Sears: Water and Sewerage contracts being probed

Minister of Works and Utilities Alfred Sears revealed yesterday that he has instructed his ministry to probe questionable contracts issued by the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) to determine whether the matter needs to be turned over to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

“First of all, I would have to get a full briefing on it,” Sears told The Nassau Guardian.

“I have asked the ministry to look into the allegations. Once I would have gotten a briefing, then we will determine what action to take whether we have a forensic [audit] or refer the matter to the police.”

While he was executive chairman of WSC, Adrian Gibson, the Long Island MP, came under fire in the lead-up to last month’s general election, after it was revealed that WSC awarded a three-year $4,700 per month cleaning and maintenance contract to a company whose director had the same name as a woman Gibson identified as his fiancée.

While Gibson issued a statement on the matter, he failed to say whether Alexandria Mackey, who signed the WSC contract on behalf of Elite Maintenance, was the same Alexandria Mackey he identified as his fiancée in a 2020 police report.

While in opposition, Philip Brave Davis called on the attorney general and commissioner of police to immediately launch an investigation into the matter.

Earlier this month, Davis, who now serves as prime minister, indicated that authorities were looking into the matter.

“Well, I know it’s being looked at,” he said.

“I don’t know where it is because I don’t want to interfere. The information is in the public domain. We expect those who have responsibility to their work to do their work. Where it is, I don’t know.”

Davis insisted that he will not interfere.

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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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