Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace in an Interview with WINNFM St Kitts, says that records held at the recently burnt section of the Public Works Compound in Arnos Vale may have been required as evidence in an upcoming court case brought by the opposition alleging election fraud.
Eustace says the documents destroyed by the fire were records of local residents who had received donations of the materials stored at the warehouse prior to last month’s general election.”What we want to know is why that particular area was burnt. Who has anything to lose? Where were the documents associated with all those goods that were given away, were those documents stored there? And who would benefit if they were destroyed?” he queried.
Eustace is rejecting suggestions that his New Democratic Party may have been involved in the Thursday fire that destroyed a government Public Works facility and building material stored there. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves at a news conference Thursday, appeared to be linking opposition protests over the results of the December 9 general election to the fire.
Opposition Leader Eustace alleges that some of the material stored at the compound had been used by the government in the recent election campaign to bribe voters. “In that compound they normally stored things like lumber and galvanize and steel belonging to government, and would have been one of the main areas where the lumber and galvanize that they gave out during the elections, some 13 to 14 million dollars would have been stored in that area,” Eustace told WINN FM.
He contends that the facility was “associated with politics in that sense because you would see trucks lined up there early in the mornings before the elections just taking materials to various people in the countryside who support the government”.
According to the opposition leader this was government property being used for purely political purposes. He says the ruling party has greater reason to have wanted the Public Works building razed to the ground.
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