Phony excuse from Arnaldo Brown
THE EDITOR, Sir: The astronomical phone bills of our government ministers should be called out for what it is: another example of rampant waste of public resources, abuse of power and authority, lack of proper controls and accountability, and a total disrespect for the taxpayers who pay for it.
There should've been strict policies in place over use of phones paid for by the Government, especially while travelling overseas. Everyone is aware of high roaming fees overseas, but there are also options, and these bills should be kept in check. We should not allow ministers to feed us nonsense as explained in the statement by Minister Brown that "it is necessary to be in contact with, and be accessible to, the ministry, key stakeholders and the diaspora by phone and email".
A minister of state is a junior minister with specific tasks, and as such, even the extent of his foreign travels should also be limited, when we already have a full minister in place with full responsibility for the foreign affairs and trade portfolio.
Why is it when the People's National Party is in power, there is always rampant mismanagement and misuse of public funds?