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Walker says Nibbs Difficult

Walker says Nibbs DifficultAntigua St. John's - Barbuda's Member of Parliament Trevor Walker has referred to Arthur Nibbs as very authoritative and very difficult to deal with.

This was ventilated on Observer Radio when questions about a $500,000 loan to the Barbuda Council were posed to Walker yesterday. The BPM member would suggest that his knowledge of the matter is limited.
 
"I only heard about it the other day when Asot and Gaston were in Barbuda - they promised to assist the people with $500,000 - Gaston said even if he has to mortgage his house. it will be done," Walker said.
 
He said the idea feels like a political gimmick - "If it were legitimate, it would have been done long ago, and not just a few days before the elections - it smells like a political gimmick."


 
He also said that the Council chairman did not have any discussions with him about the loan, and further explained, "He is a very difficult person to deal with. It's either his way or the highway ... he is very authoritative and his position is that certain information must be kept from me." Walker said and also noted, "Whenever I go to the meetings, he is very aggressive."
 
Walker also blames Nibbs for the woeful financial state of the Council.
 
"For the year 2013, central government paid the Council in advance, with an additional $1.3million," hw said, and added, "Nibbs management is terrible - I would say that he has misused the office, travelling to St Maarten and giving people all kinds of grants. This is the reason people cannot be paid on time. He also employed more people, causing the payroll to increase."
 
Walker said before Nibbs took over as chairman, salary payments were sometimes delayed by five weeks, but the Council managed - sometimes taking it down to three weeks.
 
He said under Nibbs' leadership, payments have been delayed by up to 15 weeks.

The parliamentarian said that he would be happy if the Barbudans would get some money - but would want to know that it is coming from a legitimate source, and that the appropriate channel is  being used.
 
Nibbs, who also spoke to Observer Radio, said arrangements have been put in place for the $500,000 loan to be granted - and should be before the beginning of Caribana.
 
He was, however, unwilling to say how the loan will be repaid, and when pressed by Darren Matthew - Ward on the channel that was used to obtain the loan, Nibbs said, " Mr gentleman, every time I come on this programme you try to get me to say, what you want me to say, but that will not happen."
 
He added that in due course, a statement woul be issued to the public.  
And while Nibbs embraces Peter Wickham's poll results, which see him winning the Barbuda seat, Trevor Walker is confident of being returned to office.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Walker says Nibbs Difficult

#21 Mmmmm » 2014-06-09 15:18

I certainly feel sorry for two constituencies in this election the Barbudans and the people of Rural West.
Why? When money was flourishing in Antigua under the ALP they were two of the constituencies that were marginalize for many years. I wonder what makes them think that things are suddenly going to flourish for them? I do admonish them to be mindful and do not allow themselves to be blinded by a few dollars. It is nothing but an election gimmick that smells like fish.
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#20 Robinhood » 2014-06-08 08:29

ALP, UPP and ABLP, what ever P you want to call them is all the same when it comes to Barbudans. Barbudans remember how tough and resilient you are when it comes to surviving adverse economic situation. Don't let these guys insult you with an obvious bribe, come on we are better than that, let that behavior stay on the other side of the pond. Take the money but stick to your principles and vote for your best interest - gaston and Nibbs is not the answer you are looking for, as we all know Walker did not do the job he was sent there to do. So now, what choice do we have?

Since we don't have a third candidate we have to look at these two and ask ourselves which of the two can give us the greatest return for our vote. Clearly the people Nibbs finds himself alligned with ( gaston and assot) cannot be trusted, both of these guys mentor is LESTER BIRD (remember what he did to us) then we have walker asking for a third term - should people continue to "eat magic to eat meat". Nibbs disqualify himself as the answer, just look at the people he is alligned with - hooligan who will stop at nothing to have their way with your LAND.
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#19 Truth sayer » 2014-06-08 08:03

This 500,000 from the ABLP that was paid on Friday is a solid endorsement of Gaston Brownes commitment to Barbuda. If any mismanagement has occurred at all it is the UPP treatment of the BPM and the only bribery that took place was to give Mr Walker the most lucrative job in Goverment that has allowed him to live a comfortable life. In my view Mr Walkers actions need a full explanation in regard to the dock at River where over 500,000 was xx from the people and a dock built where the ferry can't park, EXPLAIN THAT MR WALKER!
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#18 SMDH Too » 2014-06-08 07:57

Meigo Man what obligation are you talking about? The UPP has met and surpassed its obligations to the Barbudan people. The Council provided Central Government with a Budget of what it intended to spend over a specific period. The government provided all that the council requested PLUS IN EXCESS OF A MILLION DOLLARS MORE. If Arthur Nibbs took the money and played Santa Claus outside of Xmas, what is the UPP government to do? Just keep on giving him money? I never knew Kool-aid had such serious side effects. You people are something else! You wouldn't know right from wrong if it hit you in the face like a 2 x 4. Too much ingrained corruption.
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#17 SMDH Too » 2014-06-08 07:51

To all the ALP sycophants and hounds: Where in the WORLD have you ever heard of an OPPOSITION PARTY contracting a debt on behalf of citizens from a "PROSPECTIVE INVESTOR" and worse, on virtually the eve of an election? The world is full of corrupt politicians but none of them would be so barefaced. The ALP is now entitled to an entry within the Guiness Book of World Records. Having made Antigua the most corrupt country in the world, during their reign, they have now distinguished themselves as the most corruption and barefaced politicians the world has ever seen. I don't know why I am bothering to answer you fools because you all know very well that the ALP is engaging in barefaced bribery for all the world to see. It is in the DNA of everyone who supports Labour to be dishonest, deceitful and corrupt. They will do any and everything to win. Their only comfort is when they have access to the treasury. It's been a long, cold 10 years and the lack of access to the people's money is beginning to take its toll. Antigua is now for sale by the Opposition. Any bidders?
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#16 bebe » 2014-06-07 22:30

I wonder where are the honorable moral people in Antigua and Barbuda gone, the love of money is the root of all evil, the wages for this $500,000 is going to be a thorn in the flesh of the Barbudan people, the old folk say eat little and live long, many do not know about the Barbuda struggle with the ABLP, and how Barbuda was raped by them, where are the true patriotic Barbuda, who are not willing to sell out their birth right for a few bottle of beers and a chicken leg.
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#15 Observer » 2014-06-07 19:21

Why is the focus on UPP and not Arthur Nibbs who should be giving account for the money that he was paid in full by Central Government to pay all his workers? He even got over a million extra! Gaston Browne did not do the people of Barbuda a favour, he did Nibbs; his fellow comrade a favour. Come on people this was total mis-management of funds! Are you ABLP supporters so bias and blinded that you fail to ignore the facts and try to put the blame on UPP? This seems to be the norm with the ABLP and it's supporters...always try to worm their way out of things and put the blame on others. You all are so wicked and evil! It was Nibbs responsibility to pay so stop blaming UPP and ask Arthur Nibbs wey d money gone?!!
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#14 RAWLSTON POMPEY » 2014-06-07 19:16

Politically, both " ...Trevor Walker-BPM and Arthur Nibbs-ABLP," are on different sides.

That which may have been inadvertently omitted are these:

(i) ...Trevor Walker, by virtue of his Parliamentary position, makes him a "...Member of the Barbuda Council.

Section " 4" of the Barbuda Local Government Act No. 15 of 1976- Chapter 44 makes this very clear.

Arthur Nibbs, was elected to the Council at the polls by the people; while fellow Councillors elected him as Chairman.

Common sense shall tell them that "...Political rivalry, animosity and grumblings ends after the Council elections ended."

Common sense shall tell them that they need to work together as " ,...Councillors" and administrate the affairs of the people for which;

(i) The Barbuda Local Government Act No.15 of 1976 provides for " ...automatic membership of Trevor Walker; and (ii) ...For the people's vote, that provides for Nibbs' election to the Barbuda Council.

It borders " ...s*****dity that there should be tug-o-war over the people's business, simply because of " ...personality and/or political differences."
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Walker say Nibbs is Difficult

#13 The Raven » 2014-06-07 15:43

The Kool- Aid is definitely getting sweeter. Beware of high blood sugar people.
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Walker says Nibbs difficult

#12 Unanimous » 2014-06-07 09:17

Ah bay They ABLP did what ur Trevor Walker and and the rest of the blue flies couldn't do plain vindictive that's what they are the people of Barbuda should suffer they shouldn't eat just because he is not head of the council. That's why they gonna teach him a lesson come this Thursday.
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SMDH TOO We are now living in Bribary Country

#11 Donseebat » 2014-06-07 08:53

SMDH I once would of said that the member for St.Peters was guilty of bribary , but now the xx is also enguage in simulas tatics , Cxxxxr makes Assot look good . So we defenitly needs electoral reform , especially to know where are all the campaign funds are coming from . I have heard in Grays Farm by a lady that she got her package from the xxx , a bag , hat , shirt , and shoes and rapped there in was 3 dollars .
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#10 Meigo Man » 2014-06-07 08:33

Instead of offering xx xx, the UPP would be better off using the money to help Barbudans!

Instead of taking US$1 million from a major cell provider for elections, the UPP would be better off using one fifth of that to meet their obligations for Barbuda!

Instead of buying street lights just before the elections they would be better off giving some of that money to meet their obligations on Barbuda!
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#9 JB » 2014-06-07 08:30

The ALP does whole sale bribery and the UPP does "retail" bribery?! Lol!! So all the laptops, cell phones, driver's license, $5,000.00 payments, duty free, tablets are not bribery, huh? SMDH. Wholesale or retail bribery, six and half a dozen ah de same ting!
But the real question is why weren't people being paid for some 15 weeks? Why didn't Walker address this months ago? Or at least sacrifice his salary or demand from his cabinet colleagues to intervene and help alleviate the financial woes felt by Barbudans? Why wait till now to say how appalled you are, when your opponent tries to ascertain some money, whether for political gain or from the goodness of his heart? (The public will decide) Instead of paying thousands to Yolanda Adams for a few hours of performance and contributing thousands only too Caribana, for a few days of frolic, they could have given or loaned the money to the Barbuda Council!
Instead of spending money on party paraphernalia, both of the major political parties, could have spent the "donated" money much more wisely, especially during these "hard economic times"!
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Walker the right thing for the UPP is to pay the people

#8 Reality » 2014-06-07 08:06

Knowing the payment is the responsibility of the Central Government the UPP should have paid this amount and not allow the ABLP the opportunity to do so.
UPP thought the ABLP was bluffing, guess what Gaston is no bluff for him it is strictly business.
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#7 Amazed » 2014-06-07 07:43

To why they did not do it long time ago? Because there is a government. Give the government the respect and a chance to carry out their duty. However, if you have Caribana and no one has money, it would be a very dead and blue Caribana for all in Barbuda. I think if elections was earlier it would not have happened.
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#6 Amazed » 2014-06-07 07:40

If this is considered bribery, all the street lights, and pipe laying, and promises of grand things that will be done to benefit the people if a particular party is voted in, is bribery. Bribery is the giving of money, whether now or in the future, or the promise of carrying out something now or in the future to benefit someone in order to influence ones action. This is being done every night on the platform. The problem is, is that no one can prove that the way a person vote is a direct result of the street lights, loan, and all the grand things the upp is now doing in the name of government providing services to the people.
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#5 tenman » 2014-06-07 07:36

Walker wrongly states the situation before nibbs took over. Observer publications carried an article before the election labelled Barbuda council may have to cut workers due to lack of moneys www.antiguaobserver.com/barbuda-council-may-cut-staff-due-to-lack-of-money/. after having central government try to starve the new council of money's here is the proverbial Judas suggesting his hands are clean. It's the usual blame game with upp (and aligned)elected officials, never take responsibility. Yet strangely they wish to argue leadership matters. Clearly it does hence we need to hold them responsible.
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#4 Nice » 2014-06-07 07:13

well said.
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#3 wadadman1 » 2014-06-07 07:11

So you prefer the people of Barbuda to go without wages.
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#2 SMDH » 2014-06-07 06:52

If it's a bribe all the barbudans have to do is not accept it and continue trying to live without a salary. If Trevor was concerned he would have ensures that barbudans get paid.
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#1 SMDH Too » 2014-06-07 05:52

Why is Trevor Walker trying to be so modest. What Nibbs and his party leaders are doing is not gimmickry. The word for their actions in the dictionary is BRIBERY. Pure and simple. Before the eyes of the world, the ALP is engaging in wholesale bribery on the eve of the elections and we must call them out on it. Whoever heard of an opposition party contracting a debt on behalf of the people? Who will repay this loan when they lose the elections? I hope the Prime Minister does not take up one cent of taxpayer money to do so. The so-called loan is their vulgar attempt to buy votes and it is they who must repay it. My hunch is that the so-called "investor" is none other than an ALP candidate with deep pockets full of our money, who will recoup his bribe money many fold if these people are allowed to take over the reins of power. My fellow Antiguans and Barbudans, as they say, "beware of Greeks bearing gifts." There's nothing like a free lunch.
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