Jamaica Gleaner / Mandeville, Manchester:
Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown has come out with guns blazing for Finance Minister Audley Shaw and his state minister, Fayval Williams, who he says together have racked up a one-year phone bill of almost $10 million.
“Because of the excitement, nobody is talking about the minister of state in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, because her bill is approximately
$1 million. Between Audley Shaw and Fayval Williams, that is almost $10 million,” he declared at a People’s National Party (PNP) constituency conference in Central Manchester on Sunday evening.
Brown added that during his time as a government minister, his phone bill was nowhere near that figure, yet he was criticised harshly.
“I was on Government business doing government work. And them string me up. I tell you, I am amazed! I am dumbfounded that in one month is $1.5 million Audley Shaw spend and in another month $4.5 million, and in one year, he spent $8.5 million dollars,” he stated.
Brown further mentioned that his travels to distant countries were far more extensive than that that of the finance minister.
“It is worse because then I was the state minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade. One month, I was in Paraguay, then in Turkey, then in UK, and the furthest I know that Audley Shaw goes is to Washington (United States),” he uttered.
The former state minister says the idea of roaming would not apply to Shaw, as travels to the US, Canada, and United Kingdom offer the same local rates.
“You can roam as if you are home, so the same price him pay here is the same price he would pay there. So him have a little more explaining to do. But I say to you when you digging hole, dig two,” Brown charged.
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