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Watson: PLP to fully reimburse govt for Bermuda trip within next two weeks

Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Clint Watson said he expects the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) to fully reimburse the government for a recent trip to Bermuda within two weeks.

“I do know the prime minister, this week, made a call to ensure that this happens, so I suspect that that should happen within the next week and a half, two weeks,” Watson said on Thursday.

He added, “I’ve been made aware that the Progressive Liberal Party is fully aware and ready to make the reimbursement. They’re waiting for the paperwork from foreign affairs to be sent to them as to the cost and that transaction will take place.”

The prime minister and his delegation traveled aboard a Western Air chartered plane to Bermuda in October.

Amid questions and controversy surrounding the political trip, the PLP later released a picture of a check in the amount of $24,750, drawn from a FirstCaribbean International Bank account, and dated October 21 (a day after the delegation’s return).

OPM Director of Communications Latrae Rahming said on that same date that the PLP paid for the trip, but at no point did he explain that OPM paid for it and had been (or would be) reimbursed by the party.

On October 26, Prime Minister Philip Davis told the House of Assembly that earlier in the year, he met Bermuda’s premier at a conference in Austin, Texas, and the premier invited him on an “official visit” and suggested he come during the Bermuda PLP’s convention in October.

Davis also indicated in the House that at the time the government booked the charter, the PLP in The Bahamas was not a part of the trip.

He said he then decided that the PLP representatives would come on the flight and that the costs would be “reckoned”.

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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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