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Davis Tells Govt To Table Claims Over New Contracts

Opposition leader Philip 'Brave' Davis pictured speaking in the House of Assembly recently.

Opposition leader Philip 'Brave' Davis pictured speaking in the House of Assembly recently.

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis is frustrated that members of the governing party have been allowed to make claims in Parliament about the former Christie administration that paints it in a negative light without tabling proof to substantiate their claims.

Mr Davis expressed his frustration in the House of Assembly yesterday after allegations were made that the former administration entered into numerous contracts and deals just before the May 10 general election.

The local dailies reported Thursday that, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest, the former administration signed off on “millions of dollars” in contracts within two days before the election and that hundreds of people were employed days before the vote.

“The headlines in The Tribune and most of the dailies this morning,” Mr Davis said, “speaks to the granting of contracts just before the election. Knowing how these things work moved me to ask (Wednesday) for particulars of these contracts so we could better able to respond to it. We do not expect from this side that the dailies will be fair in their commentary or investigative work with respect to our response, but we wish to ensure that the official record would be able to have us respond to them.

“You will recall yesterday (Wednesday) following the conclusion of the contribution of the minister (of finance), the minister made some allegations, one of which concerned the granting of contracts on the 8th and 9th of May. And I wanted to be specific. I made my notes of what he said and got a copy of his contribution and what he said was off script, not a part of his written contribution. I ask that he provide us with the particulars of these contracts. In the course of his discourse he mentioned contracts in Acklins, giving particulars of those contracts which the member for Englerston was able to demonstrate was patently false because the contracts that were issued did not accord with the comments he made about those particulars.”

If “particulars” aren’t given when allegations are being made, the Official Opposition is placed in an unfair position, Mr Davis said.

Ultimately, House Speaker Halson Moultrie ruled that Mr Davis should address such concerns during his budget speech.

Mr Moultrie suggested that the PLP was not the only party that may have been unfairly affected by negative stories Thursday.

He said: “Having also examined the headlines in the newspaper today (Thursday)…we can also consider that there were allegations headlined in the newspaper against the member for East Grand Bahama where no particulars were provided and certain allegations were made that could have the effect of affecting his character particularly with respect to conflict of interest. In fairness of both sides, this matter should be reserved.”

Mr Moultrie was likely referring to a story in The Tribune about a spat in Parliament on Wednesday between Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin and Mr Turnquest.

So far during the budget debate, the governing party has frequently accused the former administration of entering into deals and employment arrangements with people close to the election and of having paid out large sums of money under dubious circumstances during the past five years.

The governing party has not, however, provided specifics relating to a number of its most explosive claims.

For example, Mr Turnquest said during his speech in the House Wednesday that the former administration paid $20 million to a single consultant over the past five years.

It has not been revealed who the consultant was nor what services were offered.

Comments

sheeprunner12 4 months, 1 week ago

I agree with Brave Davis .......... It is past time for KPT to put ALL of the pre-election PLP contracts on the table (October 2016-May 2017)

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birdiestrachan 4 months, 1 week ago

When I went to sleep on may 10th I was some what despondent . But one may 11th I was happy the PLP had lost the election. happy for Mr: Christie also, Because I knew with out a doubt that the Bahamas had its very own Donald Trump. But what I did not know was that the pronouncement would be "let them eat potato chips' Even as they know so many Bahamians are plagued with high blood and diabetes.

Turnquest is just telling lies that is all.

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BahamaPundit 4 months, 1 week ago

Man. FNM you placed this on yourselves. Those fake contracts should have been tabled from the beginning. What a shame. What a wasted chance. Seems like you guys are two heads of the same coin as Bran said.

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proudloudandfnm 4 months, 1 week ago

The PLP made many accusations against the FNM. And not once did they table any evidence. I have no doubt Peter will table the documents...

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Truism 4 months, 1 week ago

You can't table what doesn't exist. Evidence that could assure your supporters that you're not just making up stories to placate them, that your words are to be trusted, that you are about transparancy an accountability isn't tabled, why?

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birdiestrachan 4 months, 1 week ago

This is the same Turnquest who wants to know why is there an investment in Aliv. When he already had the information in his possession. Oh the dimness in these folks.

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OMG 4 months, 1 week ago

"Paints it in a negative light" wow? This is the government that hired all those persons just before the election simply to buy votes, A prime minister who said "it is easy to piss away money". Presided over a downgrade and increased spending despite record taxes including Vat .Used the so called "peoples station" as a PLP propaganda machine. A party who have proven MP's who took financial incentives and or solicited business for their personal gain. What the hell , you made your own "negative light" or rather darkness.

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Truism 4 months, 1 week ago

Don't just preach, show us the hole in your hands, or in their head. Better yet, table the evidence. Table the contracts.

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Truism 4 months, 1 week ago

By the way , someone should inform KPT that it's rather difficult to reduce duty or things that already are duty free and were from 2015.

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