CONCACAF’s Integrity Committee Finds Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer Guilty – David Estwick Take Note re:Barbados Water Authority

The Nation and Advocate both carried almost identical articles about The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s (CONCACAF’s) investigation into allegations about Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer. While the article covered the main allegations and findings it is only when you read the full report of CONCACAF’s Integrity Committee, that you appreciate the exploitation carried out by both men during the years when they were President and General Secretary respectively.

CONCACAF is to be congratulated on setting up the Committee and giving it the remit to carry out the investigation and the resources to execute its task. More congratulations are in order for allowing public access to the report – and note, within a day or so of when it was presented to the organisation’s Congress.

The allegations investigated were wide ranging but included a whole raft of issues ranging from the ownership of CONCACAF’s Centre of Excellence in Trinidad, through misappropriation of funds, to breach of duty to CONCACAF. The Committee which included Sir David Simmons, the former Chief Justice of Barbados, found that both men committed fraud, misappropriated funds, breached their fiduciary duties, violated the organisation’s statutes and violated the FIFA ethics code. In addition, Blazer violated US Federal tax laws.

BU recommends that you should read the report, even if just the Executive Summary – see full report: Note also a big part played by Barbados’ Lisle Austin is outlined in the report. You can use the ‘find’ feature t search for Lisle Austin’s name.

There is, of course, a wider message here. CONCACAF identified serious financial allegations, investigated them in the proper way and published the result publically. The result – a short period of scandal but longer-term confidence in the proper management of the organisation.

Contrast this with the Barbados Government’s treatment of allegations such as the financial irregularities on the Barbados Water Authority’s new headquarters. The Blogs have covered the allegations. Even the Nation was brave enough to publish something about the Minister’s speech in Parliament:

“In response to a number of queries from Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and MP for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds, Estwick reiterated that consulting company Deloitte had found no substantial issues in the project to construct the Barbados Water Authority’s new $70 million headquarters. “…And that’s all I have to say about that. You can talk now to the cows come home,” Estwick told Symmonds before retaking his seat.”

The people of this country pay Mr Estwick’s salary. There are allegations of financial irregularities on this contract and they have a right to understand what is going on. Please follow CONCACAF’s lead and publish both Deloitte’s terms of reference and their report. Please also confirm that the contract price for the building is still under discussion but will be way in excess of BDS$70 million.

  • Axis Jim Browne

    There is a need for COI’s for:
    a) Dodds Prison
    b) Judicial Centre
    c) New Coast Guard Base
    d) NHC Building in Warrens
    As I understand it the suggested terms of reference for the COI for one maybe two of these projects.

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  • @Axis

    The DLP is going six years in office so what is your point?

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  • Ronald Jones must be shaking in his boots with the resignation of the now not powerful Jack Warner!

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  • I should take a trip to Barbados just to see Jones’ face.

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  • David,
    If “Axis” wants COI’s into every major project done by the BLP, maybe he should also ask for COI’s on the numerous scandalous things of which we have been talking ourselves blue in the face here on BU for the last six years.

    Like:
    The Coverley project…….that’s major
    The Highway project…………that’s been going on now for 6 years
    The contract for the sugar terminal …unusual $20 million contract
    The contract for the marina over which they are being sued
    The contract for the building of the BWA headquarters
    The supplies contracts for the hospital under Donville Inniss
    In fact separate COI’s are needed for Dennis Lowe and Michael Lashley
    ……..they are laws unto themselves.

    And these are the ones come to mind right now.

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  • There goes the diplomatic status.

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  • Axis Jim Browne

    @David
    I was just making the point that it seems the slow wheels have started to move now that terms of reference for one or two COI have been drafted and awaiting Cabinet’s approval.

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  • That it would take five years plus…

    Hope the government looks at giving the Auditor General some teeth.

    The Opposition should get in on the act and breathe life into the PAC.

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  • Bajan politicians really need to take note on the high price ultimately paid for corruption.
    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Rowley-its-damage-control-204026771.html

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  • That is what happens when you think you are untouchable, immovable and continue to deceive the public who pay your salary.

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  • “I was just making the point that it seems the slow wheels have started to move now that terms of reference for one or two COI have been drafted and awaiting Cabinet’s approval”.
    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””
    As if wunnah got money to pay for another COI. Stupseeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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  • Unique Adventure

    @PS
    Fear not my friend, money will not not hamper the pursuit of justice. If it were up to me I’d start with Dodds and NHC building in Warrens.

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  • Didn’t Richard Sealy Engineering Company provide services to the Warrens Building? Did he tender?

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  • david

    can you solicit a copy of the claim filed last week by George Payne MP against Edmund Hinkson MP?

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  • It appears that the only people who got money to sue each other are the lawyers/politicians.

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  • Wunna could talk til the cows come home. Dems Now, Dems Again.

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  • Some of the comments from Trinidad where the taxpayers acknowledges the corruption of ministers and have the morals to speak out against it.

    tide55 98p · 6 hours ago
    I am glad he resigned. The PNM is corrupt, the UNC was corrupt and the PP is corrupt. The only difference I see is that the public is shouting out more loudly now and the corrupt politicians are forced to resign or be fired more often than before. Whereas in the past, the UNC or PNM did not throw their people “under the bus” as the PP! Is this progress? I don’t know, but it is a good start. They should ALL be fired and imprisoned whenever they are caught in corrupt practices.
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    deezpeople 94p · 5 hours ago
    I have one simple question for Jack Warner….. “Was it worth it?”

    I don’t see the need for too much quarrel.

    Jack Warner dirty his hands and should not be at the cabinet or parliament of this country.

    This goes for anyone.

    We must set standards for our nation and for our youth.

    Bandits in nice clothing is what they are

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  • Has anyone spare a min. to think about if Jack starts talking to save his ass or what is left of it? given the football link, i think alot of ppl around the region shitting bricks.

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  • Chisel Chisel Chisel

    From the first time Hinkson open his mouth I know the fella was a joker, so I aint surprise that Payne drop a law suit in he. Hinkson gotta learn the ropes of the game before starting his political career by swinging vicously at fellow BLP members. Even though Payne is a short stumpy man with little or no personally and a man that Owen fired from his Cabinet unceromoniously that don’t give Hinkson the right to call the man by all kinda of nasty names.

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  • so if we are going to talk corruption in Barbados let;s uncovered the shitty mess no matter how far back it goes >as for the court ruling had nothing to do with the corruption surrounding the contract.

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  • I would love Jack to start talking and naming all kinds of names, it will make things more interesting…………….he may have to anyway, with FBI lurking.

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  • AC……that’s the idea, let it all hang out don’t care how long ago it was and who is/was/were involved.

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  • Short men in Parliament:Arthur,Payne,Hinkson,Clarke,Kellman,S Lashley,Jones,Lowe.All try to make up for their shortcoming by talking long,loud and with a few exceptions overly boring,uneducated nothingness.

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  • @ gabriel tackle……..
    Short………..men ………. talking loud ………………LOL wuhloss!

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  • @David (not BU) |April 22, 2013 at 4:58 PM ..”if Jack starts talking to save his ass … a lot of ppl around the region shitting bricks.”

    I’d rather the football playing politicians shit bricks that to have them shit in the taxpayers mouths while making the taxpayers say “yum!!!, yum!!! chocolate.”

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • We know it ain’t chocolate fellas

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