BRADLEY Roberts yesterday accused the Free National Movement of “carpet bagging” over the controversial Rubis underground fuel leak and using Bahamians’ “pain and suffering” for political gain.
SEVERAL Cabinet ministers have reportedly written resignation letters to Prime Minister Perry Christie because they are displeased with his leadership and the handling of several scandals that have sparked public backlash, FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis claimed yesterday.
MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn shot down a legal opinion from the Office of the Attorney General that dismisses the legality of the Public Accounts Committee to summon the Urban Renewal co-chairs as part of the PAC’s investigation into the programme.
MAYAGUANA Administrator Zephaniah Newbold said he is “not concerned” about the backlash surrounding his role in a case involving MICAL MP V Alfred Gray who is accused of allegedly intimidating the administrator to release a teen who had just been sentenced to a prison term.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said as a result of the Christie administration’s dereliction of duty in handling “the worst crisis in recent times” it is now impossible to retroactively determine Bahamians’ total exposure to chemicals emitted from the 2012 Rubis gasoline leak in Marathon.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday dodged questions over whether the government should have expedited the release of an independent report into the 2012 underground gas leak in the Marathon community and related public health assessments, stating that she was not an expert.
ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe hopes phone records help vindicate embattled MICAL MP V Alfred Gray from allegations that he intimidated an island administrator into releasing a young man from prison who had just been sentenced.
HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major was “shocked” and “taken aback” by a legal opinion the Office of the Attorney General sought from international and local attorneys about the legality of the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) investigations into Urban Renewal.
FORMER FNM Chairman Darron Cash criticised Prime Minister Perry Christie and four senior members of his Cabinet for the group’s poor handling of the controversial Marathon fuel leak that left area residents potentially exposed to cancer-causing agents.
THE public hearing on matters related to the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute will not come until after the 2015/2016 budget presentation as it still awaits financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance, according to St Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman yesterday.
HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major has decided not to serve Urban Renewal Co-Chairs Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen with a summons to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.
MINISTER of Environment Kenred Dorsett yesterday said he had no intention of resigning amid widespread criticism over his lack of public communication on the 2012 underground gasoline leak in the Marathon area.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that this country has had a recent “deluge” of illegal migrants that will cost the government more than $83,000 to repatriate.
HOUSE Speaker of Assembly Dr Kendal Major said he expects to make a recommendation before Parliament reconvenes today on whether Urban Renewal 2.0 co-chairs Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen should be subpoenaed to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions over the initiative’s operations.
POLITICAL backlash over the government’s lack of public communication concerning the 2012 Rubis underground gasoline leak continued yesterday with calls for the resignation of Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett and Marathon MP Jerome Fitzgerald.