The Donville Inniss Connection: Cahill Letter of Intent

Submitted by Heather Cole

From: Stephen Mader

Minister Donville Inniss

Minister Donville Inniss

Sent: May 26, 2014 11:24 PM

To: Donville Inniss

Subject: Waste from Energy

Dear Minister Inniss,

It was a pleasure to meet you this evening at the reception. I had my staff look into the Letter of Intent, and thus far it seems there was no RFP. I will continue to have them look into this matter. As well, at first blush, it seems the Barbados Government is paying far too much for the technology and the plant. This is just based on our (Forth State Energy) own projections. I am having our people look into this and I will report back to you.

I will also send to you a list of officials I spoke to while I was in Barbados.

Again, it was a pleasure to meet you this evening, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Think outside the Landfill.



Stephen J. Mader

President & CEO

Fourth State Energy


We all seemed to have given Donville Inniss a pass regarding any involvement in the Cahill Scam. He was not one of the 5 ministers who signed on the dotted line for the project. However at the Cabinet meeting in 2014, he was part of the unanimously decision that the plant should come into existence. The letter above is clear proof that prior to the stink raised last year in 2015, that Mr. Inniss had intimate knowledge regarding the Plasma Gasification Plant. He was able to take a letter of Intent presumably from Cahill Canada to a reception to discuss it with Mr. Mader.

It is significant to note the subject of Mr. Mader’s letter to Mr. Inniss, ‘Waste from Energy’ and that indeed speaks volumes. A look at the company website for Fourth State Energy shows that it boasts that it “can deliver a world without waste. A world where waste is transformed into energy.” Perhaps he was conveying that it was a nonsensical undertaking about to be undertaken by the Government of Barbados which incorporated growing king grass to burn garbage to produce energy.

This letter raises a few questions. Is it the standard business practice for government officials to conduct the people’s business after hours at receptions? What other business transactions has Mr. Inniss or his colleagues undertaken this way? Are there minutes of this meeting on record? Did he take the letter to Mr. Mader when he realized that he had not done the due diligence that the people of Barbados paid him to do?

I am not aware if this letter of Intent is the same as the MOU that is on BU and it makes me wonder when it was dated as well as whose signature it bore. The letter specifically states that the Letter of Intent was not an RFP. How did Mr. Inniss who in the pass claimed he had no knowledge of the Cahill scam happen to have the letter of Intent which I assume was the initial point of written contact?

It was also noted that Mr. Mader stated that the Government was paying too much for technology and plant. Perhaps this should be brought to the attention of Dennis Lowe who recently stated that the Cahill Gasification Plant will not cost the Government a cent.

I am hoping that diligence by BU will result in the follow up letter to the Minister


120 Comments on “The Donville Inniss Connection: Cahill Letter of Intent”

  1. Well Well & Consequences February 20, 2016 at 11:19 AM #

    “Where is my parliamentary representative Mia Mottley?”

    Just as crooked.


  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 20, 2016 at 12:31 PM #

    If only Mia Mottley was not so stained. Barbados is where it is because of these gluttonous politicians.


  3. David February 20, 2016 at 3:18 PM #

    Let us toss the rhetoric postings of the paling cocks. Let us draw cold conclusions from the hard documents/files leaked to BU. What do we have? Clearly we have a crisis in government and governance. We have a systemic problem defined by senior minsters of government including the Prime Minister who were privy to the Cahill scam.


  4. David February 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM #

    Garbage to SBRC drops


  5. are-we-there-yet February 20, 2016 at 4:48 PM #

    David; re. your post above at 3:18 pm.

    You said “We have a systemic problem defined by senior minsters of government including the Prime Minister who were privy to the Cahill scam. “

    I would like to restate that truism as:

    We have a huge problem that was initially attributable to dishonourable actions of a number of Senior Ministers of Government, including the Prime Minister, who allowed the putrid Cahill scam to come into being and flourish under the radar without one dissenting voice. That problem has now metastasized into a systemic one involving the total political class which has done nothing tangible or even discernible to correct any misfeances involved. Everything appears to now point to the “Cahill Cancer” spreading far beyond the initial points of infection in the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Finance to the whole body politic of Barbados and to become a major signpost in our inexorable descent to Banana Republic status.

    This PM and Cabinet have developed a cynical strategy to avoid the normal behaviours of an honourable Cabinet which is apparently working, possibly with notes being taken by the Opposition for further action when their turn comes.

    The rebranding of Cahill should not be allowed to work in the manner that our Government intends.

    We need to hear the strident voices and see coherent corrective actions by the Opposition. We also need to hear the new Pretenders to the political class speaking out and leading the dissenting voices to disrupt the continuation of the scandal that was Cahill that appears set to morph into another entity while leaving finder’s fees, etc., intact.


  6. Heather February 20, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

    Very interesting observation.

    A pretender is an aspirant or claimant to a throne that either has been abolished, suspended or is occupied by another.[1] It should not be confused with the termimpostor, which instead refers to a person who exercises deception under an assumed name or identity.[2] A pretender may assert a claim and the term is also applied to those persons on whose behalf a claim is advanced, regardless of whether that person himself makes the claim.[3]


  7. are-we-there-yet February 20, 2016 at 6:56 PM #


    Putting on my “Mad Hatter’s” Hat, I merely deem the pretenders above to be those folk or parties who are now seeking to extend the range of the possible holders of the reins of Government here outside of its current proscribed limits of DLP and BLP card holders.

    I think that this is the struggle that will define Barbados’ Economic Social and Political space and our consequent development in the not too distant future.

    In any other country in the region, a donville Inniss would have already unequivocally declared his hand, especially since the Golden Grail of pension eligibility must have already been achieved. In Barbados Brass Bowls reign supreme.


  8. Heather February 20, 2016 at 9:14 PM #

    @ Are-we-there-yet, then the people who you refer to are the imposters. I want the blind to see, the deaf to hear and all those who are feeling the squeeze of this government to understand what is happening around them. They got what they wanted and their pockets are now full. It is time for DEM to go. A house of cards cannot last forever.


  9. are-we-there-yet February 20, 2016 at 10:39 PM #

    Heather; I’ve said before on this blog that FS should be charged for impersonating a PM. If that can be accommodated in the term imposter, then so be it.

    However, I don’t think that the other Ministers are imposters, per se. Most of them would have been adequate Ministers if they were subjected to normal leadership by a strong, hard working, intelligent, sensible and patriotic PM. Unfortunately that leadership was never there for them resulting in the Cahill, Speakergate and the other serious missteps of this administration and an apparent concentration on personal moreso than national goal seeking by them. Poor leadership, imho, is the defining characteristic of this administration and it has been primarily responsible for where we now stand as a Nation.

    It has long been time for DEM to go but is it also time for the BLP to come?

    The BLP has, in their perceived fragmented state, not yet demonstrated to me that they are now ready to take over the mantle of government even though almost any other grouping would do better than the incumbents. MAM impressed initially but her party, seemed to be more concerned with the public fighting of internal battles from early on and was severely damaged by OSA while he shot his Legacy in the foot. When MAM emerges from OSA’s shadow and attacks and concentrates on building a winning combination that absolutely eschews the strategies and mindset of the current administration, they can be the main agents to start the rebuilding process, along with other individuals and perhaps parties that are willing to subsume their personal self interest into doing what’s right for the country, I think Barbados can start moving in the right direction again.


  10. Heather February 21, 2016 at 1:11 AM #

    @ Are-we-there-yet, I agree that the PM is not a leader. However what has been the successes of the Ministers? After 7 years in office some of them still need to buy some clues. Social Care, Housing, Finance, Labour, the environment, education and Agriculture are the ones that come to mind because they have been under the radar. There is probably not much difference on the others.

    The opposition must not just aim to win but employ a strategy to transform the nation. There must be an agent of change. So much so that the era of the present administration will be a shadow of the past.


  11. Redfactor101 February 21, 2016 at 4:11 AM #

    @ Heather et AL

    We keep talking about the minister’s and the PM. Where is the police force and the state procecuters ?????
    Its clear there is wrong doing and laws have been broken!!!!!
    The law enforcement people need to step up and investigate the allegations of wrong doing independent of these miscreants.


  12. Vincent Haynes February 21, 2016 at 8:34 AM #

    David February 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM #

    Governance,the long and short of it…….

    Can you encourage the cricket gurus on this site to post on the future of West Indies cricket,seeing as the Caricom heads wish to dissolve the Board for lack of governance.


  13. David February 21, 2016 at 8:43 AM #


    What legal standing does Caricom have to dissolve the Board besides using suasion.


  14. are-we-there-yet February 21, 2016 at 8:51 AM #


    You are correct but the PM and his ministers can trump the police force and state procedures and there are many examples that show this. The PM and his Ministers are ultimately responsible for the inertia seen in practically every aspect of our current development.

    To steal a quote from Frustrated Business aka Republic my ass, There will be no progress under Freundal’s fools.


  15. Vincent Haynes February 21, 2016 at 9:03 AM #

    David February 21, 2016 at 8:43 AM #

    As far as I know you are correct,which is why I would like to see the topic discussed as to how these great leaders are going to disband it.


  16. Redfactor101 February 21, 2016 at 9:15 AM #

    There are laws on the books that the police are responsible to enforce.
    It would be a good starting point to see to what length these misfits will go !!!
    Is it worth a few John or Jane Q public’s going to police stations and reporting the wrong doings with copies of the BU docs in hand ???


  17. David February 21, 2016 at 9:48 AM #


    We know that they read/follow social media if you follow the braying from the parliament. The expose their dishonesty by cherrypicking the issues to tackle publicly. Butch of JAs.


  18. are-we-there-yet February 21, 2016 at 9:55 AM #

    Redfactor101; re your 9:15 am post.

    Sounds like a good workable idea that should get some results. Now who will bell the cat?

    Who is ultimately in charge of law enforcement here? What is the track record of Law enforcement agencies following up on hard evidence that calls certain actions of authorities or powerful individuals into question? Is a perception wrong that certain highly placed individuals in relevant spheres owe their position primarily to Political machinations and influence? Will such individuals kick against the pricks?


  19. BAFBFP February 21, 2016 at 7:34 PM #

    Caught a Minister under the previous Administration conducting the same type of business at a reception in Trinidad. I was standing behind them and whispered to him that I was from the Press. He quickly changed the topic


  20. Heather February 21, 2016 at 10:10 PM #

    @ Are-we-there-yet, I was told by a lawyer to submit the evidence on BU to Crime Stoppers. Maybe the next campaign on The Barbados Lobby should be for all the members to submit that information to Crime Stoppers.


  21. Deflon February 22, 2016 at 1:13 AM #

    This is the most asinine piece of crap that I have seen for a while on any blog. Clearly BU and Heather Cole have a very long running and personal dislike for Donville Inniss. I follow Heather Cole’s comments on this Minister and wonder what he hell he has ever done to her personally.

    Now to produce an email (which we do not know if it is authentic), which basically says nothing about Cahill and then link the Minister to the matter in this manner is really childish. Nothing in the email gives me any impression that Minister Inniss lied about this matter. Some guy meets up a Minister at a cocktail reception, mentions something a bout Cahill, goes away and does his research and writes to the Minister and we get all excited.

    I find it strange that the gentleman (if he exists) shared the email with Heather Cole and furthermore that she who pretends to be so bright sprews the silliness in this medium and BU runs with it.

    Sometimes I wish that the Government would change tomorrow – let us see all of the solutions that the BLP has for this island.

    I just simply find BU and the likes of Heather Cole to be petty, wicked and vindictive.


  22. Deflon February 22, 2016 at 1:18 AM #

    I am just wary of the lies, innuendos and childishness on these blog sites. a bunch of spineless, faceless people who just rejoice in getting personal with a few politicians, but offer no alternative, Is this what we have really come to as a people?

    I have mainly been a BLP supporter, but this nastiness by Heather Cole et al, pushing a BLP agenda would make me not vote again. It makes me wonder what kind of Government we would have when you vultures take over.

    I hope Mia Mottley distances herself from this BS


  23. Deflon February 22, 2016 at 1:21 AM #

    Just read the Barbados Today online. Inniss says that Barbados should become a Republic by this year. First person to curse him is Heather Cole. She wants to know where the money will come from to pay for a Republic. What a total jackass Heather Cole is? Who says such a move will cost us anything.

    I am no great fan of becoming a Republic, but good Lord let us reason things out instead of just cursing the messenger.

    Heather Cole – please take a deep breath and think before you speak


  24. millertheanunnaki February 22, 2016 at 7:40 AM #

    @ Deflon February 22, 2016 at 1:21 AM
    “She wants to know where the money will come from to pay for a Republic. What a total jackass Heather Cole is? Who says such a move will cost us anything.”

    Deflon, why are you being so myopic?
    If you see becoming a republic is merely a conspiratorial exercise between the members in the HoA to change the Constitution, then you are simplistically correct. How can OSA and his lackeys vote for such a fundamental change to the Constitution without a blatant breach of moral principles which support the position of “No republican status without Referendum”.

    But do you appreciate it would also involve a massive rebranding exercise and extensive change to how the State and its bureaucracy function?
    Do you realize that every thing relating to the monarchy or the Crown will have to be dropped including all the pomp and pageantry put on by the RBPF and Regiment?

    Ask Massy or Flow how much it cost to do their rebranding and then you will be in a better position to criticize what Ms Cole is arguing.


  25. Heather February 22, 2016 at 11:53 AM #

    @Deflon / The Minister of Finance:

    Your emotionalism does not phase me. The facts regarding that email speak for themselves. The actions of Mr. Inniss were deliberate. He did not just meet up with Mr. Mader and mention Cahill as you are trying to convey. He had a letter of Intent in his possession which was shared with Mr. Mader. He mislead the members of the group ‘Bajans Against 700 M Waste to Energy Plant’ regarding his knowledge of information on the Waste to Energy Plant. This email is proof that despite what he wrote in that forum he had information about the plant. You can contact Mr. Mader directly as his contact information is on the email to check on the authenticity of the document.

    For your information I do not pretend to be so bright. You have also joined the faceless peope by not declaring who you are. I hope you get your wish soon that the goverment changes. Below is my post from Barbados Today. It just makes logical statements.

    “Mr Inniss personal opinions should not dictate the system of government for Barbados. Logic dictates that the people should be consulted in the matter of acquiring a Republican status. A Republican system is not in the best interest of our cash strapped island at this time. Why not take the money that has been allocated for this expense and pay tuition for our UWI students?

    Based on the lack of accomplishments, mis management, poor performance and scandals of the Democratic Labour Party, none of you are fit to represent Barbados ever again.”


  26. Redfactor101 February 22, 2016 at 4:26 PM #

    All great posts on the no confidence in either party to govern . but as we debate the merits or lack there of are we allowing the Cahill monster slip in under the cover of darkness???


  27. NorthernObserver February 22, 2016 at 4:43 PM #

    Even the most junior political strategist appreciates the value of deflection. Republic is a great tool. Since my guess is the Cahill folks don’t have the financial backing to pursue any legal avenues, albeit the jurisdiction is not Barbados, I will guess the entire thing will possibly fade away at some point.
    The GOB had been negotiating for some time, for a WTE solution, but since no firm has been able to deliver, the matter is no longer under consideration.


  28. Redfactor101 February 22, 2016 at 4:53 PM #

    Interesting take on the Cahill WTE situation.
    I look at it differently the gob should be pursuing Cahill for misrepresentation .
    I know they would have to stand in line with all the other duped people but they would gain a modicum of credibility here showing people they were themselves duped and misled by this fraudster.


  29. David February 22, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

    Even if Cahill fails, and it has, the country still has the problem to solve i.e. one of waste management.


  30. Artax February 22, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

    @ millertheanunnaki and Heather

    Why waste time responding to Deflon?

    Surely it must be a blatant display of stupidity to call Heather “petty, wicked and vindictive, yet by their own admission they “follow Heather Cole’s comments……”

    But rather than using the pseudonym “Delfon” and joined with “a bunch of spineless, faceless people” to get personal with Heather Cole, he/she should have used their “real name” and rise to the occasion by offering alternatives. Hence, by their actions, they have essentially done what they accused others of doing.

    This Deflon is definitely a character. If he/she is a BLP supporter why would pushing a BLP agenda upset him/her to the extent to call the party they allegedly supports “vultures” and make him/her not vote again?

    The reality of the situation is this Deflon character is a supporter of the DLP, the comments: “but offer no alternative” and “….let us see all of the solutions that the BLP has for this island,” are indicative of this fact. And these are comments often made by Inniss himself (Deflon = Inniss???).

    However, Deflon’s tirade is expected because the DEMS have an allergic reaction to criticism.


  31. Redfactor101 February 22, 2016 at 6:22 PM #

    Don’t you think an official line needs to be drawn under the Cahill fraud before we can move on to a more definitive waste management plan
    While it hangs in the air like the smell from mount stinkaroo any attempt to fix the problem will linger.


  32. NorthernObserver February 22, 2016 at 6:32 PM #

    [assuming there is something enforceable] what if I buy Cahill? and proceed down the path of project advancement? Now I am backed by a huge corporation, implying can deliver, what next? Some slopes are more slippery than others.


  33. NorthernObserver February 22, 2016 at 6:36 PM #

    For the GOB to attempt action against Cahill under the present conditions is a waste of money. Even if they win a case of misrepresentation, you cannot get blood from a stone. Plus it may expose that it was always a stone. Always best in potential risk exposure to keep mouths yet unopened closed.


  34. Redfactor101 February 22, 2016 at 6:53 PM #

    Regardless of who purchases the stone
    The clock never stopped ticking officially. assuming infrastar is the new owner the waste analysis report triggers the timeline of 59months ?????? To completion???
    We can’t wait that long for a viable solution.having already lost 2 years in wheel spinning with smoke and mirrors


  35. millertheanunnaki February 22, 2016 at 7:01 PM #

    @ Artax February 22, 2016 at 5:08 PM
    “Why waste time responding to Deflon?
    Surely it must be a blatant display of stupidity to call Heather “petty, wicked and vindictive, yet by their own admission they “follow Heather Cole’s comments……”

    Just give us one last go at kicking the real Teflon DLP yard-fowl up the butt for fun.

    I am in most doubt that either Deflon or the P M himself is aware that the much regaled title of QC and that much distinguished “The Right Honourable” will have to be dropped the next day Barbados becomes a republic. For the Rt. Hon. FJS will no longer be a member of Her or HIS Majesty’s Privy Council.

    That Muttley medal collecting PM will no longer be King Fumble from the House of Stuart in his fiefdom called Little England.
    But then again a monkey is just an innocent ape pretending to be a primate inter pares.


  36. NorthernObserver February 22, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

    My feelings remain the same. Ignore Cahill, and press on with matters to occupy the media and the people. Find an accounting loophole which can transform the public accounts to appear better than they otherwise might be, and press forward with the next election platform, knowing your current opposition appears in disarray.
    They have large numbers which will vote B or D regardless of the outcome of any matter. That is ingrained in them like DNA. You only become interested in swaying those who are swayable, for they will decide the outcome.


  37. Bush Tea February 22, 2016 at 7:22 PM #

    LOL @ Artax
    Boss, when you read those submissions by Deflon … do you really need to see a name attached?
    Surely it is a tactical error to so openly show the extent to which Heather’s writings are getting under Inniss’ skin…
    If Bushies’ reading of Heather is right, then this will only increase the torment…. 🙂


  38. Analyzer February 22, 2016 at 7:37 PM #

    @Deflon February 22, 2016 at 1:18

    The alternative is RECYCLING !!!!!! Helloooooo, ever thought of trying that on a large scale? HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOO?????????!!!!!!!!!!! Lord save us from these thieves!


  39. Bush Tea February 22, 2016 at 7:50 PM #

    There are no kickbacks of any note in recycling….
    Just good sense…. and as you know, the DLP got rid of all cents in Barbados…..


  40. Artax February 22, 2016 at 9:27 PM #

    Bush Tea February 22, 2016 at 7:50 PM #

    “There are no kickbacks of any note in recycling…. Just good sense…. and as you know, the DLP got rid of all cents in Barbados…..”

    Hahahahahahaha….. even “common sense,” Bushie?


  41. Analyzer February 22, 2016 at 9:40 PM #

    Well the world must be laughing at us for putting up with all this crap! We need someone’s help to Save Our Souls!


  42. Analyzer February 22, 2016 at 9:52 PM #


    I’m glad for you that you can laugh hahahahahahaha. You must not live here or something. Barbados is in a seriously detrimental environment and it is not a joke.


  43. Prodigal Son February 22, 2016 at 10:05 PM #

    @ millertheanunnaki February 22, 2016 at 7:01 PM #

    “But then again a monkey is just an innocent ape pretending to be a primate inter pares”………………………


    Did you hear Donville Innis at his branch meeting yesterday? He said the PM should be vetted like anyone else. Is Donville ready to make a move? Did he see a copy of the poll before it was made public?

    I am waiting for them to implode.


  44. Redfactor101 February 23, 2016 at 7:04 AM #

    Can we afford to wait for them to implode in 2 years????
    As said before
    The mountains of garbage are mounting and soon we will be overrun with 4 legged rats not the 2 legged ones in suits.


  45. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 23, 2016 at 9:47 AM #

    Donville Inniss is the most ignominious shite that thinks his camouflage cannot be seen. I mean these mouthings about republic, the PM having too much power, the senate being a wash basin for the party in power, will do nothing to get him the respect he is seeking so hard from bajans. If you want respect Inniss, you have to tell the truth. However, I think that would be a difficult undertaking for you because you and your administration are just a bunch of tell tale liars. You would do better to shut your ass up and keep silently disrespectful like 3- PM.


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