Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has reminded the Kingstown Town Board that “shoulder can’t go above head”.
The reminder, on Wednesday, came amidst a report by Searchlight newspaper that Warden of the Kingstown Town Board, Clayton Burgin wrote to vendors on Jan. 16, giving them until the following day to address outstanding arrears or quit their occupancy of markets in the city.
Gonsalves, speaking on NBC Radio on Wednesday, said that he was waiting on information on outstanding arrears at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital to determine how they are to be addressed.
“I am waiting also on the numbers from Town Board. I see it reported that somebody from Town Board said that they’re going throw people out if they don’t pay, at the very time that I have said at Independence that we are going to give relief,” the prime minister said.
“Well, wait until the relief is sorted out nuh. Shoulder can’t go above head. I don’t know who said that. I just say that some official there. So, I don’t know. So, I am not — and we have good people at the town board and Clayton is doing a splendid job,” he said.
The prime minister said he did not know the source of the information but Searchlight published a letter purportedly signed by Burgin, a former parliamentary representative for East St. George and former Cabinet minister under Gonsalves’ government.
“But if it requires me at certain times to be a better opposition in government than the opposition is itself, I will be so,” the prime minister said.
“Because rather than the opposition talking a lot of foolishness and ain’t doing their job properly, if you ain’t doing your job properly, how you want mine and your job is a lesser job. You could get promotion because you can’t do your job properly?” Gonsalves further stated.
“And I want to put on notice the public servant. You have security of tenure, I don’t have. I will take responsibility but I am not going to take blame and I am not going to traduce any individual civil servant like how [former chief minister, the late] Ebenezer Joshua used to do it. No. but I will talk about things which are required to be talked about to be corrected,” he said.