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- Minnis administration response to Dorian chaotic and unstructured
- Increased bureaucracy added to 12% VAT hike and massive borrowing
- Senate President marred by Conflicts of Interest and Separation of Powers concerns
- PM appointments continue to be partisan with rewards to FNM cronies
- PLP & FNM continue Friends, Family & Lovers syndrome
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) notes the resignation of the Senate President Kay Forbes-Smith in pursuit of greener pastures and better compensation within the newly established Disaster Reconstruction Authority.
The reality is that the Free National Movement (FNM) has been a disaster over the last three years they have been in office. This heartless and inept administration has continued to embarrass and place more taxes on the Bahamian people since they assumed office almost three years ago.
The DNA maintains that the government's response to Hurricane Dorian has been chaotic and unstructured. The Bahamian people are now being asked to pay for a Minister for Grand Bahama, Parliamentary Secretary for Abaco, Abaco Hurricane Coordinators, Grand Bahama Hurricane Coordinators and the new Disaster Reconstruction Authority. This despite the fact that Government already allocates a budget for NEMA which falls under the Prime Minister’s responsibility.
This increased bureaucracy comes at an additional expense to taxpayers who are being burdened by an increase in VAT to 12%, $650 million borrowing for BPL and another $507 million to finance the fiscal deficit. This is after they increased their food and travel budgets. Just how much more do these out to lunch crew want from struggling Bahamians?
The outgoing Senate President will be remembered for the conflicts of interest in relation to Carnival Cruise Line and undermining the separation of powers under the Westminster system.
The Prime Minister with his recent appointments has continued his partisan governance style which only rewards FNM cronies and supporters while ordinary Bahamians are overlooked.
It is clear that just like the PLP, the FNM's mantra remains: contracts and jobs for family, friends and lovers. The DNA is the only vehicle for real change and meritocracy in The Bahamas.
Omar B. Smith
Democratic National Alliance
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