Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis charged yesterday that the Minnis administration is “disingenuously” applying a vacation policy to target and sideline certain law enforcement officers.
His comments came weeks after it was announced that Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Tellis Bethel was sent on vacation leave and former Deputy Commander Samuel Evans was sent into retirement.
Evans expressed his disappointment to The Tribune earlier this week, saying he felt he was forced out of the RBDF.
“I’ll never forget what my wife said to me in the yard when I came home,” Evans told The Tribune.
“She said, ‘Boy they treat you like you tief something.’
“So I can’t really forgive them for that. It caused me not to want to have anything to do with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. It left a sour taste in my mouth that I will probably carry to the grave.”
During his monthly press briefing, Davis said, “The PLP publicly sympathizes with the former deputy commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Samuel Evans, who was recently forced out of the job and into retirement for no good or sensible reasons.
“Captain Evans served this country with distinction, with 40 years of unbroken meritorious service.
“We agree with Mr. Evans that the FNM selectively and disingenuously applied this vacation policy to target and sideline certain officers…
“We point out that the public service is not anybody’s personal and political fiefdom. I believe this practice is what the FNM spent most their time in existence demonizing as victimization.”
This is not the first time concern has been raised over the perception that the government is “forcing” officers out. There was uproar earlier this year after some high ranking members of the Royal Bahama Police Force were sent on vacation leave and retirement.