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Fnm Slams Christie Over 'Broken Promises' On Bpl

Former Prime Minister Perry Christie.

Former Prime Minister Perry Christie.

By RIEL MAJOR

Tribune Staff Reporter

rmajor@tribunemedia.net

THE Free National Movement slammed former prime minister Perry Christie's "empty rhetoric and broken promises" after he criticised the government’s actions amid the ongoing load shedding by Bahamas Power and Light.

In a press statement released yesterday, officials from the FNM said the former PLP leader's failed promises had ushered Mr Christie out of office in historic fashion.

The statement read: “He even lost the trust and faith of his own constituents. So, to hear Perry Christie today – who literally had years to address the growing problems at Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) when he held power – blast the government for the current situation he had a larger role in creating is not surprising.

“It’s how he operates – creating a mess and then blaming others for the mess he created – in fact, it’s the PLP modus operandi. Quite frankly, that’s why Perry Christie is in retirement today.”

FNM officials noted the PLP claimed to have many plans to improve The Bahamas, but nothing took place.

“The woeful PLP also claimed to have a plan to improve the New Providence landfill but fell short; they claimed to have a plan to revitalise the Family Islands, which never took place, and they had a plan to double the government’s investment in education, yet stood by and watched our schools deteriorate,” the statement noted.

“Words alone won’t improve a thing, which is why our Prime Minister is fighting every day to improve the quality of life for all, because Bahamians deserve nothing less from their elected leaders.”

On Wednesday, former Prime Minister Perry Christie said the PLP left in place a plan that provided both short and long-term strategies for sustainable power generation, as he urged officials to fix the ongoing crisis quickly.

While conceding his administration ran out of time to introduce this plan, Mr Christie said it was complete and ready to be picked up by the Minnis government.

In the wake of continuous load shedding, the former PLP leader said he could now only assume the Free National Movement government either disagreed with these provisions or didn’t look at them.

“We left in place a full plan, but it was too close to elections to try and make it,” Mr Christie told The Tribune.

“We brought in Gowon Bowe, Michael Maura together with Kevin Basden who ran BEC and they joined Sir Baltron Bethel and they all agreed on particular plans going forward, having looked at three proposals and they chose one and they left that in place.

“I would say that we - to predicate all that we were doing - brought in people from the outside, two of them connected to the Chamber of Commerce, one very well respected and one ran BEC, so look we shall see, but whatever we left in place covered every possible development short-term (and) long-term and I could only assume they disagreed or didn’t look at it,” Mr Christie said, when asked if he believed his government had the answers to prevent what the country is now experiencing.

He added: “Everybody is affected now. It’s a very difficult situation for the country, very difficult for the government (and) it’s very difficult for BPL.

“Enormous damage is being deferred on a lot of people and so it’s a difficult situation that has to be addressed as quickly as possible.”

Mr Christie noted he was able to account for everything he’s done in public life, but referred The Tribune to the PLP’s current leader, Philip “Brave” Davis, for further insight as the power provider was under his purview during the former government.

BPL CEO Whitney Heastie admitted on Sunday the company sits “on the edge every day”. He could not guarantee there would be no further electricity cuts nor when the load shedding nightmare will end.

Comments

shonkai 1 month ago

“We left in place a full plan, but it was too close to elections to try and make it,” Mr Christie told The Tribune.

So it was going to lose him even more support? Four MP's less?

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proudloudandfnm 1 month ago

perry is the last person on earth to criticize anyone....

Utterly useless individual, I literally have zero respect for him. Crook, dunce, bullsh-tter...

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 month ago

Vomit Christie was most influential when it came to one of his son's being wrongfully and grossly enriched to the tune of millions of dollars as the frontman in the construction of the pools and water park areas at Baha Mar. As a consequence, Christie and his spendthrift wife will live on easy street the rest of their lives while still sucking on the public purse for retirement and health benefits. Yes indeed, Christie is laughing all the way to the bank. And Minnis, contrary to his campaign promises, ain't able to do diddle-dee-squat 'bout dat!

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concernedcitizen 1 month ago

also got prime park avenue apt/condo over looking central park from the Chinese for screwing Sarkis ,,witch got hers too ,,wherever B Bethel sets up corps the property and money go ,,I,m surprised that Baptist church doesn,t burst into flames

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TalRussell 1 month ago

A return active politics by former comrade prime minister Perry Gladstone, would have Minnis shaking in he underwear's, yes, no ...

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TalRussell 1 month ago

Ma Comrade Concern, regardless, there are Perryrites but spotting a Minnisrites, be's akin to a Elvis sighting, yes, no....

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proudloudandfnm 4 weeks, 1 day ago

You have to be kidding. If perry were dumb enough to come back the only thing that would happen is a guaranteed second term for Minnis. Can't imagine anyone fool enough to vote for him at this point....

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SP 4 weeks, 1 day ago

The PLP AND FNM are equally responsible for the BPL mess and several others!

50 years of "self-rule" by these self-serving pirates have us $8B in debt, unemployed, under-educated, suffering without reliable power and phone services, and overwhelmed with expats repatriating money to home countries to the extent of destroying the commercial banking industry and ruining the economy!

Peter is no better than Paul! It took both PLP & FNM to "lead" us to where we now find ourselves.

Bahamians should be rioting in the streets demanding accountability!!

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licks2 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Rioting in the streets is a little "over the top". . .BUT YOU ARE SPOT-ON WITH WHO "DUG" THE WHOLE WE ARE IN WITH BPL. I go a little further. . .een dat Peter is better dan Paul. . .with dem two parties. . .PETER IS PAUL!!!

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