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PLP: PM must be full and frank on Rolle resignation

While noting that he has a duty to be “full and frank”, Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday called on Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Hubert Minnis to explain why Lanisha Rolle yesterday resigned as minister of youth, sports and culture.

Rolle is the fourth minister to resign from Minnis’ Cabinet since 2017 and the third to resign since May.

In a statement, Mitchell said, “The resignation of four government ministers in a single term having to go under a cloud of suspicion for a prime minister who has only served in one term is unprecedented.

“The wheels are falling off this FNM wagon one by one and the FNM government is falling apart at the seams and collapsing on its own.”

The Guardian understands Rolle’s resignation followed the completion of an internal audit into the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. 

The details of that audit have not yet been made public.

“The prime minister must explain why the minister has resigned,” Mitchell said.

“The backstory is the completion of a comprehensive audit of ministry expenditure.”

He noted that Minnis has “lost the sole woman among his Cabinet colleagues” as a result of Rolle’s resignation.

“This is a huge setback for the cause of women empowerment in public life,” Mitchell said.

“The prime minister has a public duty to be full and frank in explaining to the Bahamian people the reasons and circumstances that led to minister Rolle’s resignation.

“In light of a reported ongoing audit at the youth and sports ministry, the PLP would support a full investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to investigate public accounts at this ministry.”

The PAC is chaired by PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis.

Earlier this month, House Speaker Halson Moultrie restored the full powers of the committee,

Moultrie said former House Speaker Dr. Kendal Major’s ruling is one factor that has contributed to the dilution of the legislative branch’s oversight function.

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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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