Speaker’s action to allow Minister Rohee to speak on matters of security in Parliament astonishes opposition – 8th Feb 2013
Executive members of the main opposition party, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), have expressed astonishment at Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman’s action to allow the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee ,to speak on matters of Public Security at Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly.
The opposition walked out of the chambers when Trotman recognized the Minister’s chair, thereby permitting him to speak.
Today, Deputy Speaker of the House, Debra Backer said, the Speaker acted unilaterally, ignoring objections from the opposition leader, Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs, and herself.
Party Leader, David Granger said, the July 2012 motion was not aimed at Minister Rohee personally, but rather his failure as a Minister to reform the security sector.
Granger said Guyanese lives are in danger with escalating crime, contraband smuggling, gun-running and Narco-trafficking.
He said the Minister’s plan which was released recently will not do anything to reform the security sector.
In justifying yesterdays’ walkout, Granger said the opposition was hoodwinked into believing that the Minister would have spoken on another issue, other than Security.
Granger said APNU remains unshaken in its resolve that Minister Rohee must not be allowed to speak on matters relating to his ministerial portfolios. However, he explained that he can speak on other issues since he was duly elected as a MP.