Oswald Brown Writes
Phillipa “Lady” Russell made a very profound observation when she called into Steve McKinney’s HARD COPY radio talk show on LOVE-97 this afternoon. She noted that Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, who is the minister responsible for immigration, is also a sitting member of the Boundaries Commission, which will recommend to the government how the new electoral boundaries should be configured for the next general election.
On the surface it would appear that there’s nothing wrong with Symonette being on the Boundaries Commission, but the scandalous manner in which the FNM government recently has been “secretly” granting wholesale citizenships paints a different picture. Symonette also happens to be the person who signs off on those citizenships, so at the very least the conclusion can be reached that “something fishy” is involved in the FNM’s decision to be granting so many new citizenships only months before the next general election. That “something fishy” clearly is the FNM government’s attempt to ingratiate itself with these new citizens, hoping that they would should their appreciation and vote for FNM candidates in the coming election.
This is a total disgrace and every natural-born Bahamian should be offended by this deceptively cunning ploy by Hubert Ingraham and his FNM government. It is clear that the plan is designed to gain the support of the Haitian population in The Bahamas, but what makes this so dangerous is that no one knows just how Haitians, illegal and otherwise, are in this country and no one knows how many of these new citizenships have been handed out by Brent Symonette and the FNM government to Haitians. Indeed, the process in granting the citizenships has not been open and transparent; in fact, it has been secretly carried out.
This is, as I’ve noted, certainly reason for concern, but unless there is widespread protest by the Bahamian people against the selling out of our country to foreigners purely for political reasons, it is quite possible that Haitian nationals will determine the outcome of the next general election.