For Immediate Release
4th May 2020
The position of the PLP regarding this violation of the Emergency Orders by Dr. Duane Sands was always that he must go and go now with no excuses, gamesmanship or rumination. The PLP is not interested in an FNM public relations stunt.
This is the right decision because Bahamians already feel and are disgusted with what appears to be two sets of rules - one for the FNM and their friends, donors and cronies - and one for everybody else. Continuing in his position could only serve as a distraction from the government's principal focus of fighting against the spread of COVID-19.
Bahamians are well aware of the fact that there are hundreds of Bahamians trapped abroad, with no money or accommodations, who’ve been left to suffer and feel abandoned while the FNM government selectively allows their politically connected friends to enter the country.
I refer to Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, who resigned after breaking curfew rules during the COVID-19 outbreak. She came under heavy public scrutiny and criticism for twice visiting her second home during the curfew. Like Dr. Sands, Ms. Calderwood determined that in light of the public rancor, continuing in her position was too much of a distraction to the government's efforts and therefore untenable. She placed the objectives of the government and the public interest above her personal interests.
We point out yet again that the Prime Minister, the competent Authority, has sanctioned and defended the arrests, prosecution, fine and imprisonment of Bahamains found to be in breach of the Emergency Orders, but up to this point he has given himself, his party donors and his political cronies a pass to continue to show disdain for the rule of law.
This has sent the wrong message to our people as nobody is above the law and everybody should be held accountable for their actions.