Minister’s Castro’s woes don’t end in the House today. Thanks to his UDP colleague the (KING PIC) Hon. Mark King, a recording of Castro having a candid conversation, allegedly on corruption involving Castro, has found its way into the hands of the Prime Minister.
The conversation, it is reported, was between Castro, King and a former UDP National Campaign Manager. Unbeknownst to the Jr. Minister, who has found himself in the hot seat as of late, the meeting was recorded by Mark King.
Hon. King then reportedly forwarded the recording to PM Barrow.
Following today’s meeting of the House, Barrow was asked if there’s any truth to this and if so, what do the recordings reveal.
Reporter: “Are you able to say what is in that recording?”
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “I am able to say, but I won’t”.
Reporter: “Did Edmund Castro impedes himself for irregular behavior in government or did he speak against you as Prime Minister or how you have handled him in government”.
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “I would repeat what I just said. I would not tell you what the contents of the recording are. I consider it an internal UDP matter and I will leave it there”.
Reporter: “But do they involve impeachable acts in public life?”
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “I will not share the contents of that recording with you or the media; I will not comment on the contents of that recording. Just notice that I am an honest fellow and I confess to having that recording”.
Reporter: “But in regards to public life and they are impeaching the…”
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “My duty stops there, sir”.
Reporter: “But there is a public that you uphold”.
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “Well, I will tell you this: I will not countenance any breach of public duty”.
This isn’t the first time King has secretly taped a private conversation between members of the UDP. P.M. Barrow was asked if he is concerned that a member of the party has taken on a Sherlock Homes type role among his peers.
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “Why not rest on your laurels now, sir?”
Reporter: “But he had been cautioned before for recording the chairman of the party in another matter when he wasn’t even a candidate; he had recorded the chairman of the party when they didn’t allow him to run; he admitted it and he said that he woudn’t record anymore; I had interviewed him about that”.
Reporter: “Is it a concern to you that there is someone in your midst recording conversations?”
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “But, heh, heh, I don’t understand you. This is not a recording of a Cabinet Meeting”.
Reporter: “But then it is certain that that could happen to record things”.
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “Well, then, if there is evidence, I will deal with that, but what a wonderful fellow I am because I tell you that I have nothing more to say and yet, I hold you to pull more and more out of me!”