Chipman: FNM taking Dorian aftermath lightly

Centreville MP Reece Chipman said yesterday that it is “inappropriate” for the Minnis administration to start campaigning for re-election so soon after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the northern Bahamas, claiming that the government is taking the effects of Dorian “lightly”.

“The idea of whether something is appropriate or not comes down to politicization and whether we are politicizing an atmosphere that right now just needs all hands on deck in terms of trying to ensure that the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama are not only safe but are rebuilding,” Chipman told The Nassau Guardian.

“And so, yes, I’m still not sure what that was because as I watched on and looked on I learned nothing. I did not gather anything from what was happening in the inner city and whether things were being developed or done for the Bahamian people.

“So, inappropriate? Yes, if I were to answer your question directly, because at this time — like I would’ve said before — the politics of a people is getting the best of them.”

Last month, during what was promoted as a town hall meeting, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis launched his re-election bid.

During the event, which was paid for by the Free National Movement (FNM), Minnis touted his record in office, lashed out critics and declared that the victory train is officially on a roll.

“FNMs, will you join the victory train?” he asked at the time.

“Will you board the victory train? The victory train will not stop until 2022 when we disembark to be sworn in at Government House.”

Yesterday, Chipman said, “There’s a time for that and I think the politics is a bit too soon, a lot too soon.”

Minnis launched his re-election campaign launch less than five months after Dorian battered Abaco and Grand Bahama.

The Category 5 storm — the strongest on record to hit The Bahamas – caused roughly $3.4 billion in damage and additional costs.

Dorian impacted nearly 30,000 people and killed at least 71.

Dozens of people are still missing nearly six months after the storm, according to police.

For this reason, Chipman, who recently resigned from the FNM, said, “The issue of Dorian, yes, it’s being taken lightly.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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