“Parliament deserves every bit of criticism”: No meetings on Zebec and landfill – DP faction upsetPOSTED: 09/18/15 12:13 PM
St. Maarten – There will be no urgent meeting of parliament about the harbor-deal with developer Zebec, nor will there be a meeting about the garbage dump. This became apparent this weekend from a press statement by Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams.
“If anyone is holding his or her breath for answers regarding the harbor’s pay-out to the Zebec company, these answers will not be forthcoming anytime soon; at least not in a meeting of parliament,” Wescot-Williams wrote.
The meeting cannot take place today, because Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs has other engagements. Parliament has other meetings on Tuesday and from Wednesday, the prime minister will be off island until September 27.
“Two questions immediately arise,” the MP wrote. “Where is the minister responsible for harbor affairs, namely the minister of tourism, economic affairs, transport and telecommunication? And secondly, where is the deputy prime minister?”
Wescot-Williams added that the will be no meeting about the landfill and the waste-to-energy plant anytime soon either, “because up to Friday last, the new minister of Vromi (Claret Connor – ed.) was still ill, so no date could be set for that meeting.”
“If parliament accepts this type of behavior from the government, then parliament deserves every bit of criticism that is levied against it regarding its below par functioning as the oversight body for government,” Wescot-Williams noted.
The MP sees however some light at the end of the tunnel: “At least in the case of the harbor, we might get some answers from the ongoing investigation by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.”
Wescot-Williams repeated her stance that the harbor threatened Zebec for damages not too long ago. “Now it turns around and borrows money to pay the same company out. If it was all a big ado about nothing and more saber rattling, do not the people deserve to know? Oh I forgot, “non-disclosure.” And we, the Members of Parliament should not ask anything?”