When the now leader of the upstart political party The DNA quit the FNM last year, the only reason he gave was, ” My hands are tied”. Many took it to mean and speculated that PM Hubert Ingraham was interfering in his(Bran’s) duties.
Up til now, Bran has never clarified by denying or agreeing (at least not publicly) with that speculation.
But with the “Mackey Yard” land give-away controversy on the tips of everyone’s tongue, Bran has finally confirmed it;
He was being hampered in his ability to do his job by the Prime Minister.
“When I resigned I said my hands are tied. We are being stagnated. My hands are tied. Those are the words I used. When you have persons telling you, ‘no one told you to do this’; ‘you did not get my permission to do that’. When you have persons ahead of you telling you that, what are you to do?” Mr McCartney asked.
“We do not have the political will to deal with this illegal immigration problem. We can deal with it, but we just need the political will. We won’t eradicate it totally, but we can bring it down to a manageable level. The Free National Movement (FNM) does not have the political will to deal with it for some reason. Every time I tried to do things there was a problem,” he said
This is a direct quote taken from the Tribune article
He went on to give 3 examples of programs and initiatives that were blocked by The PM
- A proposed Amendment to the Immigration act that would make it illegal for Bahamians to Harbour Illegal Immigrants
- A Special Unit to deal with Shanty Towns
- An Immigration Watch Program that would be a clone of the proven Crime Watch Programs
After being repeatedly blocked and stagnated Mr McCartney felt he could not effectively perform his duties and quit as the Minister of Immigration for the Free National Movement and later resigned from the party.
What do you think of Mr. McCartney’s Claims?