Friday 6 December, 2019

PM: Church service, rally to mark first year in office

Prime Minister and Political Leader of the Barbados Labour Party, Mia Mottley

Prime Minister and Political Leader of the Barbados Labour Party, Mia Mottley

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has said in the coming week, Barbadians will be given an update on her government’s performance in its first year in office.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon during a post-Cabinet press conference at Government Headquarters on Bay Street, she harkened back to the fact that next week will represent one year in government for her administration, while next Friday will be one year from the election and the day after, Saturday, will be one year both she and Attorney General Marshall would have been sworn into office.

“As a government, we understand that without thanks to God we are nothing, and therefore, this morning my staff was given permission to circulate that we will be attending [the] James Street Methodist Church on Sunday morning at 9 a.m., for a thanksgiving service as a party and as a government . . . taking off now my Prime Minister’s hat and putting on my political leader of the Barbados Labour Party hat . . . we will attend to give thanks on Sunday morning. 

"Some may ask why we are doing it this Sunday as opposed to the next Sunday.  That is because this Sunday we give thanks and praise as one party and next Sunday all MPs will be giving thanks and praise in their constituencies . . . so that they will be able to celebrate with their constituents.  Obviously, James Street Church has a limited amount of space and therefore, we believe that it is necessary to give thanks, both together as a family [and] in our constituencies with our other family and to that extent, the following Sunday will have the individual MPs attending services,” the prime minister noted. 

Another highlight to mark Mottley’s year in office will be a public meeting and rally on Saturday, May 25, in Carlisle Carpark, the City at 6 p.m.

“There will be a number of speakers interspersed with some entertainment but it is more about reporting to people and looking forward.  That is what we want to do on the 25th of May, and early the following week, I will then have an engagement with the country where, as Prime Minister, I will report progress and speak to the way forward and going forward again.

“It is modest . . . not a lot of hurrah hurrah, but it is by the same token reflective of the need, first and foremost, to give thanks, to take stock and set guard again as we move forward.  And, in all things I have said that we must stay the course and you can only stay the course if you give thank, reflect in how far you have come and set guard for the future journey,” Mottley told journalists.


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