By INIGO ‘NAUGHTY’ ZENICAZELAYA
AS we saunter by means of the COViD-19 international pandemic, with social distancing protocols nonetheless in impact, nightly curfews and weekend lockdowns persevering with. We noticed issues get much more attention-grabbing, with a whole two week, 24-hour island vast lockdown in Bimini,
Minister of Nationwide Safety Marvin Dames on the defensive and PLP chairman Fred Mitchell air the nation’s soiled laundry in Jamaica.
Let’s have a more in-depth look inside this unusual bag of M & M’s, earlier than “Mattie” hits us with one other “prophecy”.
(One other M for you.)
It’s apparent Bimini is having its issues adhering to social distancing protocols, along with the nationwide curfews and lockdowns.
Thus far, well being officers have confirmed a complete of 13 instances of COVID-19 on Bimini, making Bimini a really lively “hotspot”.
Forcing Prime Minister Minnis to make one other robust resolution, in already robust instances.
I’m no ‘Minnisite’ however I do consider in giving credit score the place credit score is due.
All all through this ordeal Minnis has been constant, addressing the nation on time, though he’s a bit long-winded within the course of, Minnis tries his greatest to maintain the nation knowledgeable and abreast of the ever-changing panorama of the worldwide COViD-19 pandemic, and its impending impacts on The Bahamas.
And, would possibly I add, Doc has stored a stiff higher lip all through, regardless of quite a few fake pas from members of his Cupboard and sure branches of the FNM.
Addressing the media, Minnis was to the purpose, honest and agency, relating to the state of affairs in Bimini.
“This entire lockdown will take impact starting, Monday, Could 18, at 9pm till Saturday, Could 30, at 12:00 midnight.
“This date can be prolonged to a complete of 14 days when Parliament reconvenes.
“I observe that related lockdown intervals have been utilized in different international locations to assist to manage the unfold of COVID-19
“This measure is totally crucial with a view to save and to guard the lives of the residents of Bimini. Epidemiological administration of the COVID-19 outbreak in Bimini requires strict adherence to shelter in place to stop and to manage the unfold, which can worsen if preventative measures will not be taken shortly and adhered to.”
Bimini has been categorised as a COVID-19 hotspot by well being officers.
This lockdown is being carried out to gradual and management the unfold of the virus on the island, as the primary COVID-19-related loss of life was recorded on Bimini.
Now if ‘Doc’ will be as constant and honest, in disciplining his Cupboard, as he’s in coping with the COViD-19 pandemic, the nation could be off and operating!
Talking of consistency, Minister of Nationwide Safety Marvin Dames, was the mannequin of consistency in defending members of his ministry.
Within the first occasion, Dames was fast to defend Debra Thompson, the lead investigator within the bribery case towards former Cupboard minister Shane Gibson, regardless of her controversial promotion in rank to Superintendent, from Assistant Superintendent.
Dames’s supplied these feedback with reference to Thompson’s promotion.
“The Commissioner makes a advice as to who he would want to advocate. That’s his pressure, I might’ve gone on file to discuss the officer in query who would’ve labored underneath me whereas I served and I’ve the utmost, I repeat, the utmost confidence in her integrity and her skill.”
Within the second occasion, Dames rightfully defended the RBPF towards public criticism of their policing throughout the curfew and lockdowns.
Contemplating the quite a few home events with no social distancing protocols being practised, all of the whereas being broadcast over social media.
On this case, I need to agree with Dames, officers of the RBPF can’t be in all places without delay throughout an island-wide curfew or lockdown.
Policing takes on a complete new complexion in precarious instances like these, so it falls on us the citizenry to assist bridge the hole, we’re all on this collectively.
If you happen to see home events or giant teams of individuals breaking the curfew and never practising social distancing protocols, merely name 311 and report the matter to the management room, and watch how briskly the issue is solved.
And now that’s not thought of ‘snitching’, it’s extra like survival!
Lastly there’s one other doubtful space the place Dames can be very constant, crime statistics.
I’m typically amazed, that with out fail, if the nation has two or extra murders in per week, Dames will make his signature announcement to the media like clockwork.
“Regardless of the current spate of murders, crime is down within the nation.”
How does that equate, 4 murders this month, however crime is down?
Who’s actually serving to you along with your math logic, Marvin? Miriam from MICAL?
(There’s two extra bonus M’s for you by the best way).
I’m satisfied PLP chairman Fred Mitchell is in love with the ‘politics’ of politics greater than the rest.
Clearly lacking the political highlight, Mitchell took to the Jamaican media to air the nation’s ‘soiled laundry’.
Mr Mitchell was significantly candid in relation to the “Swab Scandal” and Dr Duane Sands’ subsequent resignation, and to not be forgotten, the FNM’s preferential remedy in relation to international residents.
Oh the irony, Mr Mitchell!
You’ll be able to’t write it any funnier!
To begin with, Mitchell ought to have by no means gone there, and secondly, I hope Mr Mitchell is conscious that his worldwide media tour has reset the usual within the native political area.
The voting populace now expects for any PLP politician to resign instantly within the midst of scandals, à la Dr Sands.
And so far as preferential remedy for “international or paper Bahamians” (the FNM does depart quite a bit to be desired on this regard).
I’ve two phrases for you “Dread Fred” –