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OPM says no word yet on probe into possible ministerial conflict in prison leadership change

An investigation into whether or not there was a conflict in Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe’s decision to change the leadership at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) has not yet been concluded, director of communications in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Latrae Rahming, said yesterday. 

“I think the investigation is still ongoing,” Rahming said at an OPM press briefing. 

“There has not been a conclusion that has reached the Office of the Prime Minister insofar as any findings. I think the minister of national security removed himself from that investigation process to determine whether or not there was anything that might have arisen.

“But, insofar as a report, nothing has come to the Office of the Prime Minister as yet.

“It is the instructions of the prime minister to ensure that a probe does go to the matter to determine what were the steps that led to the decision and whether or not it was justified.”

Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said in October that he would ensure that there is transparency and “no conflict” following Munroe’s decision to send former Commissioner of Correctional Services Charles Murphy on administrative leave.

Munroe’s firm, in which he is now inactive, represents Bernadette Thompson-Murray and Doan Cleare, who filed a lawsuit against the government in 2019.

Cleare and Thompson-Murray claimed they were forced to take vacation to facilitate the appointment of Murphy as commissioner, a position they alleged he was unqualified for.

Less than two weeks after Munroe’s appointment as minister, Murphy was ordered to go on administrative leave and his firm’s clients, Cleare and Thompson-Murray, were ordered to return to the prison from the Ministry of National Security, with Cleare appointed to act as commissioner of correctional services.

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Rachel Scott

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

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