Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly prevents Minister Rohee from speaking on matters pertaining to National Security- 14th Feb 2013
More drama in the Parliament this afternoon as Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, was prevented from speaking by Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Deborah Backer, who was Presiding in the absence of Speaker, Raphael Trotman. Minister Rohee was allowed to address the House after Speaker, Trotman, reversed his earlier decision to bar him from speaking on matters pertaining to National Security.
Backer and her Opposition had last week walked out of the National Assembly, after the Opposition Leader failed to get Trotman to stick to his earlier ruling and not allow Minister Rohee to speak.
The Deputy Speaker said, that in keeping with the no-confidence motion passed by the National Assembly, she will not allow the Minister to speak while she is presiding.
Leader of Government Business, Prime Minister Sam Hinds, objected to the stance taken by the Deputy Speaker.
The Government had moved to the High Court to challenge the Gag Order by Trotman and they believe that the ruling of the Chief Justice vindicated their position that Minister Rohee can speak on matters falling within his portfolio.