Who will be the next GG?
Who will be the next GG?
Nassau, Bahamas — Breaking News coming into Bahamas Press confirms there could be changes at Mount Fitzwilliam before the end of the year.
Sources deep in the OPM tell us that plans are in motion to appoint a new representative for the Queen and Bahamas Press has peeked the short list.
Sources deep in a position to know tell us a Governor General has the function of appointing a Royal Commission of Inquiry, “…And it would be highly impossible for the present holder of the office to set papers to investigate the alleged incidents of corruption and bribery against the former government.”
Both the current Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have levied such charges against the former government.
Bahamas Press has since been combing through the names of a short list now gathering around the table of the Churchill Building and from what we see some impressive potential candidates are already in.
Dame Marguerite Pindling, former wife of the country’s first Prime Minister heads the short list.
Dame Marguerite has served as Deputy to the Governor General under previous governments and some suggest would bring a great wealth of knowledge to a serving Prime Minister.
Dame Marguerite, many agree, is firm, consistent, loyal and will deliver a great deal of charm back to the office. She would also be, if selected, the first women to be appointed under a PLP government.
The first woman ever to hold the post was Dame Ivy Dumont. The former Senator and educator became Acting Governor General on Nov. 13th, 2001 and was confirmed to the post as GG in Jan, 2002.
The second name viewed on the short list is that of former Archbishop His Grace Drexel Wellington Gomez, father of current PLP South and Central Eleuthera MP, Damian Gomez and brother of the Minister of Health, Dr. Perry Gomez.
The appointment could single a major pull towards the present government by the religious community as having selected someone with global appeal as the country’s Head of State.
The move could also signal a major paradigm shift in the direction of the Commonwealth, and one Prince of the Church describe the moves this way: “To appoint a man like Bishop Drexel having the strong traits of moral convictions, impeccable character, global reach, and a spiritual connection could only send the Bahamas into the realms of a new day. It would send us as a people in the right direction for as the scripture says, “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice’!”
Another candidate being eyed is the powerful former Deputy Prime Minister and MP for St Cecilia Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt.
Mother Pratt first entered the Parliament back in 1992 and has been rising higher since that day. Some tell us she is indeed ready to take on any assignment offered to her by the new government.
She, we believe, could be the ‘dark horse’ headed to being the next Queen’s representative.
Other names being entered on that short list according to sources include former Speaker of the Parliament Sir Arlington Butler, Dr. Elwood Donaldson, Former Supreme Court Justice Rubie Nottage and former Attorney General Sean McWeeney.
One source deep in the OPM tell us, “The Prime Minister, just like the team he assembled for the General Elections, has a heavy stack of cards and any of the persons listed would definitely serve the Bahamian people well.”
BP has learnt current Governor General Sir Arthur and Lady Joan Foulkes are concluding a trip Cuba.