Mother Apologizes to PM for Lock-down Motorcade
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The Eleutheran mother said the motorcade was in honor of her son who recently passed away; the PLP chimes in on the matter
Angelisa Richards, the mother of a young man who suddenly died on that island, issued an apology to Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, in a social media post.
“At this time, I wish to extend my sincere apology to our Prime Minister and the residence of Eleuthera as it relates to the drive-by motorcade,” she said.
Speaking at the national address on Sunday, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis expressed disappointment in the participants of the motorcade, who celebrated during the lockdown.
The images circulated social media.
“I must say that I am extremely disappointed in the behavior of those in South Eleuthera who had engaged in a car motorcade on Friday,” Dr. Minnis said.
However, in Richards’ apology post, she explained that the motorcade was held in her son’s honor. She said her son, whom she referred to as “Deo,” died on Tuesday.
Richards said he was “loved and respected by all he came into contact with,” so “his friends decided to have a simple drive-by around the community where he lived and by my mom’s house in honor of him.”
She said no harm was intended and “it was not intended to become a national issue.”
Richards stated that during the motorcade, participants adhered to the social distancing protocol.
However, PLP Leader Philip Davis chastised Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, calling his address on the matter, an “attack.”
“The Prime Minister chose to attack a small group of young people in South Eleuthera who drove in a motorcade in memory of their fallen friend,” Davis said.
“At the same time, however, he had no comment on what took place in a church at the funeral of an FNM general also in Eleuthera, that was attended by the FNM’s member of parliament and dozens of mourners reportedly without the necessary social distancing,” he continued.
PLP Senator Clay Sweeting joined the attack asking the Prime Minister, “How long can a society remain locked up? “