Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis needs to “man up” and answer recent allegations of victimization.
Davis raised the issue of Assistant Commissioner of Police Clarence Reckley, the husband of former Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley, being placed on leave when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday. He has previously identified Michelle Reckley as a PLP supporter.
On Wednesday, while refusing to comment on the matter, Minnis challenged Davis to make his accusation about Reckley’s leave in Parliament, according to The Tribune.
Davis told The Nassau Guardian that the prime minister’s response was an act of “cowardice”.
“The question is: Are there some things he wants to say, but can’t say outside the halls of Parliament?” he asked.
“Is there something he’s hiding from, that he wants to say and that requires the protection of the privilege of the [House of Assembly]? He just needs to man up and speak [on] the issue where it’s been raised.”
He added: “It is not sensible for him to challenge me to say what I had to say [in Parliament]. I’ve said what I had to say, and I said it without the guise of privilege of Parliament… I don’t need to repeat that. I’ve leveled the accusations of victimization against him in particular, because the letter of dismissal came directly from his office. It’s up to him whether he responds or not.”
Michelle Reckley was charged in a Nassau court on February 14 with defrauding the government of over $1.2 million through the Small Homes Repair Programme on Grand Bahama.
Davis said the prime minister’s silence on the matter demonstrates that “he’s just not ready”.
“He needs to act,” the opposition leader said.
“He needs to answer the allegations.”
Davis added: “Sadly, we are saddled with a prime minister who just doesn’t appreciate the consequences of his actions and cannot justify or articulate the reasons for why he acts the way he does.”
The Office of the Prime Minister in a statement on Tuesday said three senior police officers – who were later discovered to be Deputy Commissioner Emrick Seymour, Senior Assistant Commissioner Stephen Dean and Clarence Reckley – were “informed to proceed on accumulated vacation leave with the option to start retirement leave at the end of their leave periods”.
On Wednesday, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames denied that the decision to place Clarence Reckley and the two other officers on leave was politically motivated.
“This has nothing to do with politics,” Dames said.
He added: “There is nothing personal here, and for the opposition to even make that assumption is very disingenuous, because they left the service in an absolute mess.”
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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