Davis: ‘Minister of State for Legal Affairs’ is courageous

Davis: ‘Minister of State for Legal Affairs’ is courageous
Leader of the Opposition, Phillip Brave Davis.

Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis Thursday applauded the Minister of State for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson in urging Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to ‘do the right thing’ in filling the vacancy of the chief justice Seat.

Davis said Johnson’s remarks are not surprising as Johnson’s background and loyalty is to the Bahamas Bar Association (BBA).

“I join him in his call for the appointment of a chief justice,” said Davis.

“Whether he is out of line or whether he apologize, it doesn’t matter. He was courageous enough to recognize an issue that was looming out there.”

On Monday, Johnson told reporters the lack of a substantive appointment leaves the Minnis administration open to criticism.

Johnson said the prime minister should “exercise his constitutional authority and appoint a Chief justice.”

Yesterday Dr. Minnis chose not to answer reporters on when a chief justice would be appointed.

According to Davis, the prime minister’s silence is hypocritical of what he said his administration would do while in office.

“At the end of the day, he campaigned on the twin pillar of transparency and accountability, yet he shuns being transparent and he shuns being accountable,” said Davis.

“At the end of the day, when you are in government there are things that you have to keep close to your chest. There are things that you have to not make public, but he didn’t know that there are limits to transparency and governance.”

Coincidentally, the legal affairs minister’s apology came a day after former president of the Court of Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer called him out and said he was “out of order”.

Former Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez called for Johnson to resign or be fired.