Parliamentary Opposition halts speed of Government to amend Laws against money laundering and financing terrorism – 8th May 2013
The opposition wondered why the Government waited on the “eleventh hour” to take the Bills to the National Assembly.
In a desperate plea to the opposition, the Attorney General did not proclaim his innocence, almost agreeing that the amendments were tabled late.
Nandlall said he was craving the indulgence of the opposition on the altars of nationalism and patriotism, but the opposition did not digest Nandlall’s arguments nor his plea.
Moses Nagamootoo of the AFC, argued that the reforms to the laws must be examined carefully and could not be rushed through in a day. Besides, he said, the reforms to the Money Laundering and Countering Financing Terrorism Acts, requires amending a range of other laws.
Ando so, he said that it would not serve the national interest to treat the matter in haste.
The Government is running scared that any delays would cause Guyana to miss the deadline.
Parliamentary Select Committees are notorious for being painfully slow and for missing deadlines, and hence the Governments apprehension with sending the reforms to be finalized in such a committee.
Government’s Chief Whip, Gail Texeira was so vexed in spirit that she rubbed the opposition the wrong way as she tried to get them to see the urgency to deal with the reforms. The opposition ended up drowning out her speech and the Speaker did not come to her defense.
In the end, the opposition agreed to speed up consideration of the reforms. The committee that has to consider the amendments has to present their report on May 22, two days before the deadline set by the International Body looking into financial crimes.