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Plp Deputy Leadership Candidate Fired From Baic

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

RICARDO Smith, who suffered an overwhelming loss to Chester Cooper in the deputy leader race at the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) convention last month, has been fired from the Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC).

Mr Smith, who was head of security at the institute, was dismissed because of his participation in the convention, he told The Tribune.

It is an allegation officials in the government did not deny yesterday.

BAIC’s staff regulations prohibit employees from standing for elections as a member of a political party.

BAIC chairwoman Miriam Emmanuel, when asked if Mr Smith’s claims of why he was fired are true, said of his firing: “It was a breach of policy and staff regulations. No further comments.”

BAIC regulations state: “No staff member shall hold any public or private employment or engage in any occupation or profession, which in the opinion of the general manager is incompatible with the proper performance of his/her official duties. No staff member shall take an active part in politics or in any political gathering or demonstration or stand for election as a member of any political party. Any staff member who accepts a public office of a political nature shall immediately resign from the corporation.”

Sources in the PLP yesterday said the rules are rarely enforced but it remained unclear whether they intended to challenge the decision.

The Tribune understands that in connection with his firing, Mr Smith was said to be paid $35,000.

In the PLP deputy leader race, Mr Smith received 69 votes. His competitor, Mr Cooper, received 1,226. Of all the major leadership races, Mr Smith’s loss was by far the most lopsided.

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licks2 6 days, 2 hours ago

THE PLP GONE BUT SOME OF THEIR "BOYS" STILL THINK THAT THEY CAN DO AS THEY LIKE AND NOBODY CAN "TOUCH THEM". . .HE KNOW THE RULE UNDER GENERAL ORDERS. . .YOU HAVE TO RESIGN TO RUN IN ANY POLITICAL PARTY STAGE. . . HECK SR. OFFICERS ARE NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO BE "SEEN" ON ANY STAGE, MARCHES, WRITE ANY PAPERS, MAN ANY PARTY OFFICE. . .PERIOD! Now we know that PLP, PAPA/FNM only used that clause on some peoples. . .their friends were always allowed to abuse that rule. . . .BUT NONE, I MEAN NONE HAS EVER BEEN ALLOWED AS A PUBLIC SERVANT TO RUN FOR PARTY OFFICE WITHOUT RESIGNING. . .NOT EVEN PGC ALLOWED THAT. . .AND WE SURE DO KNOW THAT HE ALLOWED ALMOST ANYTHING! SMITH MUST BE OUT OF HIS EVER-LIVING MIND TO DO SUCH NONSENSE. . .

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Maynergy 5 days, 11 hours ago

“No staff member shall hold any public or private employment or engage in any occupation or profession, which in the opinion of the general manager is incompatible with the proper performance of his/her official duties. No staff member shall take an active part in politics or in any political gathering or demonstration or stand for election as a member of any political party. Any staff member who accepts a public office of a political nature shall immediately resign from the corporation.” The above is very well an attempt to silence people who have progressive ideas and ways to lead this nation into a new phrase of growth. Ammadou Gibson in referenced to the termination of the Honorable gentleman.

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licks2 5 days, 3 hours ago

It has nothing to do with "shutting up" anything. . .it is designed to keep all public servants neutral in the duties and OPINION. . .no PLP. . .FNM or DNA. . .they must support and serve the government of the day. . .be he PLP, DNA or FNM.

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