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Prime Minister Gaston Browne has expressed concerns over the possibility of people using the water issue in Antigua and Barbuda for political gain.
He recently revealed that the water supply in the St. Mary’s South constituency was abruptly turned off without any reasonable justification just before the By-Election.
The Prime Minister suspects this was done deliberately to influence the election outcome.
“On election day, we had no water. The water was shut off since Thursday. Monday night, I called the management of APUA, and I asked them to please turn on the water. I spoke to the general manager, I called him at about 7:00, and he said they had powered up the plant at about 5:00, but I don’t know how this happened.
He said APUA sent water to Jennings, but PM Browne said if the water came from Frairs, how could it have gotten to Jennings and bypassed Bolans.
“I don’t want to accuse anybody of weaponizing water in this country, but I found it astonishing. And the night before the election, people went to sleep without water. They did turn on the water at about 11:00 because I was following it. We found a valve guy. I had to send the police to get the valve man”, PM Browne revealed
“When we found him, I had to tell him to go back and see what’s happening with these valves. And he went back. In fact, he told me he had finished working at about 12. I said to him, if you are to work at 2:00, just get the water on, please. By the following morning, water off again. They said that there was enough water build up in the in the tanks.
The suspected deliberate turning off of water valves have been a major issue during the last general elections