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Roberts : Minnis and Butler -Turner Need To Speak Clearer

Former PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts had some strong words for former PLP colleague Andre Rollins and urged FNM leader Hubert Minnis and party member Loretta Butler Turner to hold their colleague accountable for his comments.

Roberts said that comments made by Rollins were out of line and that he has lost all credibility a politician.

“During his contribution to the 2016/2017 Budget Debate yesterday, Fort Charlotte M.P. Dr Andre Rollins threatened that a future FNM Government “reserve the right to void any and all agreements deemed to be contrary to the Sovereign interest of The Bahamas.

“He was speaking specifically in the context of matters on Baha Mar.

While this is a highly reckless and irresponsible statement for any Member of Parliament to make and while by and large the public no longer takes Rollins seriously, ” Mr. Roberts said.

He added that the comments were unfounded and would lead to the spread of misinformation.

“Rollins allegations of the Government ‘conspiring’ with the Chinese is utter nonsense and is reflective of Rollins been used to spread sick propaganda, Mr. Roberts said.

Roberts also said that the silence of the two FNM stalwarts give the impression that they share the same sentiments.

“ The significance of this statement is due to the fact that it was made in the presence of both the present leader of the FMN, Dr Hubert Minnis and that of Mrs. Loretta Butler-Turner who has signalled her intention to challenge for such leadership at the upcoming convention of that Party.

“Their silence has the potential to cause persons outside of the country to think that Minnis and/or Butler-Turner condone the remarks, ” Mr. Roberts said.

He said that despite whatever party is in power foreign entities seeking to invest in the country must believe that they can work hand in hand with whatever regime is in place.

“All investors, regardless of nationality, must have confidence in the Country and its Governance, regardless of the party in power.  Dr Minnis and Mrs. Butler-Turner must each affirm his or her personal commitment to policies, which affirm that principle.

“He and she must make clear that Nationalization of privately held property will not be an instrument of public policy of an FNM led by him or her; similarly each must make clear that he or she respects the independence of the judiciary.

The FNM Convention is scheduled for November 15-19.


Written by Jones Bahamas

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