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Zoinks!Cuba Light Bulb Scandal. June 8, 2009

Posted by Dr. Z Bulbs in Uncategorized.
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Gadzooks its a light bulb scandal. Light bulbs have done a lot of things but have they ever brought down a country? This could be a first. Check out this article from the Jamaican Observer!

Dr. Z

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HOW MANY COMMUNISTS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB? None! In the New Dawn of the Socialist Revolution, there will be no need for artificial light, comrade! (and if you keep up with these capitalist running dog demands for light bulbs, you'll be sent for some "re-education")

HOW MANY COMMUNISTS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB? None! In the New Dawn of the Socialist Revolution, there will be no need for artificial light, comrade! (and if you keep up with these capitalist running dog demands for light bulbs, you'll be sent for some "re-education")

Light bulb scandal disturbed Cuba

JLP Government wants programme to continue, says envoy

By HG HELPS Editor-at-Large Investigative Coverage Unit icu@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, June 07, 2009

IN its first public comment on the so-called Cuban Light Bulb saga, the Cuban Government has expressed disappointment with the turn of events that have characterised the scandalised programme.

Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Gisela Garcia Rivera told the Sunday Observer in an interview that the issue surrounding the light bulb affair had left her and the Cuban government troubled.

“I am disturbed about what happened, because it was an important project for the benefit of the Jamaican people,” Garcia Rivera said. “In the end when you speak with the Jamaican people about the project, the only thing they remember is the scandal. It is disturbing and very disappointing.”

The Cuban diplomat said the objective of the project was to benefit the Jamaican people and her country deemed it “a very serious project”.

Cuba maintained a stony silence as the controversy swirled last year over allegations of impropriety on the part of individuals close to the project, under which Jamaica received four million light bulbs in the first phase of a project to distribute bulbs mainly to households across the island.

Among those implicated was Kern Spencer, the former People’s National Party state minister in the then Ministry of Mining, Energy and Telecommunications and Member of Parliament for North East St Elizabeth, who had direct responsibility for the programme.

Spencer was arrested in February 2008 and charged with six counts ranging from money laundering, conspiracy to defraud and breaching the Anti-Corruption Act. His former personal assistant, Coleen Wright is facing six related counts. A third person, businessman Rodney Chin was also charged, but the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropped the charges and announced that Chin would turn crown witness.

The trial of Spencer and Wright is due to begin on June 22 and last for two weeks, even as Spencer attempts to seek the intervention of the Constitutional Court in his quest to get full disclosure of all forms of communication and contact between the DPP’s office and Chin and his lawyer.

Asked in the interview for her comments on the light bulb saga, Garcia Rivera said that Jamaicans had already saved millions of dollars on electricity bills arising from the installation of the bulbs, adding that Cuba’s lesson in energy conservation had paid off for the Socialist state.

“In Cuba in the energy field, we would often replace appliances, do things like change bulbs and we saw the effect of that on our economy. In this global environment we are living in and the energy challenges that we faced, we decided to co-operate with Jamaica for the country to save money and we worked hard on that project,” the ambassador added.

The Cuban government in the meantime is awaiting the go-ahead from the Jamaican Government to resume distribution of the light bulbs.

“It has been suspended now, but the Government has told us that it wants the programme to continue. Part of Cuba’s philosophy is to share the little that we have,” Garcia Rivera said.

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