Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis gave notice to the House of Assembly today of his intention to bring a resolution for a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Davis accused Minnis of misleading the House of Assembly in his dealings with St. Anne’s MP Brent Symonette, the co-owner of Town Centre Mall.
“…in his endorsement and approval of the resolution, the member for Killarney knowingly and deliberately misled Parliament and House members in that he said that the Member for St. Anne’s was not involved in the discussions, negotiations and/or the decision concerning the lease or its terms.”
Davis was referring to the government’s resolution to lease the Town Centre Mall for the relocation of the General Post Office, which was passed in the House of Assembly on October 24, 2018.
As he read his own resolution today, Davis pointed that Symonette publicly admitted that he did discuss the matter with Minnis.
Symonette revealed that he and the prime minister discussed the terms of the lease when the prime minister called him on the matter. He did not say when the call was made, but indicated it came ahead of that resolution.
The revelation about the phone call intensified the controversy with some critics suggesting that the phone call contradicted the prime minister’s statement that Symonette had not been involved in any discussions regarding the Town Centre Mall decision.
“He was not allowed to participate in the discussions or the decision to lease space within the mall for the General Post Office,” Minnis said in the House of Assembly last October.
Symonette later resigned from Cabinet in July. He said was unrelated to conflict of interest claims concerning the post office.
He said he had always intended to leave the Cabinet at 65. He will turn 65 in this month.
Source: The Nassau Guardian.