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DNA calls for vote of no confidence

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) stated yesterday that parliamentarians should put forward a vote of no confidence in the current government for a number of issues, including the entering into a lease agreement with a former Cabinet minister.

DNA Leader Arinthia Komolafe raised concerns about the government’s handling of several matters including the Oban deal, the firing of Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) board and the $95 million dollar deal struck with Wartsila for new engines.

“We the people want a vote of no confidence in this government for the ill-advised massive increase in value-added tax which put hardship on Bahamians,” Komolafe said at a press conference outside the Town Centre Mall yesterday. “We the people want a vote of no confidence in this government for the multiple blacklisting of The Bahamas under their watch.”

Komolafe also questioned why the prime minister has remained quiet on the leasing of the Town Centre Mall from former Cabinet Minister Brent Symonette.

“Where is the supposed prime minister of transparency and accountability? Why is he so quiet on this matter? The Bahamian people want an explanation from you. Bahamians are asking, where is the prime minister?” she said.

“Further, why was the discussion relative to pricing and square footage had between Prime Minister Minnis and Mr. Symonette? Why were these discussions not put forward in a request for proposal open to all Bahamians, considered by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and tabled in Cabinet by the minister responsible for transport?”

On Monday, Symonette dismissed concerns surrounding a conversation he said he had with the prime minister about renting the Town Centre Mall, adding that he has nothing more to say about the conversation, while insisting he has been nothing but truthful and transparent about the matter.

Former Attorney General Alfred Sears has suggested that given this new information, there could be legal grounds to declare null and void the government’s resolution to enter into the lease, and to have Symonette vacate his seat in the House of Assembly.

Paige McCartney

Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas.
Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016.
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News
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