Bahamas opposition denies allegations of foreign hookers, assassinations and hidden offshore accounts
By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate editor
NASSAU, Bahamas — Former officials of the opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in The Bahamas have denied claims by a private investigator said to have been hired by political operatives of the former PLP administration during the last 2017 general election in their campaign “war-room”, to have evidence that former parliamentarians were aware of “hits” being sanctioned by the PLP and associated operatives, foreign prostitutes being brought in for former senior PLP parliamentarians in addition to PLP politicians having offshore bank accounts where monies connected to them is held that was never accounted for on their election declaration forms, money that he believes to be ill-gotten gains.
Private investigator and former Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officer, Oswald “Ozzie” Poitier, who runs two private investigations companies in The Bahamas, “Nassau Cheaters” and “Bahamas Archipelago Investigations Services”, claimed in a July 20 Facebook Live Video, which has since been taken down, to have placed both audio and video recording devices in the PLP’s war room.
Poitier said he recorded Kevin Renaldo Collie, a Customs officer stationed on the island of Bimini, bragging about arranging for the transportation of Cuban “girls” for several senior PLP politicians.
Poitier also claimed to have been paid to investigate and then “cover up” an alleged extramarital affair for a junior minister in the former PLP administration and his mistress. Poitier said he has documentary evidence of US$10,000 being transferred to support the person with whom the minister was alleged to be having an affair, and also has tracking information on this mistress, where she works, where she takes vacation, bank account details and where she resides.
The PLP’s former chairman during the 2017 general election, Bradley Roberts, denied knowing of any of these allegations being made and stated that he knew only what was circulating on the social media messaging service Whatsapp.
“I did check with the person in charge of the 2016 war room who advised that Ozzie Pinder [Poitier] was not engaged by the war room,” Roberts added.
A subsequent official release by the PLP read: “According to political strategists within the PLP party Mr Oswald Poitier approached them claiming to have information on certain high ranking members of the FNM including the newly joined Renward Wells (former PLP MP).”
“There is a claim that this troublemaker Poitier was also hired to BAMSI by Renward Wells where he was eventually fired. Poitier is trying to blame this misfortune on a young man by the name of (Kevin) Renaldo Collie for his firing from BAMSI.”
The PLP suggested that those persons mentioned in voice notes “should distance themselves from Poitier.”
Caribbean News Now was told that the video revelations by Poitier were his response to what he termed smear stories about himself floating around on social media, with the first about his handling of former PLP candidate for Killarney, Reneika Knowles and her unsuccessful bid for parliament; and the second one alleging the circumstances in which Poitier was dismissed from two previous places of employment.
Poitier shows, with evidence on his Facebook page, where he was given marching orders by Collie to work with Knowles closely during her campaign and to protect her and offer security services for her.
Poitier also alleges that Collie, who is still employed with the Customs Department, promoted himself as the person who was used to organize and sanction “hits” on persons in the opposing parties and most notably on persons within the now sitting Free National Movement (FNM) government prior to the 2017 general election.
Poitier also alleged that Collie, who was the chief voice and proponent of the PLP’s election “war room”, was his primary point of contact on covert political activities by the PLP on opposition parties.
He also claims to have photographic evidence of all the schematics, drawings and plans to mobilize against other political parties and carry out certain “hit-jobs” against those who opposed them
Poitier also said that, while employed by the PLP, he was asked to find personally damaging information on current minister for education, Jeffery Lloyd; current minister for national security, Marvin Dames; current minister for transport, Renward Wells, who was also immediate past minister for agriculture and marine resources in this current FNM administration in addition to being a former junior minister in the former PLP administration; and current minister for tourism and aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar.
Poiter also explained why he was fired by the Board of the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI) for which Wells was the minister at the time, which he claims was not as a result of theft or malfeasance as he claims PLP operatives are alleging against him, but because of a sexual liaison he had with a subordinate at BAMSI.
Poitier, who is no stranger to controversy and conflict even prior to these latest allegations, admits to working as a private investigator for several years after leaving the RBPF, while honourably discharged, but under a cloud of suspicion after an investigation into a charge of “unlawful sexual conduct”, which was dismissed by the courts and he was found innocent of the charges.
Poitier claims to not be working for the PLP any longer, and his decision to leave was based on its behaviour and actions prior to the election and actions immediately afterwards.
No word yet on whether or not Poitier intends to produce these documents, secretly taped videos and voice-recordings and other pieces of evidence to the public. However, as the allegations swirl, and issues as they relate to any criminal activity he claims to have full knowledge and proof of, Poitier said that if he is pushed and decides to release this information under duress, persons involved “will go to jail” due to the damning nature of the evidence he intends to present.