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Now Name And Shame Non-Disclosure Mps

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis called yesterday on Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to live up to his pre-election promises and identify those who have not declared their assets and liabilities to the Public Disclosure Commission in accordance with the Public Disclosure Act.

PDC chairman Myles Laroda told The Nassau Guardian last week three people, two senators and a parliamentarian, failed to make their disclosure by the March 31 extended deadline earlier this year.

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Leader of the Opposition Philip ‘Brave’ Davis. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff

The Public Disclosure Act empowers only two people to act on such information: the prime minister and the leader of the opposition. Either of them can publish the information through a communication in the House of Assembly or cause for it to be laid in the Senate. Either can authorise that the information be presented to the attorney general or commissioner of police so those who failed to disclose could face a penalty. The penalty for not disclosing is a $10,000 fine and/or up to two years in prison.

Yesterday, Mr Davis said he will be looking into exercising his rights under the act.

However, he said given Dr Minnis’ past rhetoric, he should act without hesitation.

In 2014, while in opposition, Dr Minnis said parliamentarians who failed to make their financial disclosures should be arrested.

“I can tell you that I have disclosed,” he said at the time. “I can tell you that the opposition has disclosed. You would do me a great favour, you and the Bahamian pubic –– set an example, march and force them to disclose.

“And the police should lock them up. That’s the job of the police. They must disclose.”

After he won the May 2017 general election, Dr Minnis also set July 3, 2017 as a deadline by which all delinquent disclosures were to be sent, failing which information would be sent to the Office of the Attorney General.

That deadline passed without him taking any action.

Mr Davis said he received a letter from Mr Laroda earlier this year informing him of several Progressive Liberal Party members who had missing disclosures.

“They had several outstanding declarations over the years,” he said. “It appeared to me they did an audit of all persons and from that audit they were able to point out gaps and persons who had not disclosed.”

Since then, he said all PLPs are up to date with their disclosures, adding the three people who missed the recent deadline are not from his party.

Comments

ConchFretter 1 year ago

Yawn... tired of the rhetoric. Someone wake me up when those who did not disclose are either outed and/or punished.

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Socrates 1 year ago

why is disclosing public, but if you don't, its kept private?

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TheMadHatter 1 year ago

Bark bark bark ... no bite.

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hrysippus 1 year ago

Politicians are an ambitious breed, Ambition, a subtle form of greed, They wish to chieve without recourse, To Depleting their personal resource, Instead they'll tax both you and me, To give us gifts they claim are free, Expect ing from us our gratitude, while coining some easy platitude, But those coins theycome from out our purse, Our finances bcoming that much worse. But the politician somehow gets rich, Suckers, life is such a bit ch-oice.

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Sickened 1 year ago

Two lousy leaders. One who doesn't do as he says and the other who is too scared to do anything.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year ago

The arrogance of the dimwitted Doc is now such that none of us will hear peep from him about those MPs who remain non-compliant with their financial disclosures required by law. Most FNM MPs no longer respond to threats of any kind from Minnis because they now know he is already a lame-duck PM for all intents and purposes, or, as they like to say behind his back, a one and done PM.

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licks2 1 year ago

I was about to agree with you. . .you tend to just be such a ninny when it comes to common sense. . .you can't even tell when you have a trump. . .off you go into the wild blue yonder talking all kind of drivel. . .making no sense. . .splashing muddy water everywhere except where it suppose to go! But I am forced to agree with the general mark of this post. . .DOC PROMISED HE WOULD DEAL WITH MPS WHO DON'T FILE. . .HE SAID WHAT HE MEAN. . .NOW HE MUST DO SO OR LOOK LIKE A WOOS. . .

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sheeprunner12 1 year ago

Sooooooo, are we to assume that the three delinquents are FNMs?????

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year ago

Nooooooooo, because one of them Minnis would not name if his life depended on it.....therefore unlikely he will discriminate and name the other two.

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licks2 1 year ago

You will call Brent Symonette's name now. . .

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joeblow 1 year ago

I hope Brave continues to be this verbal and supportive in exposing the misdeeds of the former administration!

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licks2 1 year ago

Well. . .doc has let the next shoe dropped. . . the chair of that committee came on the 6pm news and said that Doc asked why come to him with the names. . .he must do his duty. . .take the names to the AG office. . .just two Senators left now!! Lets see "who them two is". . .have a feeling one of them ger be Fred!!

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