When the House members leave the floor of the Parliament, what could Christie, Ingraham and Co. be cooking up for their next public fight? Bahamaspress.com is certain, based on information now in our possession, that Mr. Christie more then Laing, wants ‘Mona Vie’ to go away. PLPs are not aware of that just yet, read details below.
– Before we can even release our story and present our findings on this blog, members of the PLP’s public relations arm were already placing a spin on our headline announcement of Mr. Christie and his apparent silent reaction to the ‘Mona Vie’/Laing saga. As if to caution revelations coming to our desk [read our rss comments below.] However, we can confirm that a brother, in the former PLP Cabinet has yet to be announced for his involvement of items seized by the Customs Department, including tons of foreign liquors in the Bluff on Andros, back in 2005.
Like the premature comments on developments amounting to some $20 billion dollars in foreign direct investments and groundbreakings before May 2nd, 2007, members of theshould think before they talk, and listen before they speak. Tuesday [the night of the PLP’s rally] was April Fool’s Day, but who they think they were fooling calling a rally to talk about ‘Mona Vie’, whilst the leader spoke in silent to the issue?
Bahamaspress.com said around , that we are, “…ready to release information coming to our attention as to why former Prime Minister and leader of the PLP appears to stay in the shadow of the ‘Mona Vie’ scandal involving Junior Minister Zhivargo Laing.”
Standing in the rain last night, members of the PLP waited as they listened tos edited message to supporters in the country. The PLP circulated Tuesday online and on the broadcast media, the announcement of the town meeting, saying it would highlight, “…the continuing conflict of interest scandal involving the Junior Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister’s position on the matter will be discussed.”
However after waiting on the long list of speakers, eager listeners on radio heard former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition Rt. Hon., again shuffled around the scandal involving Zhivargo Laing.
Bahamaspress.com notes, just if no one remembers, at a PLP press conference on March 19th, members of the released a report of their findings surrounding the ‘Mona Vie’ scandal. The report was read and presented to the media by leader of opposition business in the House, Dr. Bernard Nottage. Mr. Christie did not speak nor lead the party’s fact-finding mission at the press conference, but rather sat “paralyzed looking” in the corner of the room.
Then, a debate erupted in the House of Assembly where Prime Minister Rt. Honourable Hubert Ingraham defended Laing and said, “I have concluded that Minister Laing acted within the scope and ambit of the authority delegated and entrusted to him by myself as Minister of Finance.”
Days after reading his colleague’s report [the same report Christie sat paralyzed-looking when delivered] and after Prime Minister Ingraham made his statements of confidence in Laing in the House of Assembly, Mr. Christie finally released a statement through his spokesman. And with apparent reluctance, called for Laing to, “explain why he did not remove himself from any aspect of this decision. His decision aided his family members.” The statement read.
Noting all this, added to last evening, Mr. Christie did not touch the word ‘Mona Vie’. In fact his full text was never released for public viewing on the party’s website. One must wonder if Mr. Christie has fear with the words; “Mona Vie”, “Scandal”, or “Customs Department!”
Exactly three years ago, back in April 2, 2005 members of the customs department landed in Andros responding to a tip, that trailers filled with items were being smuggled intoand shipped to in smaller portions. During that seizure, members of the daily press sought to attack the then Minister of Immigration for being a conspirator with the persons moving the items into in their quest to evade tariffs on the items. The untaxed items in the raid were vehicles along with illegal immigrants, along with other items.
According to customs officials at the time, the minister’s name [Peet] had come up in their investigation and suggested that allegations against the then Minister of Immigration had been personally or politically motivated.
The minister also denied any involvement and dismissed the charges as “total and utter nonsense.” The minister then went on record in the media, stating that he fully support the investigations.
However since that incident, not a single person has been brought before the courts for this illegal peddling of items. To this date there has been not a word on the results of the investigation from John Rolle, the former Comptroller, nor the former minister in charge of Customs, former Prime Minister.
Documents coming to Bahamaspress.com revealed the names listed in that investigation, especially with attached comments to a second raid in Morgan’s Bluff, Andros that same week. The raid netted yet another host of untaxed items including luxury cars, motorcycles, a boat, a tractor head and a trailer full of alcoholic beverages, customs announced in the report to the media. John Rolle went as far as to say that the raid was not as significant as the first, where over $290,000 worth of items were seized.
Persons close to the investigation asked the same question we at Bahamaspress.com are asking, “Why have the results of this investigation never come to the fore?” Was aware that someone in his Cabinet, possibly defrauding the custom’s department, the same department he headed as Minister of Finance? And if Mr. Christie was unaware of the incident that bears the name of a brother who sat in his Cabinet, what did the former prime minister do to see that the laws governing this area of government were upheld and that investigation concluded with persons coming before the courts?
Perhaps, Mr. Ingraham needs to ask for the results of that Morgan Bluff raid back in 2005.
Or better yet, Love97Fm should send a team down to Eleuthera again and ask former Comptroller of Customs a simple question. Who was the owner of the items seized in the Morgan Bluff raid in Andros, back in April, 2005?
Now we know why the leader of the PLP, is appearing to avoid anything named “Mona Vie”.