Saga highlights need to own our economy,
Bahamians should never be used as pawns,
Government must come clean on promises made,
It is time for campaign finance reform,
Advert was unnecessary and sends wrong message
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by the recent saga involving the owner of Compass Point Resort and the Government of The Bahamas.
It was disappointing to see a foreign investor lambast a sitting administration while using the employment of Bahamian workers as a bargaining tool. Simply put, it is totally unacceptable for any investor to use Bahamians as pawns to force the government to meet his demands.
According to news reports, the licence of Compass Point has now been renewed following the public exchange between the parties involved. However, the Bahamian people deserve to know what if any favors were given and what promises were made to the investor in question by the Free National Movement (FNM) to embolden him to issue a public reprimand to a sitting government. This situation brings to mind the unanswered questions surrounding the shady Post Office deal and Prime Minister Minnis’ early hours calls with former Cabinet Minister Brent Symonette guaranteeing the Town Centre Mall the government’s contract.
This recent debacle shines more light on the role that special interest groups play in our political system and the urgent need for campaign finance reform in The Bahamas. While it is unclear whether the investor at the center of this controversy is or was a financier of the FNM, the DNA maintains that until we address this important issue, he who pays the piper will continue to dictate the tune. This is why the DNA has partnered with the Bahamian people in the Change for Change drive that brings transparency and community funding into politics.
We believe that the only special interest in The Bahamas should be the Bahamian people and all efforts should be geared towards the economic empowerment of our people. It is time for Bahamians to own our economy and determine our own destiny. The economic empowerment of our people will go a long way in preventing threats to our jobs and Bahamians being caught in the middle of power tussles.
The DNA says it is time for the emancipation of our people from economic and mental slavery.
Omar B. Smith
Democratic National Alliance