By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called for an investigation into whether Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Roderick Bowe was paid by the government while also working for Baha Mar.
Dr Minnis, the shadow minister of national security, said it is “unheard of” for someone with a position like Mr Bowe’s to be working for government and a private company at the same time.
His comments came a day after Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage told the Nassau Guardian that Commodore Bowe was still attached to the RBDF despite starting a job at Baha Mar last week.
Dr Nottage told reporters Mr Bowe’s contract expired in January but he had not officially left the RBDF. He said the government did not seek to keep Mr Bowe on because the commodore advised him in 2012, that he did not wish for his contract to be renewed.
Dr Nottage declined to answer whether Mr Bowe was still receiving a salary from the government nor did he give a date for Mr Bowe’s official last day.
Dr Minnis told The Tribune that “something does not feel right about the situation” and an investigation is needed.
“There needs to be more answers than what is being offered,” he said. “I do not know the whole situation, but I think an investigation needs to happen to figure out what happened or is happening and we definitely need to know if the commodore was and is still being paid. You cannot work for government with that position and have another full time job like that, it doesn’t work that way,” he said.
RBDF Deputy Commodore Tellis Bethel will act as commodore until a new commodore is appointed.
Mr Bowe has served with the RBDF for 32 years, five years as commodore.