“He was responsible for everything, the organizing, distribution, vouchers ect. It became so unorganized and hectic, the governor had to step in early on and attend a meeting with Lee and his staff. In this meeting Lee carefully did not make any statements, he deflected all questions to the people under him and washed his hands. He hides under civil servants and lets the civil servants take the blame,” Richardson said.
The MP said the distribution was so chaotic at times, it took Cabinet TEATT to take their own initiative to arrange relief supplies for people in hard to reach areas. “You have to lead. All of this time where was the Minister? In hiding washing his hands of his task,” the MP said.
MP Richardson added that Lee, as a member of the Council of Ministers, let the public buy into a narrative created by his party leader, creating the impression that the other Ministers was against aid or denied aid.
“I want our people to remember that Emil Lee is a Minister. As part of the Council of Ministers he could easily come out and speak the truth. Did the Council of Ministers make any decision turning down aid from Holland? Did the Council of Minister take any decision not to give aid to the people? In both cases the answer is no. But Minister Lee and his party leader would rather people buy into a fake narrative that they created to destabilize government.
“He is a failure. And the fact that the relief distribution effort was problematic, should be laid entirely at his feet,” Richardson concluded.