Originally the Free National Movement (FNM) leader Dr. Hubert Minnis had spoken lies about the Bahamian government calling their leader corrupt. When asked to apologies for his untruthful words Minnis refused. He was named and removed from the house for two meetings sparking the entire FNM party to boycott the House of Assembly.
Now the Free National Movement (FNM) is under heavy criticism from members of Parliament for deciding to boycott the House of Assembly. The disapproval came as parliamentarians debated legislation meant to aid the government’s crime fighting ability and to strengthen the judicial system.
Central and South Eleuthera MP Damian Gomez called the act “irresponsible” for them not to be present during something that is supposed to advance the crime fighting ability of a country that has enough crime as it is.
Gomez spoke saying, “it is unfortunate, that members opposite are not here to participate in this most far-reaching attempt to improve our criminal justice system and to enable the authorities to more efficiently prosecute criminals.”
The Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell also responded to the actions of the FNM by saying, “We can’t help but notice that the front bench on the other side is empty. We have to ask ourselves why are they not here in this important debate to make a contribution toward the development of public policy.”
FNM members will hopefully return for the next meeting on October 2nd however it is unsure whether they will be present.