By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
FNM chairman Darron Cash yesterday urged the government to show courage in regulating the webshop industry in the Bahamas.
While a referendum that took place nearly a year ago saw the electorate vote against legalising numbers, the business has continued to thrive.
And little has changed or been said of webshops and their status since Wayne Munroe, who represents Island Game, Island Luck, FML, Asue Draw, Whattfall and Chances, abandoned the appeal to challenge Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett’s refusal to grant an injunction in their case.
But despite the legal stalemate, Mr Cash said Prime Minister Perry Christie has washed his hands of the issue in order to avoid acting against numbers bosses.
“They must show some courage in handling these webshops,” Mr Cash said. “This government is so compromised because they made a promise to the webshop owners.
“In my view if they can leave it in the hands of the courts then the government has its saving grace. It is most regrettable that the Prime Minister has abdicated his responsibility and left it all to the courts.
“So right now its as if authorities and elected officials have turned a blind eye. But I doubt that nothing serious will be done with the webshops until the government changes.
“The concern is how to regularise the businesses while handling the risk they pose to government and the growth of communities.”
Back in July, Mr Munroe said it was unlikely that officials and numbers bosses would have their day in court to decide whether webshops would become legal.
Mr Munroe said his clients needed a two-and-a-half month extension in order to file a statement of claim.