In a recent interview on Pointe FM, Prime Minister Gaston Browne issued a stern rebuke against what he termed “low-level politics” aimed at sowing discord within Antigua and Barbuda.
The Prime Minister’s comments came in response to what he described as efforts to provoke strife by certain entities, both domestic and international.During the interview, Browne expressed frustration over what he perceives as attempts to undermine his administration.
He referenced communications allegedly made to various foreign offices, including the Bridgetown office, the State Department, and the Antiguan Embassy, as well as interactions with Ukrainian officials by the Observer Newsco.
Browne accused unnamed individuals of trying to manipulate these contacts to stir up trouble.
“These people need to stop it,” Browne asserted. “They’re hungry and trying to feed their hunger by creating mischief within our country.”
While Browne acknowledged that his statements might invite criticism, he emphasized that they were not intended to provoke animosity toward any particular country or individual.However, he condemned what he sees as deliberate efforts to misinterpret his words and exploit them for political gain.
Addressing a specific incident involving a journalist, Browne called out Darren Matthew Ward for allegedly misrepresenting his remarks.
He urged journalists to accurately report his statements and cautioned against sensationalizing stories.
“In the future, quote me directly. Stop putting your own words and paraphrasing using things that I did not say,” Browne admonished. He also encouraged the public to seek information directly from the source rather than relying on what he characterized as unreliable media outlets.
Browne was making reference to comments he made about Ukraine last week.