Friday, July 23, 2021

Humes Demands Minnis Puts Respect on His Name

Ft Charlotte MP Mark Humes broke his silence in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, requesting that Prime Minister Hubert Minnis respect his position as the sitting MP, after Minnis in a speech, alluded to the party’s newly ratified candidate Dremeco Archer as the next MP for the area.

Humes said, “I think it’s quite disrespectful that, as I am the current member of parliament, sit here in the HOA, the duly elected, and unceremoniously deselected member of parliament. It’s quite disrespectful that my party would speak to or refer to him (Archer) as the next member of parliament.”

His response came after Minnis said, “I call Dremeco Archer, the next Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte,” before being interrupted by Humes.

“There’s no guarantee. The people still have a say in that matter. I would ask for more respect for the current sitting member of parliament until such time as I graciously decide to move aside, if that is what I’m going to do.

“But until such time, I would just ask my dear Prime Minister to give me a little more respect,” Humes said.

Archer was ratified by the Free National Movement in April to run in the 2022 General Election.

Archer is a lawyer by trade and presently serves as president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA).

Back in March, speculation stirred that Humes may not have been renominated for the area. He told Eye Witness News at the time that he would respect his party’s process, stating that he will “let the party do what it has to do,” then he will “see what happens after that.”

But today in the House, he said, “Typically, I’m very quiet here in the House. I listen quite intently to what is taking place. And most of the last few months, I sort of graciously kept silent on most matters, actually for the last four years, [on] most matters that have taken place in Fort Charlotte.”

Minnis said he intended no disrespect or ill intent toward Humes.

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