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Minnis Responds To Gibson Over MPs Reimbursement

Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis Tuesday responded to comments made by Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson who has called for Free National Movement MPs to reimburse the Treasury for the days they have failed to show up at the House of Assembly.

Seven of the eight FNM MPs have vowed to stay out of the House as a protest against the suspension of Dr. Minnis.

Dr. Minnis was suspended last week for two sittings after he refused to withdraw remarks he made on the floor.

That suspension led to Opposition MPs being escorted by police from the lower chamber.

However, Mr. Gibson said in the House on Monday that the actions of the FNM MPs was unacceptable and each MP should return to the House with a cheque written out to the Treasury as payment for the days they missed.

“When an employee does not show up at work, there are consequences and these members should also know that they too must show up,” Mr. Gibson said.

However, Dr. Minnis responded to Mr. Gibson and said that he should spend his time concerned with the behaviour of his own members.

“Each member is given $1,500 a month for their constituency offices,” he said. “But how many of those offices sit there unopened. Where is the money going what is it being used for?

Dr. Minnis said that he and his members will be in the House when it resumes after the summer recess on October 2.

Meantime, a similar protest is expected to take place in the Senate today.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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