DNA expresses concern over recent murders

  • Government House should enjoy highest level of security

  • Crime fighting initiatives must restore confidence of the people

  • More resources should be placed to treatment of mental health

  • Thoughts and prayers remain with victims, RBDF, Governor General & staff

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by the news of the gruesome murder of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) marine at Government House earlier today.

Government House is the official residence of the Head of our nation - the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. This historical and monumental property should enjoy the highest level of security in the land. It is therefore troubling that this hallowed property became a crime scene this morning.

This incident brings back painful memories for several Bahamians who have felt the negative effects of the crime epidemic within our country. Many Bahamians still recall the senseless killing of the aide to the Governor General some months ago and are beginning to question the quality of the safety measures surrounding the head of our commonwealth.

Concurrently, the news that a prominent businessman was murdered in Bimini earlier today has sent shock waves throughout that island and community.

It is not difficult to understand why Bahamians would be concerned about their own safety as a result of these recent occurrences. The government must move with haste to allay the fears of the populace and restore the confidence of the people in our crime fighting initiatives.

It is imperative that in addition to fighting the menace of crime, more focus is placed on and resources are allocated to ensure that individuals with mental health challenges receive the requisite attention. This issue must be considered from several perspectives including within the context of the enormous stress under which Bahamians are living today.

On behalf of the DNA, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolence to the families, loved ones and friends of the victims of these violent crimes. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as well as the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Governor General and the staff at Government House during this dark moment.

Buscheme Armbrister, Deputy Leader

Democratic National Alliance

DNA extends condolences on the passing of Bradley Roberts

We are saddened to hear of the passing of the Honourable Bradley Roberts.

Big Bad Brad as he was fondly called in the political arena was an astute politician who served as a Parliamentarian, Cabinet Minister and National Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party. He also served in various capacities on statutory boards and government agencies.

Mr. Roberts was also a historian in his own right and no doubt contributed to the development of our nation and democracy. Many regarded him as a repository of Bahamian political history and a political strategist. While many viewed Mr. Roberts as a polarizing figure in Bahamian politics, he will be remembered as a courageous and passionate wordsmith who loved his country

We salute him for his national service and dedication over the years.

On behalf of the Democratic National Alliance, we offer our deepest condolences to the Roberts family, friends and former colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

May his soul rest in peace.

Arinthia S. Komolafe

Deputy Leader, Democratic National Alliance