September 3, 2020
Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Carl Culmer Sr. issued the following statement regarding PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell’s behaviour in Grand Bahama after returning from the United States:
“The PLP consistently puts politics over the people. That’s how they governed during their last disastrous term in office. Their interests were always more important than those of hardworking Bahamians.
“Fred Mitchell put politics over the people yesterday when he returned to The Bahamas after a prolonged stay in the United States. He landed in Grand Bahama and rather than immediately heading into quarantine, as the COVID-19 protocols call for, Mitchell was seen giving an interview to ZNS News. It is disappointing that the Chairman of the Opposition party would conduct himself in this manner.
“Mitchell’s conduct shows politics and seeking power are the things foremost in his mind. The PLP’s Chairman clearly thinks he is better than the people. To him there is one set of guidelines for regular Bahamians and another for him.
“Embarrassed by media questions, I see that Mitchell now says in an interview with The Nassau Guardian that he is in quarantine. He should not have done the interview and immediately gone into quarantine. That would have been the responsible thing to do. We hope Mitchell learns from his error and is more responsible going forward.
“Throughout this historic pandemic the PLP has made conflicting and contradictory statements. They have been against strong measures; then for them; then against them again. The PLP’s flip-flops on COVID-19 policies demonstrate the party is still not fit to govern.
“Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, is doing the hard work to reduce our COVID-19 numbers and restore our economy. We are fortunate that he and the FNM are in power rather than the woeful PLP.”