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Browne said too many rotten eggs in statutory organizations
In a bold move, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that his government will be taking strong and decisive action against three senior officials in statutory corporations who have been causing severe disruption and impeding the progress of the government.
The Prime Minister’s stern warning leaves no doubt that he means business and those who have been hindering the progress of the government are sure to feel the full weight of his wrath.
“We are not spiteful, but we are holding people responsible. There are three others in which immediate action will be taken against them. They hold management positions in three statutory organizations…
“There is another person. A fourth one. I don’t want to say the gender. But that person is so obnoxious and rude, I am telling that person if you continue to undermine the government, you are going to be in trouble”.” Browne said
The General Manager of APUA, Esworth Martin, has been asked to go on pre-retirement leave by the government. This decision was made in the best interest of the residents who have been suffering from the inadequate services provided by APUA under Martin’s management.
Prime Minister Browne clarified that he has nothing personal against Martin, who has been in that position for over three decades. However, he stated that Martin has failed to perform professionally, causing residents to become dissatisfied.
This dissatisfaction reached a point where the government almost lost the last general election. On a positive note, Browne also revealed that Martin will not lose any benefits.
“We pay him all his benefits, everything. We didn’t hurt him, we didn’t take anything from him, he isn’t losing anything. All we are saying is go ahead because we want to accelerate the reforms that are necessary within APUA, including the reform in the water department,” Browne said