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Minnis Calls For Disclosure Of "Smoke And Mirrors" Baha Mar Deal Details

DR HUBERT Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), has called the Prime Minister's announcement of a deal over Baha Mar another example of "smoke and mirrors to hide the broken promises made by the PLP", pointing to a lack of specific details and accusing the government of "suspicious" deals with the Chinese.

In a statement early on Tuesday morning, Dr Minnis said:

“On behalf of the thousands of unemployed Bahamians, the Free National Movement welcomes the announcement made by the Prime Minister that an agreement has been reached with CCA to complete the Baha Mar project; however the Free National Movement is concerned and troubled by the lack of specificity in the announcement.

"While the FNM believes the opening of Baha Mar is important to this country and to the welfare of every Bahamian we believe that no deal made by the government should put The Bahamas and the Bahamian people in further jeopardy. The FNM has always stood for the Bahamian people and will continue to fight for them, therefore we are concerned with the amount of secrecy and lack of transparency that clouded this agreement.

“It is apparent that the embattled Prime Minister Christie and his PLP Government are once again trying to use smoke and mirrors to hide the broken promises made by the PLP. Is it a coincidence that only hours before the national address the country’s credit rating was once again downgraded by the International Rating Agency, Moody’s?

"Tonight’s hastily convened address does nothing to satisfy the needs and worries of the Bahamian people. The lack of specificity only proves that the Prime Minister and the PLP are trying to hide the suspicious deals they have made with the Chinese since the Prime Minister was unwilling to reveal what additional concessions were demanded by the Chinese in order for them to agree to the deal.

“The Prime Minister and the PLP have already failed us multiple times on the Baha Mar Resort and now that their jobs are on the line they are willing to do anything to get the resort opened before the next election.

"The Prime Minister must come clean with the Bahamian people and answer the following questions. How many Bahamian jobs will be given to the Chinese? How many citizenships will be given away to Chinese nationals? Will the Bahamian contractors get paid in full the more than $100 million they are owed before construction starts again? Will Baha Mar pay the millions of dollars they owe in unpaid utility bills before additional utility services are supplied for construction?

“The Free National Movement calls on the Prime Minister to make all the details of this agreement public immediately so that the Bahamian people could be aware of the full details as soon as possible.”

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 years, 7 months ago

Re-post: Here's all you need to know about this agreement that Christie purports his (not our) government has made with his (not our) Chinese friends:

1) The purported agreement is cloaked in secrecy and probably has been sealed from prying public eyes in even our Supreme Court; even the appointed receiver remains mum and no doubt will eventually say little if anything about the additional concessions sought, better still, extorted, by Christie's Chinese friends from a very politically vulnerable and lamed brain Christie.

2) The Chinese lender (CEXIMB) and the parent company of the Chinese construction company (CCA) have had, and continue to have, Christie's gonads in an ever tightening vice-grip since his tortious and very costly meddling and interference in the project.

3) If indeed a deal has been struck with Christie's Chinese friends, it can only mean the Bahamian people will be saddled with additional debt (borrowings) to bail out the losses that should be borne by the CEXIMB and CCA, and our Public Treasury will never see a dollar of taxes or fees of any kind from the Baha Mar development for at least the next 40 plus years, at which time the operating life of the development will have come to an end.

4) The structural soundness of the development will remain hidden from prying eyes by continuing to use the same unqualified Chinese contractor (CCA) to complete the project and will only come to our attention, actually the world's attention, when the serious structural defects manifest themselves through loss of life.

5) Vomit Christie, the Wicked Witch of the West, Bag Man Baltron Bethel, Gomez the Minion and Winder the Accommodating Receiver are all going to rightfully have their pants sued off in the U.K. High Court by Baha Mar (the Izmirlian family); we, the Bahamian people, will need to change our current corrupt Christie-led government in order for our Public Treasury to not be saddled with the enormously high legal fees that these individuals should bear for their own account.

6) We, the Bahamian people, can be rest assured thousands of Chinese will be receiving work permits so that they can feed, clothe, educate and provide for the medical needs of their families back home in China while thousands of equally qualified Bahamian construction workers go unemployed; that's the way our condescending and merciless Christie treats "his" Bahamian people.

7) Our attorney general a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West and her family members will be able to keep all of the retail floor space in the development, and will be compensated for all of their related costs by Bahamian taxpayers directly or via the Chinese, notwithstanding the most egregious conflict of interest that resulted in her advising and taking the foolish actions that she did to thwart the bankruptcy process in Delaware among other deviously corrupt things.

What a joke!

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The_Oracle 2 years, 7 months ago

No worries Honorable Minnis, All Bahamian males forfeit one testicle for emperor favorite dish " Jian Dui" (sesame Balls) to be presented at Great festival of " Dragon Boat" in which 1 billion of 5 billion Chinese descend upon small islands for one day of glorious tourism! Second day leaving quick quick, no Jian Dui, Cat, Dog, Iguana, chicken in bag left. Taking Christie San with for Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo as permanent display of unique now Eunuch island wild life. Cabinet distributed amongst other villages for special idiots placement.

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birdiestrachan 2 years, 7 months ago

Ah well poor :"roc with Doc" This is not good for him and his party. Never mind the Country going forward and persons going back to work and contractors being paid. it is not good for the Doc and his party. if people are unemployed and suffering he would have something to campaign on. Doc just does not have the ability. to know and see the things that really matter. when to keep quiet and when to talk.

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mangogirl01 2 years, 7 months ago

birdiestrachan are you serious!!! No one has been paid, no one is back to work, no buyer name, documents sealed from the public and yes, peope are unemployed and suffering! We all know that the announcement was just a publicity stunt to counteract Moody's downgrade! You saw all the lights and cameras at the press conference, yeah, that's what the PM loves, lights, cameras and no action!The PLP is fulla shit!!!

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SP 2 years, 7 months ago

Dr. Minnis Needs To Call For Disclosure Of FNM Oligarchy Disclosure Of Natural Resources

Pointing fingers at our dysfunctional PM is one thing.

Why haven't Dr. Minnis spoken to his FNM oligarchies 70 year involvement with raping the country and people of natural resources?

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glasshalffull 2 years, 7 months ago

DR. MINNIS NEEDS TO REINVENT HIMSELF... WHEEL AN COME AGAIN... HE HAS LOST RELEVANCE... LOST TOUCH WITH REALITY .... I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR HIM

1 COULD YOU ARRIVE AT A BETTER DEAL?

2 DO YOU THINK YOU ARE AN EFFECTIVE LEADER.?

3 ARE YOU SERVING YOUR CONSTITUENTS EFFECTIVELY.?

4 CAN YOU RUN THE COUNTRY BETTER THAT PERRY CHRISTIE?

5 ARE YOU RUNNING YOUR PARTY OR YOUR PARTY RUNNING YOU?

ANSWER THOSE QUESTION TRUTHFULLY... THEN YOU CAN DECIDE IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIND FAULTS..

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