Clifton Battle Raging – Courtesy of Jones Bahamas

Clifton Battle Raging

A well-known pastor and community activist is calling on Prime Minister Perry Christie to intervene in the battle for Clifton before it gets out of hand.

The Director of Bahamas Against Crime (BAC) C. B. Moss believes the nation’s leader must do what he can to stop the feud between Queen’s Counsel Fred Smith and former Parliamentarian Keod Smith before something far worse happens.

Just yesterday, Keod Smith attempted to stop a Waterkeepers Alliance press conference at which Robert Kennedy Jr. was the guest speaker.

Police confirmed that they were called in to keep the peace and Mr. Kennedy was allowed to continue the press conference.

Mr. Kennedy, who is Waterkeeper Alliance’s president, announced a partnership with The Bahamas.

Last week, it was alleged that Keod Smith and six or seven other men harassed Fred Smith, at Jaws Beach with weapons, during which the back windshield of his car was smashed.

However, he was unsuccessful as police were called in and the group carried on as planned.

Mr. Moss, who is also a part of the Coalition to Save Clifton (CSC) said that during the past several months the feud between Candian Fashion Designer Peter Nygard and Billionaire Louis Bacon – a member of the Protect the Bay group has intensified greatly.

It is alleged that Mr. Nygard, for whom Keod Smith is a spokesperson, is carrying out cosmetic work to his property that extends into a part of Clifton.

“BAC is expressing great concern that it could explode into open warfare and the sacred grounds at Clifton home of our ancestors could be stained with blood, shed by acts of violence,” Mr. Moss said.

“This is not only unfortunate but is in fact tragic, as we are informed the feud between the groups has very little to do with the National Park, which is owned by the Bahamian people.”

The Coalition to Protect Clifton, which Fred Smith is a part of, is fighting for Peter Nygard to stop the work he is doing in the area.

Mr. Moss added that the prime minister’s intervention is especially critical as one of the alleged attackers has a history of violent public involvement with others.

“If respect for the laws of the land is to be enforced then crimes, even when committed by highly placed persons, must be punished,” he said.

The BAC director reminds Bahamians that in the midst of the present crime crisis, we must all work together to reduce the level of crime in the nation.

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Keod Smith - Keod Smith

Keod Smith is a Barrister in The Bahamas practicing at Commercial Law Advocates, Trinity Place Nassau.

He served as a Member of Parliament for 2002 – 2007 and as Ambassador for the Environment and Chairman of the BEST Commission from 2002 to mid 2006.

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