Chipman considers suing PM

Chipman considers suing PM
In this compilation photo from left: Member of Parliament for Centreville Reece Chipman and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.

The issue between fired chairman of Antiquities Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC), Centreville Member of Parliament (MP) Reece Chipman and The Bahamas Government took another turn Tuesday as Chipman told media houses that he is contemplating suing Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for defamation.

Chipman spoke to media yesterday following a Rotary Club meeting at Luciano’s restaurant saying that he is still unclear as to why he was fired.

“We are now reviewing the constitution and our laws with regards to character defamation and assassination,” he said during the interview.

Unconfirmed reports of Chipman’s firing made rounds last week.  It was made official via a statement from Cabinet issued Sunday evening.

The statement, emailed to the media by Press Secretary Anthony Newbold, confirmed the firing – which was said to be with immediate effect.

On Monday Dr. Minnis said he would not tolerate corruption of any kind and that he was led by his “conscience” to terminate Chipman as AMMC chair.

While not revealing why Chipman was terminated the prime minister suggested the firing was related to corruption.

“I always say, whatever I do, I put God first and I am lead by the conscience. Once my conscience is clear I am happy and the FNM made a commitment. We said that we would govern in a certain manner and a certain way,” Dr. Minnis said.

“We said we will root out corruption and bring honesty and integrity into governance and that’s what we will do. We will stay the course, nothing will change it.”

Dr. Minnis would not reveal why Chipman was fired however, he said after meeting with Cabinet on Tuesday, he would partially inform the public.