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Dames' Comments Were 'Inappropriate', Says Plp's Davis

PLP leader Philip Davis. (File photo)

PLP leader Philip Davis. (File photo)

By SYANN THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

sthompson@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION leader Philip “Brave” Davis called the national security minister’s comments on Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson’s future “inappropriate”.

During the RBPF’s annual church service on Sunday, Security Minister Marvin Dames said Commissioner Ferguson as well as his executive team should “know by name” the next generation of leaders, adding his focus should be on preparing the “next crop of leaders” ahead of his inevitable departure.

Mr Dames told reporters that when that time comes, the police chief, who has served as commissioner for more than two years, should ideally be “ready and excited to move on,” because he, like many others in the RBPF are “all just passing through”.

Yesterday Mr Davis said the minister was out of line saying those comments publicly.

“He is not fit to have the post of minister of national security. I’ve called for him to be fired over a year now and again his inappropriate comments in dealing with a person of that level just demonstrates his unfitness,” said Mr Davis, pictured right.

Mr Davis also hit out at recent comments from Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest, who recently accused previous administrations of “taking advantage of the Bahamian people” by entering into contracts “nobody in a commercial sense” would agree to.

Declining to speak to particular examples, Mr Turnquest told this newspaper earlier this week: “It’s unfortunate that we have not used more discretion, more responsibility, in terms of entering into contracts where there’s absolutely no need for them, in some instances, and the commercial terms – or terms – are not ones you would usually see in a commercial lease.

“It’s not just about the government. It’s about taking advantage of the Bahamian people and backing them into a circumstance that’s clearly not in the best interest of the Bahamian people long-term.”

In response, Mr Davis said: “It was he who dismantled the Revenue Enhancement Unit and cancelled agreements with contractors to collect outstanding tax revenue in the hundreds of millions of dollars. That was a bad policy decision. The decline in revenue resulted in a 60 percent hike in VAT which took advantage of the Bahamian people.”

The Cat Island MP outlined what he called bad decisions by the current administration, including the purchase of the Grand Lucayan hotel and cancelling the contract for the post office at the former Independence Shopping Centre.

“The $65 million capital outlay to flip the Grand Lucayan hotel in six months was another bad deal,” Mr Davis said. “The flip has not occurred. The hotel was valued at less than $65 million before it sustained hurricane damage and the government said that scores of potential buyers were lined up to purchase the property. Where are the potential buyers today or again…was this another lie? The price tag to the Bahamian taxpayers to date is well in excess of $100 million with no economic benefit to Grand Bahama.”

He added, “Cancelling the initial contract for the post office at the former Independence Shopping Centre will cost the Bahamian taxpayers conservatively $20 million. Tampering with the lease at the Summer Winds Plaza could cause the Bahamian people as much as $66 million ….Other contracts tampered with will cost the government in excess of another $100 million dollars.”

Public Works Minister Desmond Bannister told The Tribune recently that $40 million is needed to get through the year as infrastructure has been left in a deplorable state. In responding, Mr Davis said it was an admission by the minister that “the government was starving infrastructure and refusing to put money on the ground, pay contractors and civil servants.” In doing this, Mr Davis claimed the government is attempting to achieve a deficit target at the expense of national development.

Comments

moncurcool 1 year, 1 month ago

They were very appropriate, considering the commissioner coming out and blaming parents for why they have to be brutal with people's children. .. What is not appropriate is Davis saying the PLP disagrees with the plastic ban now because they didn't have time to read the bill. Seriously?

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joeblow 1 year, 1 month ago

Actually, I think Brave Davis is inappropriate!

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year, 1 month ago

Davis obviously has delusional thoughts of somehow becoming PM because of the ever swelling wave of public outrage against Minnis. But Bahamian voters will see to it that the corrupt Minnis and even more corrupt Davis both receive fatal wounds in the next general election, wounds that end their political careers forevermore. Bahamians have thankfully woken up to the fact that there's no difference between the corrupt organisational apparatus of the PLP and equally corrupt organisational apparatus of the FNM. These two political parties have fleeced our country and the vast majority of Bahamians, leaving us with little or nothing but fear.......fear of crime, fear of no healthcare, fear of our children not being properly educated, and on, and on. And we all know the DNA will never be the answer. LOBBY AND VOTE FOR THE BEST INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE RUNNING IN YOUR CONSTITUENCY WHO HAS NO KNOWN TIES TO THE CORRUPT PARTY APPARATUS OF THE PLP, FNM OR DNA. Equally important is that the independent candidate you vote for in the next general election have no ties to criminal thugs like Sebas Bastian and Craig Flowers.

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