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PLP calls for public demonstrations over blackouts

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday said he is “embarrassed” by repeated power outages across New Providence and called for public demonstrations to hold the government accountable on the matter.

“The government must as early as tomorrow in the Senate make a public statement about why they cannot keep the power on,” he said.

He added, “The FNM has failed us. It is time for demonstrations to bring this government into account. They must answer for their falsehoods and say what is happening.”

“It was embarrassing today in a church service with the minister responsible for electricity present and the church was plunged into darkness.”

Over the past five days, many Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) consumers on the island have experienced repeated power outages, some lasting hours at time, and occurring back-to-back in some areas.

Many residents have expressed outrage over the lack of communication and planning by the power company. Mitchell expressed the same concern.

“The problem is lack of information. The managers and the government [misled] the public about there being no load shedding this summer,” he said.

He added, “Way back in 1995, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady speaking to the chamber of commerce said you cannot develop a country without a reliable power platform.

He added, “We expect the leader of the government to address this matter as a matter of urgent public importance. Fix this problem.”


Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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