Opposition leader the Hon. Arhnim Eustace said he still cannot understand why the government will be bringing furniture from Bali to furnish the newly constructed Police Station in Georgetown.
Eustace on the NewTimes program on Monday 19/09/2011 asked what is so special about the furniture in Bali.
The opposition leader also asked why local furniture manufacturers were not given the opportunity or invited to bid for the contract.
He said with the state in which this country’s economy is in, he cannot understand why the government made the decision of importing the furniture from Bali, instead of assisting local business people here and creating employment for some persons who are unemployed.
Eustace further added that if the tendering process is not monitored properly it would open an avenue for corruption. He said the tendering process provides for transparency while widening the opportunity for those who are capable to do the job.
Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace no longer believes that the Dr. Ralph Gonsalves Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration will fall within one year of its third term in office.
But the New Democratic Party (NDP) president yesterday said that his party still believes that Vincentians will vote again before 2015, when elections are constitutionally due.
“The NDP doesn’t believe that the government will last five years,” Eustace said of the ULP administration, which began its third term in office last December
“We said so from the beginning [that] we would be campaigning,” Eustace added.
The NDP recommenced its “normal political campaigning” last Thursday with a town hall meeting in Owia, the first in a series of such activities.
He said residents of that North Windward community were concerned about arrowroot, the latest crisis in relations to bananas, and the closure of the fisheries complex recently opened there.
“A lot of their concerns have to do with agriculture and joblessness in the area,” Eustace said.
He said the NDP had not had any public meetings for some time and had already decided to have town hall meetings toward the end of September.
“There are a lot of issues in the country that needs discussing and which we have been airing on talk radio and, we have decided now to spread out some more and go back to town hall meetings,” he further said.
The NDP’s town hall meetings come even as the ULP announced that it would have two political rallies every month until the end of the year.
Eustace said the NDP objective is to remove the government from office in the normal manner in less than the five-year period. He added that the party was working on one year but it doesn’t seem that that will materialize now. The NDP will continue to work but do not expect the government to last,” said Eustace, who was prime minister for the five months ending March 2001.
The opposition pointed out that there is a very serious economic situation in this country and a number of issues [whose] resolution is going to involve some austerity on the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He said this is going to bring a lot of pressure on the political apparatus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Eustace said the country cannot continue to have negative growth year after year, to have fiscal deficit ballooning out of control as we have now and not find ourselves in difficulty in the not too distant future.
He highlighted the debt crises in Greece, with reports on Sunday morning saying that the nation was under pressure “to get the next payment although they have done a lot of things already”.
“Eustace said he believes that a lot of pressure is going to come down on the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and that will lead to elections.