Nassau, Bahamas — Chaos and pandemonium broke out at the Bible Truth Ministries last night where FNM MPs and goons of the Prime Minister, met with former Haitian squatters of the Mackey Yard community.
Now get this, the government of the FNM is seeking to build homes in the area on land own by the people of the Bahamas. The FNM has concluded that it will offer to the Haitian-Bahamians, who were former residents at the site title to land if they qualified.
Brensil Rolle MP for the area noted his government is seeking to “Regularize Bahamians”, but how can such a thing be done?
The meeting started on time but police were called in to escort a Bahamian out of the room. Officers were alleged to have been called by known political hack, Peter Carey. Carey you should note is not an employee of the Housing Department nor is he an organizer of the event. So by what authority did he come?
Chaos erupted when a white American married to a Bahamian woman began to lecture Kenneth Russell on the direction the FNM government is taking country. He chided members of the Haitian community concluding what the government was doing was unconscionable.
He told Minister Russell, “When I turn on my electrical switch, BEC meter is running, and I have to pay for it. When persons in the Haitian villages turn on their switch, I am still paying for it. Something must be wrong with that!”
The statement drew outbursts of loud talk from some of the Mackey Yard residents.
Another Bahamian lady attending the event told BP, “For the life of me it took me 10 years to get my home in the area. I had to pay some $70,000 for the land. How is it foreigners, some who just reach, and get worked through the system by this government; get documented and land at the same time months before an election? This cannot be right and the FNM government need to pack their bags and go!” she said in anger.
Additionally more than 10,000 Bahamians are on the waiting list for assignment of homes from the Housing Department, yet the Government has turned a blind eye to them and is in Mackey Yard!
Some 50 Haitian national and former residents in the Mackey Yard showed up at the announced meeting. Some were unable to express their thoughts clearly in English.
Bahamas Press wonders how it is officers of the immigration department were not in attendance at the meeting? We believe they should have been present to discover who had legal status and who didn’t and who should have been deported on the spot. Jack Thompson and his band of work permit approvers never showed up to the meeting. We believe this is part of the deception to give status and rights to foreigners in our Bahamaland!
We call on Civil Servants to do your jobs without fear or favours, because Papa soon GO!
Former Editor of the Nassau Guardian also weighed in on the situation on Facebook.
I am not xenophobic, but if it is true that this whole Mackey Yard situation is being used by the FNM Government to win Haitian votes, this is disgraceful.
I have always advocated that the Bahamas government should take definite steps to legally control the influx of Haitians into this country by introducing a system similar to “The Contract” arrangement farmers in the United States had with The Bahamas in the 1950s and 1960s. Under this agreement, farm workers were recruited from The Bahamas for a specified period of time to harvest crop, and after their “contracted” period expired, they were returned to The Bahamas.
To “reward” Haitians who originally came to this country illegally in the manner the FNM government is proposing to do is totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated by any Bahamian, no matter what side of the political divide he or she is on.
However, it is quite clear that Ingraham and the FNM recognize that they will be tossed out of office in the next election and they are using all sorts of devious means to try and prevent that from happening, including the widespread habit over the past several months of swearing in groups “new” Bahamians every week. What I still don’t understand is why the mainstream media have not reported on this disgraceful practice.