Group including PM’s son owns building that DCA is occupying on Friar’s Hill Road, PM confirms

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Opposition MP Richard Lewis directed a series of pointed questions at Prime Minister Gaston Browne regarding the ownership and refurbishment of a property on Friar’s Hill Road housing the Development Control Authority (DCA).

Lewis opened his interrogation by asking, “Can The Honorable Prime Minister tell us who owns the property on Friar’s Hill Road that houses the DCA?”

Browne responded, “That property is owned by an investment group, and I will disclose that my son has some interest in it.”

Browne added that the investment group is “providing rental services to DCA” free of cost.

Continuing his line of questioning, Lewis inquired whether the government of Antigua and Barbuda had paid for the refurbishment of the property.

Browne explained, “As usual, whenever property is rented, the lessee makes improvements.”

Seeking more specific details, Lewis pressed, “Can The Honorable Prime Minister tell us how much was expended in refurbishing the property?”

Browne replied, “I do not have those details,” emphasizing that the DCA had been occupying the property for over a year and suggesting that the rent accrued would likely exceed the cost of improvements.

Watch the full exchange below:

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