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PLPs not ‘above the law’

Alluding to the opposition’s uproar surrounding the arrest and subsequent arraignment of former Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said that members of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) believe they are above the law.

Minnis made the comment as he addressed Free National Movement (FNM) supporters on Friday during a special all-island event at the party’s Grand Bahama headquarters.

“Grand Bahama, we are at the beginning of wonderful new things for this island,” Minnis said.

“The PLP promised you plenty things, but they let you down, over and over and over again.

“They would have failed you again this time.

“Remember those PLPs who thought they were large and in charge, all over Grand Bahama? You remember them?

“There’s a court case going on in connection with Grand Bahama, so I can’t comment on certain things.

“But I can tell you this. Those who used to be in charge and thought they were in charge, are in charge no more.

“Of course, the PLPs still believe they are above the law. The only rule they like is to rule you and your family.”

The prime minister also castigated PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis and the entire party over their pronouncements regarding the Minnis administration’s alleged abuse of power.

Minnis’ comments were in response to a statement Davis made last week as he addressed a crowd of PLP supporters during a joint party branch meeting.

Davis told PLPs he does not support corruption in any form, as he alluded to Reckley’s arrest and the arrests of other prominent members of the PLP.

However, Minnis said Davis’ comment was a “laugh-out-loud” moment.

The prime minister called the PLP the “very definition of corruption”.

There has been heated debate between the government and opposition as a result of the latest charges against a high-profile PLP.

Reckley, 50, was charged in a Nassau court two weeks ago with allegedly defrauding the government of over $1.2 million through the Small Homes Repair Programme on Grand Bahama.

The prosecution comes on the heels of the recently concluded corruption trial of former PLP Senator Frank Smith. Smith was acquitted.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt criticized the conduct of Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands and National Security Minister Marvin Dames.

The government has appealed the decision.

The PLP has called for Dames and Sands to resign.

The opposition has also boycotted Parliament the past two weeks amid those calls.

PLP MPs have said the boycott will continue until the government gets the point. 

When asked about calls for the ministers’ resignations last week, Minnis said he would address the matter at the Friday meeting. However, he made no mention of the two ministers during his address.

The Minnis administration was elected on an anti-corruption platform.

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications
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