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Bernard Wagner writing checks to himself Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

He’s not in the council as the head for a month and already Bernard Wagner is doing what many consider to be scandalous. On Friday April 6th, Mayor Wagner did an extensive interview with Jules Vasquez in which he admitted to supporting the age old system of patronage established by the PUP. He admitted to being frustrated by the Wednesday clinics he’s re-established at the council and called those who come for help barbarians. Here is the transcript of the conversation:

Bernard Wagner

“You will have the occasional individuals who want a little assistance. That is what a council is for.”

Jules Vasquez

“On those Wednesdays I have received reports that you have to make out a cheque to yourself to give people assistance. It’s irregular.”

Bernard Wagner

“It’s irregular, but it’s for the people and we are all about the people.

Jules Vasquez

“But at the same time you will recall that a previous mayor, mayor Fonseca had been in trouble with social assistance. It is an irregular transaction especially now because you are acting as the accounting officer or I don’t know there is no accounting officer and you are signing the cheques and making than out to yourself, so that you can distribute as social assistance.”

Bernard Wagner

“Yes, but I have all accounting for that. Right on my computer, get the names, phone numbers, what is their request and if I assist with X amount, it’s there in the computer. When I finish at the end of the day, print out the report, sign it off - this is the funds that I gave.”

Jules Vasquez

“But you are accounting to yourself.”

Bernard Wagner

“No, I’m not the accountant.”

Jules Vasquez

“You are saying I have Jules Vasquez $50, maybe I get $25 and you get $25. I’m not saying that you would do such a thing mayor, but these things happen.”

Bernard Wagner

“Yes, of course, but one thing I have Jules is my own conscience and if you see right here on my desk [Holy Bible], this is what guide me every day and this is what I will lead my city with - always with this.”

Bernard Wagner

“Out of control. I come in the office approximately 9am in the mornings and most of the time I am leaving between 8pm-9pm every day. I have no time to even have my lunch some days. At the same time we have all these challenges with our party Faithfull. The barbarians are at the gate and they are hungry. Our party has not won for 12-15 years right and so some of my people are impatient”.

A few things are worth mentioning, the first is that he has reanimated official mendicancy in the city. After he has so done, he complains and calls those who come to his office barbarians. Thirdly he has admitted to be ‘irregularly’ appropriating the council’s money, which by the way is not there to be used to be giving hand-outs to anyone.

It is also interesting the way in which he seems to be keeping an account of the money which he takes illegally; keeping it in the computer and printing a report. This man’s behavior so early in his tenure does highlight why PUP should never be elected to office. They know nothing of administration and are sure to end up spending the people’s money in all the wrong places.

While Wagner gives out handouts to the ‘barbarians,’ all the work that was ongoing in the old capital has come to a complete stop. Hopefully he somehow gets back some sense and realize that the money that is generated at the council is to be used for the upkeep of the city.