Mr. Roberts charged that Brent Symonette, son of the UBP's Premier Roland Symonette and Chairman of the Airport Authority; Frank Watson, Deputy Prime Minister and James Knowles Minister for Agriculture were in involved in corrupt activities.
In Mr. Symonette's case, he owns a company that he gave the contract to pave the road around the Nassau International Airport of which he is the Chairman of the owning authority.
Then the fool went to the press and agreed that he
did own the company and did in fact award the contract it, but said that his
brother was the majority shareholder not him.
A distinction without a difference.
A clear conflict of interest.
Last week, we carried the headline that highlighted three members of the Ingraham Government that were alleged to be corrupt.
Bradley Roberts Chairman of the PLP demanded their resignations: Brent Symonette (pictured), Head of the Airport Authority; Frank Watson, Deputy Prime Minister and James Knowles, Minister of Agriculture.
went down like a fly.
must now bear the label corrupt.
took a parting shot in his
resignation directed by the Prime Minister on Wednesday 20th June.
said that he
hoped that Mr. Roberts' allegations did not come about as a result of his
efforts to collect moneys owed to the Airport Authority
by a company which has a lease at the airport in which Mr. Roberts has shares.
does not get the point.
who is the son for the first Premier of The Bahamas Sir Roland Symonette learned nothing from his
father's political experience.
On Thursday 21 June, Brent Symonette
, still not realizing the magnitude of his
folly, issued a statement in which he
said that after he
is vindicated he
would return to active politics.
This followed the story in the Bahama Journal
that the Chief Slave Hubert Ingraham has decided that Brent
can no longer run for the UBP's seat in Montagu, a basically all white constituency.
Of course, the ethics don't matter to those people who are FNM
The only thing that matters is the colour of his
skin and the fact that he
is an FNM
But interestingly enough it confirms what we had been saying that William Allen, the hapless Minister of Finance and present Montagu representative is out and Brent is in.
Wouldn't you have liked to have been a fly on the wall when Lady Symonette, the dowager Queen of the United Bahamian Party (UBP) got the call that her
Chief Slave Hubert Ingraham, the man they had bought and paid for was going to fire Brent Symonette her
well beloved son.
The uppity overseer has the temerity to fire the Mistresses' son.
But the public must really see through this scam.
The key to all of this is the orchestrated resignation of Brent Symonette
In the middle of a news conference on Tuesday 19 June, Mr. Symonette announced that he was resigning as Chairman of the Airport Authority.
He had been invited to tender his resignation by the Minister of Transport C. A. Smith.
Now the reason why Mr. Smith invited Mr. Symonette to resign according to Mr. Symonette: "… Was my failure to have communicated the issue of this contract to the Board of Directors of the Airport Authority.
who is already a rich man could not be satisfied with what he
family want more.
This is the same man who accused the PLP
of playing the race card when the PLP
awarding a contract to Americans to run a parking lot at the Bahamian airport in Nassau.
Mind you he
went to school at St. Andrew's when the school was a whites only institution.
But there's more.
A day hadn't gone by when Wendall Jones' Bahama Journal
published a story indicating that Mr. Symonette
would not be getting the Montagu nomination because of the crooked deal that he
Now the uppity Negro Chief Slave had gone too far.
If Brent Symonette
had to resign because he
was involved in a conflict of interest with the allocation of a Government contract, then certainly Frank Watson (pictured in this Tribune photo) must go as well.