Following Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ assertion that former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle was not under investigation, Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell called on Minnis to “come clean” on why Rolle left the Cabinet and why he accepted her resignation.
“When the government released its statement on Tuesday, 23 February, confirming the resignation of Lanisha Rolle, the government also confirmed an investigation into the operations at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
“The prime minister is reported in the media today (Friday) confirming that Mrs. Rolle is not being investigated. This revelation by the prime minister begs the question of why the youth minister resigned her ministerial post in the first place.
“If Lanisha Rolle is not under any investigation as the prime minister asserts, then why did the minister resign and why did Prime Minister Minnis accept her resignation from the Cabinet?
“In its statement released on Tuesday, 23 February, the PLP called on the prime minister to provide a full and frank explanation on the reasoning behind and the circumstances surrounding the former minister’s sudden resignation. To date, he has not done so and has not leveled with the Bahamian people on this serious matter.
“The PLP again calls on the prime minister to come clean to the Bahamian people on this serious matter.”
Rolle resigned from Cabinet last Tuesday.
Hours after Rolle’s resignation letter to the governor general surfaced, the Cabinet Office released a statement formally announcing the resignation and added, “Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis has accepted Mrs. Rolle’s resignation. Certain matters have been brought to the attention of the prime minister and are under investigation.”
However, the parameters of the investigation were not specified.
Rolle remains the MP for Seabreeze.
The Nassau Guardian understands that Auditor General Terence Bastian is conducting an investigation into the ministry. His audit was, however, ongoing before Rolle resigned.
On Thursday, when asked whether the former minister was directly connected to an investigation or whether she is being investigated, Minnis told reporters, “No, she is not.”
Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis has been appointed as minister of youth, sports and culture, leaving no women sitting in the Cabinet of The Bahamas.