Rohee speaks

Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee finally got his day in the House this afternoon after Speaker Raphael Trotman denied APNU’s last ditch attempt to silence him.

Clement Rohee
Clement Rohee

Minister Rohee was allowed to present the Firearms Amendment Bill and made a presentation supporting the bill. “I am pleased that we have finally reached the state to have this bill debated,” the minister said, adding that it is a very timely bill.

However, his triumph was short lived as the opposition voted resoundingly against the bill.

APNU member Basil Williams had earlier risen on a point of order, after Speaker Trotman formally announced his earlier ruling that the minister has a right to speak. The Speaker said he had received a mail from Williams today asking that he allow him to rise on a point of order before he announced his ruling which was sent out to the media late last month. However, Trotman announced his ruling first, then allowed Williams to speak.

Williams argued that a substantive motion laid by Opposition leader David Granger was still being dealt with in the House and therefore Trotman should not have ruled. He also pointed out that Trotman was disregarding a ruling by acting Chief Justice Ian Chang, whom he said ruled that Rohee’s right to speak was as a member of parliament and not minister.

In the end the Speaker said that his ruling stands and Rohee would be allowed to speak which he did.

Unlike previous sittings, when the opposition had erupted into “Rohee must go” chants every time the minister attempted to speak there was silence from the opposition benches.

APNU may have wanted to challenge the issue further but it had no leg to stand on as the AFC had publicly said that it would respect the Speaker’s ruling and without the support of that party there was no majority.

More in Local News


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Ramesh Manbodh

    Man beaten with bat passes away

  2. Bibi Shareema (left) and her mother Bibi Shameela in
happier times

    Greenwich Park woman died 44 days after brutally stabbed by ex-partner

  3. Bharrat Jagdeo

    Meeting of Cabinet at GDF HQ pilloried by Jagdeo

  4. Fast food lovers inside KFC yesterday

    KFC back in business

  5. The building housing the home and grocery

    Bandits invade Alness businessman’s house, shots fired

  6. Alimudeen Gobin’s demolished house

    Violent storm lashes No. 19 Village

  7. The ganja found in Prashad Nagar (Police photo)

    Police find 52 lbs of ganja in Prashad Nagar house

  8. The AK 47 and ammo found (Police photo)

    AK 47, ammo found behind wardrobe

  9. tensions

    Player tensions with WICB reaching breaking point: Sir Viv

Recommended For You