BPM seeks U.N. secretary general’s intervention

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and Prime Minister Gaston Browne

The Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM), said it has petitioned António Guterres, United Nations secretary general, to address several issues affecting Barbudans following the passage of Hurricane Irma.

Mackenzie Frank, executive member of the party, told OBSERVER media yesterday, that a detailed letter was given to Guterres during his visit to Barbuda last weekend. Frank said that the letter outlined their dissatisfaction with the government’s “mismanagement of the disaster” which occurred last month.

“We want the secretary- general to assist us in dealing with the issues, because in Dominica we heard, they are already opening schools and they were hit harder than us,” said Frank.

The BPM executive member said that a letter was previously submitted to Prime Minister Gaston Browne with recommendations on the way forward for Barbuda, but they have not received any response. Hence, the Movement’s decision to take the matter further. 

“We need a concrete plan from the government as to how the whole process of returning Barbudans is being handled, what transportations will be made available for the organised return, the monitoring of all the donations received from the international community so that there is full accountability. These are some of the points that were highlighted in the letter,” he said.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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