Leader of the Opposition, Joseph Harmon said that his party will not be silenced by the PPP Government in relation to the handling of parliamentary affairs. Harmon made the statement on Mondy during a press briefing.
He said, “I want to go on record as serving notice to the Peoples Progressive Party that this Opposition Leader and Members of Parliament will not be silenced, subtly bullied nor will we sit and allow [the PPP] to hijack the Parliament and ignore the business of the people of this nation.”
The Opposition Leader said that today is scheduled to be a “private members day in Parliament”. According to him, a private member is a member who is not a Minister.
He explained that the parliamentary rules also specifically exclude the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and Parliamentary Secretaries from this designation.
“So in other words this is the day Opposition business takes precedence. In the event there is no Opposition business, Government business will be dealt with,” he added. According to him, there are several issues raised by the Opposition that needs addressing.
“Today we should have been debating the; No-confidence motions against the Ministers of Health and Home Affairs, a motion on the Gas-to -Shore project, a motion on Natural Gas Flaring at the Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, a motion on the murders of the Henry boys and another motion in relation to the prisoner that was killed in the Lusignan prison,” Harmon said.
The Opposition Leader added, “Instead of these substantive issues being addressed, the Speaker and the PPP have reduced the private member sitting to receiving written responses to questions that were asked to the ministers by members of the Opposition.”
Against this backdrop, he accused the Government of putting the Opposition’s business “on the shelves”.
He said, “The regime has sunk to another low by hijacking the rest of the sitting to deal with their business after 64 days without Parliament. This is what you get when you have wicked and oppressive tyrants in power.”
The Opposition Leader said that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Manzoor Nadir has an “incestuous relationship” with the Government. Noting that President Irfaan Ali addressed world leaders on democracy a few days ago, Harmon added that the President himself is a walking contradiction of what democracy really is.
“The PPP’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. They can attempt to hijack the Parliament, they can run from addressing private members business all they want but they will never silence this Opposition. Our matters will be addressed in this parliament and they will answer publicly for their poor governance, poor handling of the economy, and the sad state of affairs they’ve foisted upon the Guyanese people.”