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I Was Just Trying To Find Answers, Says Albury

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James Albury, MP for Central and South Abaco in Parliament. Photo: Terrel W Carey Sr/Tribune staff

By LEANDRA ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

CENTRAL and South Abaco MP James Albury said yesterday he believed his calling for an inquiry into the burial of 55 Hurricane Dorian victims over the weekend was blown out of proportion, saying he was just seeking to gain more answers about the matter on behalf of his constituents.

He said calls for his resignation from the Progressive Liberal Party were just attempts to politicise the situation.

Speaking to reporters outside the House of Assembly yesterday, he said: “Well, I think this is one of those cases where the reception kinda over blew what my intention was.

“I was just expressing some concerns on behalf of my constituents. It’s something I’ve discussed with the prime minister… the prime minister understood my concerns and it’s a very straight-forward matter.”

Asked yesterday about those concerns, he replied: “My concerns were just mainly getting an understanding. It was not to cast aspersions or blame on anyone. It’s more about just seeking answers rather than casting blame and that’s all I was looking for.”

This comes after Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis called for Mr Albury’s resignation as parliamentary secretary over the matter.

Mr Albury, responding to the opposition’s calls for his resignation, told reporters that he believed the move was meant to cause mischief between him and his political colleagues.

“I think that’s trying to politicize something that’s very apolitical in nature,” he said yesterday.

“It just seems to be a pure political move with no reasonable grounds for it, trying to artificially create some sort of wedge between myself and the party and the prime minister.

“…If you would’ve read my letter, it was not any sort of derogatory and inflammatory way and I certainly never would’ve meant it to come across as such. That is what it is at this moment and I’m satisfied right now with the way things are and hopefully moving forward, we’ll continue to learn from the process.”

After Mr Albury called for an inquiry into the burial of the Dorian victims, the Disaster Reconstruction Authority held a press conference on Sunday, outlining steps leading up to the controversial service.

Friday’s ecumenical service was marred with controversy as some residents protested the event and were angered that due to social distancing guidelines, many who lost loved ones could not grieve properly.

However, for his part, the Central and South Abaco MP said he was pleased with the DRA’s press conference, adding he believed it provided helpful information to bereaved families in Abaco.

“I’d like to say I’m very happy with the way the DRA press conference went recently, and I think there was a lot of good answers and information there and moving forward, it’s all about understanding the process and what we learned.”

“And as we move forward, being prepared for the next time.

However, it is not clear if he is still pursuing an official inquiry into the matter, with Mr Albury telling reporters that the matter is no longer in his hands.

Asked about the issue yesterday, he replied: “I was looking for answers and what I will say is the DRA’s press conference did answer a lot of those questions so as far as me calling for an inquiry, that was more seeking answers which I believe we’ve gotten, and we will continue to get.”

Further pressed on whether he will continue to pursue an inquiry, he replied: “That’s not beyond my power — all I’m saying is I’m happy the way the DRA handled the press conference.”

Comments

TalRussell 5 months ago

Poor South Abaco's comrade James who has been sent by the PMO on his apology tour.
Regardless, there are still the 55 bodies of the unknowns supposedly claimed to be inside the sealed pearl white caskets buried six feet deep below ground at Friday's fake** funeral service.

Nod once for yeah, Twice for no that there still the Hurricane Dorian's still many unaccounted for missing - presumed to be dead that no redcoat dares talk of, or about?

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licks2 4 months, 3 weeks ago

You and them peoples who was making noise at the graves mussie eat them dead peoples dem aye?? And yinna can't see them put the bodies into crypts in steel coffins! Get ya proofs and go dig up ya peoples dem. . .they have them numbered for pete sake!!

And further more. . .they peoples dem were missing for 9 dang months and they did nothing or very little. . .now that government decided to put the bodies into crypts, everybody running on with nonsense about they can't see their love ones!! We Bahamians could be dumb sometimes. . .surge tides washed people out to sea. . .that's what surge tides do on spits of land. . . it comes inland and carry most persons that are not tangled into study objects. . .back out to sea!!

Tal if them bodies een in their graves. . .yinna PLP mussie carry them on Farrington Road to PLP HQ!!

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stillwaters 5 months ago

I never like it when these younger politicians get holy indignation and say what they feel, and then.......hammer comes down when they peddle backward .......goodness, why can't they stand their ground if they have these strong convictions? Disappointed......

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licks2 4 months, 3 weeks ago

My opinion too. . .the PLP did a "jook in eye" on him and he een seasoned enough to tell them "carry they hips from around him". I would venture to say that them people in those graves are undocumented. . .yinna think any Bahamian will lose their folks and can't identify them 9 months after?? Very unlikely!! The young man needs to relax. . .if think them PLP een ger "jook him" if they catch him slipping. . .he got another think coming. PLP them een gat no shame when it comes to lying right through their teeth. . .or for talking dumb crap!!

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The_Oracle 5 months ago

No backbone. Either he represents his constituents or he is really representing himself. His call, but I hope his supports are paying attention.

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TalRussell 5 months ago

The South Abaco's MP Comrade James is aware that the ran out paycheques across the Abaco's are seventy-eight percent, and that does not include Abaco's government workers, all who continue collecting their paycheques.
Also, the fifty percent ran out paycheques official number used by the colony's central government, does not include the Abaco's or Grand Bahamaland which the government had stopped counting before both out islands even before COVID-19 hit - and, **if they had to include, all the still getting paid government workers the number would jump much higher. Nod once for yeah, Twice for no?

  • This could very well be a "true" 2019 -2020 Abaco story -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2kdU...">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2kdU...

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birdiestrachan 5 months ago

Leave him alone. there is no need to crucify him. He is young and was trying to do his best.

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licks2 4 months, 3 weeks ago

A PLP with some common sense. . .or who stop lying for political reasons!! He did good. . .just a political baby. . .he will learn how Bahamian can be with politicians. . .they een loyal unless they "getting fix up" by that politician!! Lol!

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