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Davis and Miller blast Minnis over Baha Mar

Official Opposition Leader Philip 'Brave' Davis.

Official Opposition Leader Philip 'Brave' Davis.

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Leslie Miller

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FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis

DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip Davis lashed out at Dr Hubert Minnis’ pledge to “execute a real sale” of Baha Mar should the Free National Movement (FNM) win the next election, accusing him of plotting for the resort’s demise for political benefit while spouting untruths.

Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller also took aim at Dr Minnis over the issue, saying while the Killarney MP is his friend, he is “not the smartest man on two legs”.

In a statement released to the media last night, Mr Davis said it was unfortunate that the country has come to a point where some would “bet against the interests of their fellow Bahamians to better their own political lot”.

He said Dr Minnis “appears to be crossing his fingers and praying” the resort does not open for his own political benefit, despite the thousands of Bahamians who would suffer.

“I understand he thinks his only way to succeed is to tear down any progress we make – to distract from the utter turmoil and startling accusations about Minnis from his own colleagues - but what about the thousands of Bahamians who are training right now for their job at Baha Mar? Bahamians deserve better than someone rooting against their employment to try to score a political point,” Mr Davis said.

“The sad part is - he is dead wrong. Baha Mar is now in the safe hands of a world-class operator that is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in its success. Contractors and employees were paid what they were owed. And 650 Bahamians have been hired of the thousands who will be hired as the hotel opens. Those are the facts,” he added.

Mr Davis also said Dr Minnis’ own colleagues have accused him of not being a man of his word, adding that the Killarney MP, who is “not fit for leadership,” is using the Baha Mar issue to try and “salvage” his political career.

“Baha Mar will open and Bahamians will see once and for all that Dr Minnis, despite facts to the contrary, is trying to use this to salvage his political career,” Mr Davis said. “But don’t just take my word for it - come see for yourself. Right now, 200 casino employees are being trained and the casino equipment is being installed. And Baha Mar continues to hire – and is well on its way to hire 1,500 employees by April 21. World-renowned hotel chain Rosewood has increased its investment by $35 million dollars, and CTF is increasing its capital, marketing, and pre-opening investment from $200 million to $250 million. Those are the facts,” Mr Davis said.

Yesterday Mr Miller also chimed in on the issue.

The Tall Pines MP asked: “How do you take back private property? Dr Minnis’ head can’t be no good. How you going to sell what don’t belong to you?

“Dr Minnis has to stop, I know it’s political season, but he has to stop with these false promises. He is my jack but isn’t the smartest man on two legs. I never said he was intelligent you know, I said he was my friend.”

On Sunday, in a statement posted to his Facebook page, Dr Minnis said his party would “engage and execute a real sale of Baha Mar to a qualified and respectable purchaser who believes in Bahamians; a purchaser who will utilise only Bahamian labour to complete the resort, and will put Bahamians back to work with real jobs as quickly as possible.”

Yesterday he added that if the Baha Mar deal does not stand up to public scrutiny, his party reserves the right “to not approve any sale that is not in the best interest of the Bahamian people.”

“Prime Minister Christie has been put on notice to make their phantom sale agreement public along with any terms and concessions given,” Dr Minnis posted on Monday.

“The FNM also calls on the prime minister to make public any heads of agreement that is to be signed with CFTE by tabling it in the House of Assembly before Parliament is dissolved.”

Prime Minister Perry Christie announced the official sale of Baha Mar to CTF BM Holdings, a subsidiary of CTFE last December, at the time stating the resort was set for a phased opening beginning in April 2017, and a full completion by this fall. It has since been revealed that the sale has not been finalised and that the opening date for the Rosewood hotel brand, owned by the Baha Mar buyer, has been delayed to Spring 2018.

Comments

licks2 5 years, 10 months ago

This bunch just need to shut the heck up until they present the deal agreement to the people. . .UNTIL THEN. . .THEIR HISTORY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. . .MINNIS HAAS WAY MORE CREDIBILITY THAN ALL OF THEM PUT TOGETHER. . .the people have stopped listening to this group. . .

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Well_mudda_take_sic 5 years, 10 months ago

The first order of business for whomever replaces Crooked Christie as PM, will be to arrange for a formal commission of enquiry to be conducted to investigate the corruption, graft and fraud committed by elected and other officials of the current government so that appropriate criminal charges may be pressed against them. The new PM's second order of business should be the passage of a bill to construct a new VIP wing to Fox Hill prison to house those found guilty of crimes during the commission of enquiry. Wealth wrongfully (criminally) taken from the Bahamian people will also need to be clawed back in the interest of justice. Little or no mercy should be shown in the sentencing given the abhorrent nature of the crimes committed against the Bahamian people.

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athlete12 5 years, 10 months ago

Agreed anticorruption and freedom of information policies are the only promises I want to hear.

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xtreme2x 5 years, 10 months ago

Could not have said it better. It will also send a clear message to all running for office.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 5 years, 10 months ago

In a highly improper attempt to protect its significant investment interests in our country, Red China through the China Export-Import Bank has decided to assist the PLP government in 'buying' votes in the upcoming general election to the tune of many millions of dollars. This is an instance of outright glaring election fraud and outrageous interference by a super power nation in the internal governance affairs of a much much smaller country. Red China, with the assistance of the Crooked Christie-led corrupt PLP government, is now engaged in an all out assault on our nation's sovereignty by blatantly and unconscionably undermining our democratic processes. This fact alone justifies any new Bahamas government giving the China Export-Import Bank (effectively the government of Red China) notice that they are expected to sell their entire interest in the Baha Mar property to one or more acceptable third party buyers (i.e. acceptable buyer(s) in no way connected to the government of Red China or domiciled in that country) within a reasonable period of time, failing which the new Bahamas government will nationalize the property in the national security interest of the Bahamas and then sell it and remit the sales proceeds, net of costs incurred, to the China Export-Import Bank. Red China's government will respect this decision as it is precisely what they would do if the government of another country was found to be surreptitiously interfering in the internal politics and governmental affairs of their own country.

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MonkeeDoo 5 years, 10 months ago

This is amazing and must be insisted upon by the people. Unless Government and Civil Service Corruption is denounced and punished it will never end. Now is the time & here is the place !

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MonkeeDoo 5 years, 10 months ago

Christie Davis Gibson Maynard Gibson Fitzgerald will get the first cell to share. I woukd let murderers out just to make space for these scum.

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