Tuesday, September 26, 2023

PLP Says Resignation of Health Minister Is the Right Decision

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Opposition Chairman says “no one is above the law”

Following Health Minister Duane Sands’ letter of resignation to Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, the Progressive Liberal Party said it was the “right decision” he made.

Dr. Sands tendered his resignation after a “breach of protocol” following allowance of a couple in the Bahamas who donated 2500 test kits.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Sands “breached protocol” when he permitted six people, which were initially reported to be two people, through the shut border.

Opposition Chairman Fred Mitchell said the Progressive Liberal Party’s position on the matter has always been “that he (Duane Sands) must go and go now with no excuses,  gamesmanship or rumination.”

In a press statement, Mitchell said, “This is the right decision because Bahamians already feel and are disgusted with what appears to be two sets of rules – one for the FNM and their friends, donors and cronies – and one for everybody else.”

Mitchell said if Dr. Sands is allowed to continue as Minister of Health, he would distract the government’s effort in fighting the spread of COVID-19. “Bahamians are well aware of the fact that there are hundreds of Bahamians trapped abroad, with no money or accommodations, who’ve been left to suffer and feel abandoned while the FNM government selectively allows their politically connected friends to enter the country.”

Mitchell said nobody is above the law and everybody should be held accountable for their actions.

Dr. Minnis announced on Monday that his government is working to bring over 200 Bahamians home.

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