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FNM picks up tab for Govt House reception

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 09, 2013

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Some Free National Movement (FNM) members were up in arms after learning that the opposition was asked to foot a nearly $2,500 bill to host a reception at Government House for newly appointed Senator Carl Bethel, who received his instruments of appointment during an official ceremony yesterday.

According to a copy of an invoice from Government House given to the FNM, the food charges totaled $1,022.46; rental charges totaled $500; beverage charges came up to $876.80 and per diem charges totaled $75.

In total, the charges came up to $2,474.26.

Senior FNM officials told The Nassau Guardian that the opposition was informed on Monday that Government House had no money in its budget to host the reception.

Attempts to reach Government House officials were not successful, but FNM Chairman Darron Cash said the party’s treasurer was not aware of a previous occasion when the party was billed for such a reception.

Cash, who could not speak on any payments made, said the inability of Government House to foot the bill of such an event is an indictment on the government.

"It raises the larger question of why the fiscal affairs of the country are being so poorly mismanaged such that the head of state has to reach out to an organization invited to Government House and ask them to pay for it," Cash said.

"It is embarrassing. It is pitiful that [Prime Minister Perry] Christie allowed it to get to this state."

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