0

PM says there is ‘some misinterpretation of allocation of funds’ for $100k travel expenses

Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis. Photo: Dante Carrer

Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis. Photo: Dante Carrer

By LYNAIRE MUNNINGS

Tribune Staff Reporter

lmunnings@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said criticism of how his administration used $100,000 in travel expenses before last year’s by-election was the result of “some misinterpretation of allocation of funds”.

According to the mid-year budget performance book, a $50,000 allocation dated November 29, 2023, was for “prime minister and delegation travel to the Family Islands”. Another $50,000 allocation, dated December 4, 2023, was for “per diem and accommodations for PM and delegation travel to the Family Islands”.

Mr Davis told reporters yesterday he would not speak about the matter, but said more may come out about it during the mid-term budget debate, which begins this week.

“I mean, who are they to accuse me of such things?” he asked, referring to the FNM.

FNM leader Michael Pintard has called on the police and the Office of the Auditor General to investigate how public funds and resources were used in the lead-up to last year’s by-election.

The Office of the Prime Minister dismissed criticism of the travel expenses last week, saying: “During the prime minister’s visits to West Grand Bahama and Bimini in October and November of last year, he inaugurated a new government complex with multiple services, he visited children benefiting from his school breakfast programme, he signed a $100m Ocean Cay expansion Heads of Agreement, he reviewed current and new infrastructure projects, including major airport and road improvements, and he led a Cabinet meeting focused on Family Islands development.”

“On days during which he conducted official business and then at night met with Bahamians in his capacity as leader of his party, should he have flown back to Nassau, then returned on another flight paid for by the party? Who precisely would that have served? This attempt to generate controversy defies common sense.”

Comments

AnObserver 3 months, 3 weeks ago

It is almost as if he doesn't comprehend that we are broke. Or maybe he just doesn't care, as long as he gets his luxury vacations paid for?

jamesg30 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Agreed, isn't it time to get the gang together again and head to the UAE? Good times!! Incredible rate of return on the investment for the country. Would love to see that analysis.

ExposedU2C 3 months, 3 weeks ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

TalRussell 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Presumably, none, not one, engaged in formatting [sound decision-making,] wants to be paid again, come next wagespay period at the office of the premiership. --- Yes?

hrysippus 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Can someone please translate this from political Newspeak into plain English?

stillwaters 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Brave, once you're in a battle with the citizens of your country over how much money you're spending on your jet setting......you really need to check yourself bruh, not come mumbling excuses.

stillwaters 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Can Brave even finish a simple sentence when he's in front of a camera? One bumbling speaker....jeez

Sign in to comment