Minister Whittaker and the Georgetown flood
After $500 million spent, a small army of ordinary citizens mobilized to manually clean drains, and excavators pressed into service to dredge the main canals, Georgetown experienced the worst flooding it has seen since 2005. So much for the ‘Clean up my Country’ campaign; at least now we know it was nothing more than a slogan.
And what excuses did the authorities have to offer citizens this time around? Well there sat Minister of Local Government Norman Whittaker at a press conference on Friday, not displaying even a hint of sheepishness. It was negligence on the part of the Mayor and City Council, he told reporters quite unabashedly, that was responsible for the flooding, but that drainage work conducted by the ministry had helped to alleviate the highest recorded rainfall level in decades. Warming to his topic, he then adopted a posture of faux contrition by telling the media that his ministry had failed to put enough pressure on the city council to deal adequately with the maintenance of flood prevention mechanisms before the rains came. Continue reading