon Chaku Symister said APUA offers payment plans and concessions to customers, and he called the promise reckless, saying the ALP would effectively dismantle APUA and displace the workers.

“Mr. Martin asked people to act responsibly when making statements about APUA to avoid future negative repercussions. The United Progressive Party is going further to say that the marked drop in revenue collection and the knock-on effect is but a sign of what is in store for APUA and the more than 800 employees under an ALP administration. It is clear that the plan would cripple APUA, render employees jobless, and create a precarious situation with the provision of utility services. Whereas Mr. Martin cautioned those making the statements, I am cautioning the electorate,” Symister said.



Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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#28 SHD » 2014-06-07 09:59

Wish Banks and Credit Unions would adopt the same policy. They are not getting any interest on their uncollectables from poor people. So why dont they grant amnesty so people can get new loans so the banks and credit unions can make interest.
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#27 DR DR BS » 2014-06-07 04:13

This article is full of [email protected] however if we are to pretend that there is a modicum of truth to it lets analize.

1. If Gaston's statement had that effect effect, it means that the populace , the larger majority KNOWS that Gaston and the ABLP is poised to win the election.

2. If APUA has to collect monies befrore the end of the month in order to pay employees at the end of the month then something is utterly wrong with management at APUA.

3. Commercial banks practice the same thing, after 3 months of a loan not being serviced, then it is no longer cycled, meaning interest is not calulated of it. And after a number of years it is removed from the books if and when the sums cannot be recovered. The samething is done for assets/instruments that are not serviced either. i.e after 10 or so years, savings account, CDs etc. with no activities are considered dormant and sent off to the ECCB.
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Signs OF Things To Come As The Nation Moves Closer To Becoming Rich!

#26 John French II » 2014-06-06 17:52

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! The Discourse At The Amofah Market At Da Bridge was Rocking.
Dessalines was touting that The 95% People of African descent in A&B Quote:
will rise up, their society will grow richer, the middle & working class making what is considered poverty wages in the U.S. will be on par with their richer brethren in Europe
in the next decade or is it the next 5 yrs under the UPP on a "Bewildered & Bemused Electorate".
Anansi continued spinning as fast as he could knowing that Politics is not the Art of The possible, but consists of choosing between the disastrous & the unpalatable in the next 6 days.
It is truly amazing that statements made the now defunct Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition since the Good Hon. Dr. PM called the election have completely destabilized that Venerable Institution led by Hercules after a disastrous start by De Doo Rag Chair & the Entrepreneur of Human Trafficking & Gentlemen's Clubs. What happened to APUA before The writ was dropped?
Will the real Dessalines please stand up & speak for Native Antiguan Citizens on the Machinations of the Arab Trader & the destruction of APUA from within. Will he advise Native Antiguan Citizens how a building cost to purchase & retrofit QUADRUPLED? Will he explain the rip off of the WPP on the "Bewildered and Bemused Electorate?' Show in your sidework how those will make the Nation's 95% people of African Descent Rich like the North Atlantic Nordics?
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morris

#25 tenman » 2014-06-06 17:23

Morris your example don't fit. They asked for the boat. Stated they knew what's wrong and they can Fix it. Asked for added money's to fix it and have made it worse. Before 2004 there was no major problem paying service providers. A major problem with apua is it has too much staff and management runs it as if we were still in the 19th century( eg paying a bill there was quicker before they had pcs)
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bull**

#24 tenman » 2014-06-06 17:10

This very media carried a sworn affidavit from Elton Martin who stated that the company's cash flow problem started about 2007. This was why they had problems paying apc. For the bitter ones who forget the same Elton Martin stated the outsourcing agreement with apc was a good deal for apua. This government minister of apua in about 2006 made clear that they bought more electricity from apc because it was a great deal. Even utility companies outside Antigua eg lucelec see outsourcing elec generation as a good thing since once done properly it can save the company moneys
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@ Morris - I am an AIRMAN

#23 skyewill » 2014-06-06 16:35

Sorry I pushed send by accident here is the rest of your answer:
Sir, if I did not have the resources to do an excellent job I would have to refer you to someone else who could do the job. I would probably refer a navy guy, They are more into seafaring vessels. You see Sir, we are taught/trained toDELIVER WHAT WE PROMISE. Will that be all Sir?
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@ Morris - I am an AIRMAN

#22 skyewill » 2014-06-06 16:28

If you left me in charge of your Yacht I would apply the core values instilled in me by the greatest force on the planet USAF using integrity first, service to you selflessly, and excellence Then I would send you the bill and hope a yacht owner like yourself you got the bucks to pay me… next question First Sgt Sir.
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#21 JackAllen » 2014-06-06 15:53

People when ABLP win the election dont pay your electricity bill, telephone bill,
water bill because Gaston will be there to the rescue HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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#20 JackAllen » 2014-06-06 15:43

Some of you all dont want to pay for services that you use, thats why you backing up what Gaston said about writing off arrears. but even if Gaston write off your arrears you will still run up your bills, and owe APUA for the rest of your lives YOU FOOLS
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@ Skyewill

#19 Morris » 2014-06-06 13:23

I hear you loud and clear Soldier.


Now, here is a question for you:

If I was working and able to take care of my yacht, but didnt, and allowed it to fall into a state of disrepair then gave it to you to take care of, would you try to salvage it with what little money and resources you have, or would you destroy it with hopes to rebuild knowing you have no money or resources to do so?

If nothing is done after a period of time and the yacht finally sinks, who is to be blamed? The owner or the caretaker?
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@ Morris - Sergeant Williams Reports as ordered, Sir!

#18 skyewill » 2014-06-06 12:45

We all know that things goes back way before UPP, I admitted that. I am addressing the current times because that all we got. We got a move forward and what in the past is to be learned from not dwell on. I know all the bad stuff; I heard all the accusations just like everyone here. THIS GOVERNMENT IS A FAILURE. Promises of transparency where all lies. Bypassing Parliament on important issues is suspect. The other option has a new leader who I hope will bring change. Now when we consider that the leader matters based on the way our government is structured we will never know what another leader will bring unless we give him a chance. Election is less than a week away. Let the chips FALL WHERE THEY MAY!
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#17 Truth Be Told » 2014-06-06 11:47

UPP ought to ask themselves why they went "to bed" with Digicel and left APUA out in the cold. Where is the "Digicel Bedroom Lover" to comment on all those "FREE" tablets given to school children?
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@ Skyewill

#16 Morris » 2014-06-06 11:44

Though I agree with you that the UPP made some blunders with regards to APUA, the company's problems didn't just start when they came to power. APUS has always had its share of problems.

Now, we've all seen and heard that they are struggling financially, and you're telling me that the best thing to do is to kick the company in the gut while it is down? I think that is the worst thing that they can do.
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Enough with the insults at each other already!

#15 Curious George » 2014-06-06 11:11

I find it strange that APUA would be owed all this debt and have done nothing to recover it from the Largest debtors especially from the commercial and industrial businesses. It suggests that amnesty was already given to them if they can owe so much and the ordinary man/woman have been paying are unceremoniously cut off if they are delinquent by even a month. I find in this election season we all seem to be losing our heads criticizing this plan or endorsing one parties' strategy over the other when it is we the little men who really feel the backlash. We the people need to unite and think about how as a people we can improve our standard of living in this country and stop insulting each other and playing politics.
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Stop, Drop, shut um up set um up shop

#14 skyewill » 2014-06-06 10:41

"The ordinary man perceives" Who is this so called ordinary man? Me? Yes I and I understand just fine and NO, Dessalines it did not start yesterday but DID YOU NOT PROMISE TO RIGHT WRONG? Then what the hell you waiting for? NO, YOU MADE IT WORST, APUA is under attack by the same people who is responsible to fix it. You create and support competition and that WPP project; you should go to Jail for that CHIT. Maybe if Gaston did not say anything you would not have heard of this mess. WHERE IS THE AUDITS? (I’m getting mad) Can you pay on line; can you get a meter when you need one? Is there good customer service? Ten years and you got the TESTICLES to talk? WHAT MAKE ANY OF THES COMEDIANS BETTER THAT "Racan with the red herring in he hand?
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APUA

#13 Susan » 2014-06-06 10:34

LOOK @ ANTIGUA & BRBUDA, THE ONLY ISLAND WHERE MINISTERS DON'T PAY FOR UTILITY, THINK ABOUT, WHY SHOULD THEY NOT PAY THEIR SHARE LIKE THE LITTLE & THEY ARE RIPPING THE COUNTRY OFF. IN THE USA THERE ARE NO SUCH THING ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS MUST PAY LIKE LITTLE GUYS. WAKE ANTIGUANS STOP THE BLEEDING OF OUR COUNTRY BY THOSE GUTLESS POLITIANS MAKE A CHANGE THIS ELECTION.
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#12 bluranger » 2014-06-06 10:08

why so many person in antigua dont read a lot
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Moral Hazard

#11 Mr Byam » 2014-06-06 09:10

Apparently none of the geniuses in the ABLP have ever heard of moral hazard. The idea that people who willfully thief Antigua people current or are too lazy to work are going to miraculously decide to start paying their bills or actually go out and get a job after the Antiguan taxpayers pay their bills is the most idiotic thing to ever come out of the ABLP. Note to Gaston, moral hazard will ensure that just the opposite will happen.
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@rational

#10 Mala » 2014-06-06 08:43

Seriously you do know that it is xx who advised APUA not to lock anyone off before elections. So no one is paying !! Further more writing off debt that will NEVER be paid is not making APUA loose anything it is wiping bad uncollectable debts from their books and starting fresh DUH!
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UPP brands amnesty APUA death knell

#9 Unanimous » 2014-06-06 08:41

Esworth Martin and some of you bloggers are so dunce can't even see further from you all nose think before before u blurt out nonsense.
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why pay

#8 josephine son » 2014-06-06 08:07

why would i pay my bill if its going to be amnestied.i dont know why antiguans think this guy is smart because is not and the other guy seems to hear only what he wants to hear.....join a third party even if you do not vote for it and the two main party will work harder for your vote
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@ UPP!

#7 Meigo Man » 2014-06-06 07:19

#1 Fact: You can't lose what you don't have! Those customers are off the grid! Actually, it will improve APUA's Cash Flow since these customers will be added back to pay!

#2 Fact: If the UPP is going to sell APUA, the purchaser will see all these debts as delinquent and subtract them from the value of the Company anyway!

Bull chit baffles brains!
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#6 annoyed » 2014-06-06 07:08

If those big business places would pay they bill, APUA would not be in this predicament. A house whole can't own,$200 or they get cut off, but business places can owe $2000 etc. How is that fair?
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why they think that we are **ed

#5 wadadman1 » 2014-06-06 05:49

They will only make a statement like that because they think we are **ed. How on earth writing off a debt for up to December 2013 and giving consumer a fresh start be a bad idea. If you all want to find out why APUA is in financial trouble ask the political crony who run it to the ground.
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@ Skyewill

#4 Dessalines » 2014-06-06 05:42

So APUAs failures have nothing to do with outsourcing water procurement and electricity generation or the funding for the public market. Are you telling me that APUA woes began when they purchased Benjies building and funded the WPP? So they were a profitable and efficient company in previous years??

I distinctly remember as a boy growing up the water shortages and almost daily blackouts during the 80s and 90s so I do not know who you're trying to fool.
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@ Skyewill

#3 Rational » 2014-06-06 05:08

I beg to differ with you. APUA's cash flow problems (recent) has everything to do with Gaston's idea of amnesty. You see it's the way the ordinary man perceives what he said. They are not focusing on the 31/12/2013 write off date......they only understand that they won't/don't have to pay APUA's bills!
Remember your own party said that Antiguans don't read nor listen properly. You have only yourselves to blame.
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#2 Rational » 2014-06-06 05:01

And ANTIGUAN WOMAN would be one of those 807 employees sent home.

What a thing.
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You Mad no Bumby

#1 Skyewill » 2014-06-06 04:40

APUA failure has nothing to do with Mr. Browne's great idea of amnesty for the needy. APUA problems is it's current management and the administration screw up when purchasing WPP and the dumb idea to put such and active operation on a congested area in town while still paying rent at Cassada Gardens. They rebrand and have no competition and blow a ton of money. Time to stop listening to these clowns and vote them out. All this desperado movement will not deter the people from change.
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