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JAMAICA | PNP MPs were advised late for Parliamentary Sitting

Leader of Opposition Business Dr. Morais Guy and  Leader of Government Business Karl Samuda. Leader of Opposition Business Dr. Morais Guy and Leader of Government Business Karl Samuda.
KINGSTON, April 1, 2020 - The Peoples National Party has lashed out at the Leader of Government Business Karl Samuda, for suggesting that the Opposition’s absence from Parliament yesterday was as a result of negligence on the part of the Opposition MPs.

Leader of Opposition Business Dr. Morais Guy explained that Samuda was being disingenuous as when the House of Representatives began at approximately 4:15 pm, with no member of the Opposition present, he commented: "I hope the whole Jamaica is looking on and will judge for themselves...This is literally a matter of life and death," the House Leader added in reference to the empty Opposition seats.

Dr. Guy explained that "I received a call at 12:45 pm from Leader of Government Business in the House Minister Karl Samuda that the House would meet at 2:00 pm today. This is after being told verbally and in writing of the cancellation of today's sitting from yesterday,” Guy said.

But Dr Guy said all Opposition MPs had made alternative arrangements after receiving correspondence from Parliament that the House sitting had been cancelled.

“It is therefore unreasonable to expect members, many of whom are from rural constituencies, to come to Parliament with less than one hour's notice.”

“As the loyal Opposition our commitment is to the people of Jamaica and our Members of Parliament, party membership and affiliates remain engaged in communities in constituencies, at various professional levels, assisting the most vulnerable during this time of unprecedented crisis,” he continued.

Guy said the Opposition remains open to its proposal to convene a meeting of the Parliament as early as tomorrow, Wednesday morning, April 1.

Gordon House had issued a statement Monday afternoon stating that the meeting had been cancelled. 

  • Countries: Jamaica

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