by Craig Butler
The suspension of contracts awarded by the former PLP government before the May general election is a dangerous precedent being set by the new FNM government.
It matters not who the government is at the time of the awarding of a contract. What matters is that we must be confident in the fact that the government has the authority to enter into contractual negotiations with whomever they please.
The FNM stated that the PLP entered into some $80 million worth of contracts shortly before the election. They promised to review the same on taking office, and they have indeed attempted to do just that.
However, more accountability is needed for the Bahamian people to be fully informed as to why these reviews are being carried out. Senator Jerome Fitzgerald had accused the new government of creating an atmosphere of intimidation. As long as questions remain unanswered this statement will be seen to be meritorious.