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Mitchell: Minnis should hang his head in shame

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell last night slammed former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for lashing out at the Davis administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic one month into its term.

“The cases we are seeing today are a result of infections which took place when Minnis was prime minister,” Mitchell told The Nassau Guardian.

“He should shut up and hang his head in shame. The government is aware of the infections and is working with a system left in shambles by the former prime minister. He really has a nerve.”

In a statement released last night, Mitchell added that Minnis has suddenly found his voice after once shunning the media and treating the concerns of Bahamians with utter contempt and disdain.

“It is, however, laughable that Dr. Minnis who, with his failed COVID-19 and totalitarian policies, called a snap election in the middle of the worst wave of this pandemic, now cares about the increasing number of COVID cases and deaths,” he said.

“Has he forgotten his drive-thru superspreader rallies and the debacle he created at the advanced polls? Is this not the same man who violated his COVID rules in holding closed gatherings exceeding the designated number of persons and punishing Bahamians while strangling the life out of our economy?”

Mitchell added, “The Bahamian people voted against the Minnis administration because they were not fit to lead our nation’s future. Dr. Minnis should accept this gracefully and reflect on the four years of disastrous governance he led. 

“We accept, however, that his commentary is nothing more than a desperate attempt to hold on to power at the next FNM convention. It has little to do with his concern for the Bahamian people; we know this because in governance, he has shown us otherwise.”

The Bahamas has reported 21,978 cases since March 2020.

In the last two weeks, the Ministry of Health and Wellness confirmed 689 COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas.

Of that figure, 133 were confirmed on the Family Islands, excluding Grand Bahama. 

In a statement yesterday, Minnis accused the Davis administration of leading “a disastrous, incompetent and chaotic” response to the pandemic. 

“There are reports of rising case numbers and deaths on a number of Family Islands, which have limited capacity to deal with severe cases,” he said.

“Because of limited oxygen supplies, no ventilators and no intensive care units on our islands, except New Providence and Grand Bahama, it is critical to stop the spread of the virus as quickly as possible on the Family Islands.”

Mitchell acknowledged that there are serious health issues in the country.

He said it is “simply irresponsible for him to try to confuse the issue with this nonsense”.

In his statement last night, Mitchell also said, “Our country would be better served if Dr. Minnis allows the new government to work on behalf of our people and support our efforts to vaccinate our citizens, protect our most vulnerable against COVID, end the emergency phase of this pandemic, deliver free testing for Bahamians, and reopen our economy.”

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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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