Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has warned her Cabinet that in event of any wrongdoing she is prepared to cross the floor of the House of Assembly and lead an opposition to the Government she now heads.
The newly-elected leader, whose Barbados Labour Party (BLP) came to office last Thursday with an overwhelming 30-seat mandate, made it clear that she will not tolerate any breach of the trust given by Barbadians.
Delivering the feature address following the swearing in of 26 members of her Cabinet, Mottley, said that the win of all parliamentary seats means, “we now have an even higher duty to contend with”.
According to the Barbados Today Online News, she assured the Barbados electorate that their ‘generosity’ to BLP candidates “will not be misused or abused’.
Noting that the BLP victory leaves it and the country without a parliamentary opposition to scrutinize the actions of Cabinet, the executive, she referred again to the plan to make two senatorial seats available through a constitutional amendment in the hope that they will be taken by the Democratic Labour Party “for their voices to be heard in our Parliament”.
During her address the Barbadian leader also spoke directly to Eastern Caribbean leaders in the audience – Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell; St. Lucia Prime Minister Allan Chastanet and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
She assured that her Government was eager “to restore and re-invigorate its partnership with you in pursuit of our vital regional integration goals”.