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Former FNM candidate paid $300,000 a month to clear Abaco dump

A former Free National Movement candidate was paid an astonishing $300,000 a month to clear a dump site on Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

However, the Davis Administration discovered that minimal work was done at the site over the last two and a half years.

The former candidate, who failed to secure a seat in a previous General Election, was broke and borrowing money.

However, instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Dorian survivors rebuild, the Minnis Administration decided to throw the money away to help a party member who did not have the expertise or the equipment to clear the dump site in Treasure Cay, Abaco.

When members of the new government visited the site, unannounced, there were no signs of work being carried out or equipment.

Judging by the huge heap of debris at the site, it had not been cleared for months.

However, the individual continued to collect a six-figure check each month.

It became apparent that the contract was a shameless attempt to help a Free National Movement member whose business was struggling.

Officials are now trying to determine if competitive bidding took place before the contract was awarded to a senior FNM with no qualifications.

The fat contract was awarded under the leadership of Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) Managing Director Kay Forbes-Smith.

However, she had the audacity to initiate legal proceedings against the Davis Administration for terminating her contract two weeks after it took office on September 16, 2021.

Forbes-Smith is seeking over $408,000 in damages for alleged breach of contract.

Forbes-Smith wants $238,333.16 to make up for the 26 months salary she lost, $65,000 for the missed housing allowance, $32,000 for the missed duty allowance and $6,500 to compensate for the fuel allowance she would’ve received over the 26-month period.

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