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PLP: OPM response election rhetoric

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday advised Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis that this is “no time for election rhetoric” as The Bahamas battles the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mitchell’s statement was in response to a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) which accused PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis of “attacking” the government “for his narrow self-interest” amid the health crisis.

“You should hang your head in shame to be attacking our leader,” the chairman said in a statement.

“This is no time for election rhetoric. These are serious times. Election day will come sooner rather than later and with God’s help, you will meet the fate and destiny you deserve and then depart and leave us alone in peace.”

Mitchell described the OPM’s statement as “an unseemly political attack” on the leader of the opposition.

“All people of goodwill reject it as utter nonsense,” he said.

“It was an exercise in deflection from the real issues that face this country.”

He added, “When will the prime minister understand that the leader of the opposition is not the issue here? The prime minister’s blunders are the issue. Remember, prime minister, you said yourself that you don’t listen to Brave. So, why then do you keep calling his name?”

There are more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

There were 104 cases reported during the first wave, which started in March and ended in June.

Well over 900 cases have been recorded since July 1 when The Bahamas reopened its borders.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillan has said more than 4,200 Bahamians traveled internationally, including to COVID hotspots, last month.

Yesterday, Mitchell asked the prime minister, “When will you confess that it was your decision to open the borders of this country without proper protocols that has us in this COVID mess now? Will you at least admit that wrongdoing?”

He continued, “When will you see the long lines at the food stores and the pharmacies, hear the cries of the faithful to worship in church, allow the grieving to bury their dead, allow those in love to marry, hear the cries of the fathers and mothers for food and jobs and money and medicine [and] protect our healthcare workers: the nurses and doctors and emergency personnel, the public servants?”

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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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