DNA Accepts Prime Minister's Invitation to a Debate
- Mar 31, 2015 - 1:33:33 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
following is a letter send to the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader, Branville
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
the 26th March 2015, at a lecture at the College of the Bahamas with
journalism students, you encouraged a call for a debate between Dr.
Hubert Minnis, the undersigned and your good self. Your words were that
the debate will determine who the better of the three (3) is. Your
invitation to a debate is hereby accepted...
Bradley Roberts: The FNM Must Respect Due Process
- Mar 31, 2015 - 12:31:27 PM
I am here not to defend Minister V. Alfred Gray, but to defend the principle of due process in dispensing justice.
calls by the Attorney General to refrain from commentary on a matter
under active police investigation, Dr. Hubert Minnis and his
parliamentary colleagues continue to show contempt for the principle of
due process as they seek to willfully contaminate the investigative
process and pervert the course of justice for purely political means.
This is disgraceful; Dr. Minnis knows better and stands condemned.
DNA: No "Gray" Area
- Mar 26, 2015 - 4:21:58 PM
The last few weeks in the governance of the country has left
much to be desired. Headlines splashed across the front page of the local
dailies have detailed the latest missteps of this visionless PLP administration.
It would appear that yet again, PM Perry Christie has lost control of those
under his watch and has allowed his band of merry men to run amuck.
Since taking office in 2012, there have been countless
instances of mismanagement, wastage, corruption and cronyism on the part of
this PLP administration. From the government’s handling of the gaming
referendum, to the now infamous LOI scandal involving Renward Wells, to more
recent matters such as the government’s handling of the BEC bribe taker to the
BAMSI Insurance Fiasco and the DPM...
DPM Davis' Communication on Electricity in The Bahamas
- Mar 26, 2015 - 11:51:55 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a communication by The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development:
Ahead of the Progressive
Liberal Party’s election to Government, by our Charter for Governance,
we clearly stated that one of our critical initiatives to change the
economic course of the country would be to find ways to reduce the cost
of electricity. We stated that the cost of electricity throughout The
Bahamas is simply too high, causing untold hardship to families, making
the country uncompetitive in many business areas, and stunting economic
House Communication on Minister Gray by Prime Minister Christie
- Mar 25, 2015 - 7:53:22 PM
In reference to the allegations
recently made against Minister Alfred Gray, the Member for MICAL, Iam
advised that the Hon. Attorney General has referred the matter to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force for a thorough investigation.
As a result of this development,
Minister Gray has invited me to relieve him of his ministerial responsibility
for Local Government pending the outcome of the Police investigation. In all
the circumstances, I consider that this is the correct thing to do.
Accordingly, I have advised Her Excellency the Governor General, pursuant to
Article 77 of the Constitution, to transfer ministerial responsibility for
Local Government from Minister Gray to Minister Hope Strachan...
Opposition Leader's Communication to the House on Minister Alfred Gray
- Mar 25, 2015 - 5:48:19 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Opposition Leader, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, delivered in the House of
Assembly on the matter of Minister Alfred Gray. on March 25th:
I rise to make a communication to this Honourable House on a matter of grave public importance.
was as a result of the efforts of this the Official Opposition that the
alledged troubling abuse of power and unconstitutionality on the part
of Mr. Alfred Gray, MP for MICAL was brought to the light of day.
record is clear. Mr. Gray, Member for MICAL, publicly admitted that he
had spoken to the said Local Magistrate in that Magistrate’s...
DNA: Hope for a Better Brighter Bahamas
- Mar 24, 2015 - 4:41:04 PM
News headlines on
Monday were dominated by the tragic passing of a young mother and her two
daughters who, according to media reports, drowned after becoming trapped in
their vehicle which was seen careening off the Montague Beach ramp on Sunday
night. Though not yet confirmed by local authorities, media reports have
suggested the possibility of a murder suicide which saw the lives of 2 innocent
children snuffed out far too soon.
National Alliance joins the rest of the nation in mourning the loss of this
family. Our condolences go out to the surviving family and friends of the
victims. It is our hope that the peace of God enables them to cope through this
very difficult time...
Dr. Hubert Minnis on the state of BEC and weekend outages
- Mar 19, 2015 - 8:02:32 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement given by
the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, MP on March 17th:
have gathered here today to express our collective outrage over the
state of The Bahamas Electricity Corporation and the tremendous pain and
suffering Bahamian citizens, Bahamian businesses, investors, and their
guests have had to endure due to repeated blackouts and uncertainty over
the future of the Corporation.
Thousands of residents have had to endure the loss of revenue, damage to appliances, spoilage of food, oppressive heat...
Pintard: Leslie Miller is the Wrong Man for BEC Executive Chairman
- Mar 18, 2015 - 11:06:35 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by
Senator Michael Pintard:
catastrophic failure of the generators at Blue Hills due to fire
further highlights the need for new leadership which will have oversight
for The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC). The Bahamas economy is
undergoing a slow recovery and any major negative event or trend has the
potential to further slow or reverse small economic gains anticipated
with the rebound of the world economy. The trends of blackouts,
industrial disputes and constantly changing plans for the future of BEC
are creating tremendous problems for residents and businesses throughout
Bahamas Opposition Leader calls for resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Davis
- Mar 18, 2015 - 9:16:49 PM
It is with regret that the Official
Opposition must address this matter of National Importance at a time
when Deputy Prime Minister Davis is experiencing a personal loss. I
take this opportunity once again to extend my party’s heartfelt
condolences on this sad occasion. However, we are duty bound to ensure
that the government make decisions that do not adversely impact the
lives of thousands of Bahamians who are directly and indirectly affected
by such decisions. It is also our duty to demand accountability when
such adverse decisions are made.
Prime Minister Christie is aware
that the Honorable Phillip Davis misled the House of Assembly when he
told the House several weeks ago that the BAMSI contractor Audley Hanna
had ‘contractors’ all risk insurance’...
Branville McCartney: Procrastination impedes progress
- Mar 18, 2015 - 2:05:47 PM
“You cannot escape
the responsibility of tomorrow, by evading it today”. Those words
famously spoken by former US president Abraham Lincoln are indicative of
the way the Christie administration has chosen to manage the
government’s affairs in the nation’s second city. Since taking office,
the government’s seemingly hands-off approach style of the management of
Freeport has only contributed to feelings of stagnation which plague
residents and business owners there.
While on the campaign trail, this government promised the people of
Grand Bahama a renewed commitment to ensuring a complete turnaround of
that island’s struggling economy...
"DNA Decries The Rank Victimization of Our Armed Forces!"
- Mar 17, 2015 - 1:53:33 PM
For months, members of the country’s
armed forces have been attempting to negotiate with this administration in good
faith with a view to addressing some of their long standing concerns.
Unfortunately those concerns were ignored, and attempts to rekindle those talks
met with tactics of intimidation. In the absence of such dialogue, and with the
full support of the Democratic National Alliance, (DNA) those officers
exercised their right to protest, assembling in a peaceful and organized way
this past Friday to bring public awareness to their plight.
Less than a week after taking that very
public stand and openly criticizing the government’s handling of matters
Brave Davis responds to Leader of The Opposition Dr. Hubert Minnis
- Mar 15, 2015 - 10:00:18 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister:
In reference to today's statement
from the Leader of the Opposition, I thank him for his expressions of
sympathy on the passing of my beloved mother on Friday past. I am sure
he will understand, however, that right now my family and I are in
mourning and preoccupied with funeral preparations. I will therefore
defer making a substantive response to Dr. Minnis until a more
DNA: The big picture on BAMSI
- Mar 13, 2015 - 11:53:02 AM
During his contribution on BAMSI
on Wednesday, Deputy PM Philip Davis sought to downplay the seriousness of this
gross mismanagement of public funds calling pubic concerns a distraction. With
2.6 million dollars in tax payer monies up in smoke, and 5.5 million dollars
being allocated to rebuild the uninsured structure, the Deputy PM’s comments
were flippant and showed a disregard for the rule of law and a level of
disrespect for the Bahamian people. The Democratic National Alliance repeats
its call for his immediate resignation.
Equally culpable, if not more so,
is PM Perry Christie who, as the substantive Minister of Finance holds the
country’s purse strings in his hands. As Minister of Finance it is his ultimate
DNA: Lack of Freedom of Information Sends Clear Message
- Mar 12, 2015 - 10:51:55 PM
Over the past three years of PLP governance,
the rights and liberties upon which this country was founded have been
threatened. Bahamians across the length and breadth of this country have
been victimized, overtaxed, and undervalued. Our countries natural
resources have been sold in back room deals while the men and women
elected by the people to carry out the work of the people have succeeded
only at lining the pockets of their friends, family and lovers.
far, this Christie led administration has failed on all fronts to be
transparent and accountable in its dealings. Instead, their term in
office has been marred by countless acts of BLATANT CORRUPTION on the
part of government officials.
Hubert Chipman Contribution to the Immigration (Amendment) Bill
- Mar 12, 2015 - 4:48:39 PM
Nassau, Bahama - House Of Assembly Contribution to the Immigration
(Amendment) Bill, 2015 by Hon. Hubert Chipman, MP, St. Anne’s Wednesday
March 11, 2015:
This bill before
us provide for an Act to amend the Immigration Act to provide for the
publication of a policy on the exercise of Ministerial discretion, the
establishment of an Immigration Reserve Corps, the establishment of a
Detention Centre and for connected matters. Mr. Speaker the real crux of
this Bill is how we deal with resident belongers permit. I am told and
it was said by the Director of Immigration in one of the dallies that
this issue was being dealt with on a case by case basis. Mr. Speaker,
this was simply because no laws was in place...
DNA Visit with Bahamas Ambassador to Cuba a Success
- Mar 12, 2015 - 3:04:00 PM
The leadership team of
the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) was recently afforded the
opportunity to meet with Bahamian Ambassador to Cuba Her Excellency Alma
Adams and her team at the Embassy in Havana.
visit was part of Diplomatic Mission to Cuba by Party Leader Branville
McCartney, Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer and Chairman Andrew Wilson.
many years, the Bahamas and Cuba have enjoyed a mutually beneficial
diplomatic relationship, partnering on issues ranging from education to
healthcare. As the sole Bahamian representation...
"BAMSI a crime scene," says DNA
- Mar 12, 2015 - 11:22:39 AM
After more than 2 weeks of political
grand standing on the part of government officials, members of this corrupt and
inept PLP administration have finally been forced to come clean about the
latest in what has seemingly become a string of missteps and misdeeds, all at
the expense of the Bahamian public purse.
For weeks now, public speculation and
media investigations overturned no evidence that the company, which allegedly
issued an insurance policy for the 2.6 million dollar BAMSI dorm building even
existed; this despite assurances from both the contractor and the Deputy Prime
Minister that the policy had merely lapsed...
Pintard: Lay the facts relative to BAMSI on the table of the House Minister Gray
- Mar 11, 2015 - 11:43:04 PM
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources seem incapable of directly
answering the most crucial questions or charges leveled at him or the
administration he represents. He
specializes in deflection and passing the buck.
We wish to remind Mr. Gray that he has an obligation to explain the
manner in which he and his colleagues manage the scarce resources of the
date he has not satisfactorily answered a series of questions put to him by the
Free National Movement and the media relative to BAMSI. Instead he repeats some of the same untruths
he did days ago when the Leader of the opposition took a delegation to visit
BAMSI. The Minister knows that all of the buildings at BAMSI, including the
uninsured burnt down male dormitory, are not at all enclosed...
DNA Leadership Holds Productive Talks with Cuban Government
- Mar 11, 2015 - 3:00:20 PM
For many years, the
Bahamas and Cuba have enjoyed a mutually beneficial diplomatic
relationship, which has, in both the long and short term, provided the
platform for communication and the advancement for both our peoples. Now
with the country preparing for a shift in its economic model and
increased development through a renewed relationship with the US, the
stage has been set for even greater collaborations between our two
countries in the future.
of the Democratic National Alliance’s Leadership team which included
Party Leader Branville McCartney, Deputy Leader Christopher Mortimer and
Chairman Andrew Wilson, recently returned to the Bahamas from Cuba
following the first in what is expected to be a series of diplomatic
missions to neighboring Caribbean countries as the party continues its
journey to the 2017 general elections...