2 years after Caribbean Strong Concert, private groups fail to turn over money

Darwin Telemaque

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has put a number of people ‘on blast’ over the Caribbean Strong Concert dilemma.

While speaking on OBSERVER Radio this week, PM Browne sought to clear the government’s name in the scandal, and further called on the private groups involved to hand over the funds collected.

“It was not a concert put on by the government of Antigua and Barbuda, it was some private citizens who did it; Darwin Telemaque, Cecile Hill and others who
arranged it. I have said to them privately and I am now saying to them publicly that
the monies they have should be paid over.

“They reckon that it is the final audited statement that they are awaiting, but in the meantime at least pay over the funds. I want to make it abundantly clear that it is not a government entity; it’s a private group that came together to have the concert to provide relief.”

The event was held in 2017 to help raise funds for the sister isle of Barbuda and
Dominica after both islands were flattened by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

To date, however, no funds have been handed over to the Barbuda Council, and many members of the public have questioned the government’s role in the matter.

Some have even gone further and accused the Gaston Browne-led administration of pocketing the money.