APNU point man on legal affairs, Attorney Basil Williams takes on Rohee Gag order ruling – 14th Jan 2013
Shadow Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, says, the recent ruling by the Chief Justice, Ian Chang, on the gag order on the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, vindicates the opposition parliamentary action and position.
Recognizing the CJ’s ruling made it clear that Minister Rohee as a Member of Parliament can participate in discussions, but that he has no right to do so in the official capacity of Minister of Home Affairs.
Speaking at a press briefing to address the issue, Williams says Justice Chang has basically thrown the ball back in the court of the National Assembly and specifically the Speaker as it relates to its own regulations.
Williams says, Friday’s decision is a good indication on the outcome of the substantive case that was brought by Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, which challenges the Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman’s ruling, prohibiting Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, from speaking in the Parliament and referring him to the Committee of Privileges. Nandlall wanted the court to declare the speaker’s action as “unlawful, unconstitutional, and without jurisdiction”.
The opposition had argued that Minister Rohee was unfit for the post of Home Affairs Minister because of his poor management of the security sector including the killing of three Lindeners on July 19, last year, during protests in the bauxite mining town.