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…Opposition says that Govt can no longer use it as a rubber stamp The Attorney General and PPP (Peoples Progressive Party) party member Anil Nandlall has expressed in recent public missive that Parliament has lost its focus. He said that for 2013 many important bills have been rejected without merit.He argued that Parliament has been used repeatedly as a forum to extract political arrangements and has been used to play political games.Attorney GeneralAnil NandlallAccording to Nandlall, “Parliament now is an instrument used by the opposition to advance political causes and one must be disappointed with that use which is being made of Parliament. There is a constant and relentless attempt in the Parliament to exceed the powers of the legislator and to encroach onto the functional responsibility of the executive.“That is why you saw last year and this year, a series of motions by Carl Greenidge and Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan seeking to direct certain Ministers to do things which are inconsistent with the law and the constitution.”The Attorney General argued that the Opposition in Parliament filed a motion against Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh with the intent of sending him to the Privileges Committee for “some form of infraction or disciplinary proceeding simply because Dr. Singh,China NFL Jerseys, according to the motion did not comply with some resolution passed by the National Assembly.”In addition, Nandlall said that a no confidence motion to silence Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee was used in the National Assembly. According to Nandlall, “They [opposition] have no power whatsoever to reprimand or censor a member of the executive in the discharge of executive functions.”He said that Parliament controls the conduct of its members in the performance of their functions as Parliamentarians within the presence of the house but it has “no jurisdiction,Wholesale China Jerseys, no powers, no responsibility what so ever to censor a Minister with respect to the executive functions of that Minister”.Nandlall expressed that “all these are trespasses being committed into the Provence of the Executive of the National Assembly, seeking to expand their role as they continue on a path of political vendetta. That is what the Parliament is being used for.”The Attorney General made reference to Barbados where 3000 public servants are going to be dismissed and rendered obsolete in their jobs. He said that in Guyana,Cheap MLB Jerseys, money is being budgeted for the improvement of lives of Guyanese but “this National Assembly is cutting it.”“Countries today in the Caribbean are borrowing money to pay salaries; we have enough money here not only to increase salaries but also to spend on infrastructural work of our country but our National Assembly, particularly the Opposition is cutting those expenditures down.“That could never have been the role conceived by the forefathers who established a Parliament; it could’ve never been the functions of a Parliament.”According to Nandlall a Parliament is a place where the ultimate objective of it is to act in the interest of the welfare of the people, “not to penalize the people as particular politicians pursue, an agenda that is selfish and that is in keeping with their own political scheme.”The Alliance for Change (AFC) Vice Chairman and Member of Parliament (MP), Moses Nagamootoo, in an invited comment said however that he “finds no merit whatsoever in the Nandlallian nonsense about the role of ourAFC Moses NagamootooParliament.”According to Nagamootoo this post-2011 Parliament will go down in history as the most robust in holding the feet of government to the fire of accountability and transparency.”The pseudo PPP does not like this. Being reduced to a minority it can no longer use Parliament to rubber stamp its decisions nor treat the Opposition as a toothless poodle.”“The Attorney General (AG) ought to know that subject only to the powers of the judiciary to review decisions of Parliament for unconstitutionality, the legislature is autonomous and sovereign. But we have seen the attempts by this minority government to degrade Parliament by mounting spurious challenges to its authority, whenever it cannot get its way, and the refusal of the President to assent to laws passed by Parliament.”Nagamootoo said that the AG has failed to grapple with the rudimentary role of Parliament to advance the political cause for change and transformation. “He has sadly forgotten that it was the founder of the PPP, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, who taught us ‘to take the people to Parliament and Parliament to the people’ during his own politics of protest”The AFC Vice President said that his party and the united majority opposition are today part of this dialectics of struggle.According to Nagamootoo, the AG is trying to circle the PPP wagon now that this government is under attack for corruption and ministers are being cited for malfeasance. “The power of Parliament to censure officials is elementary in all democracies and the Finance Minister is not beyond reproach for spending monies not approved by Parliament or diverting monies for wage increases.Neither was the Home Affairs Minister immune from the sanction of Parliament for not exercising ministerial responsibility in a situation that resulted in fatality of peaceful protesters, he said.It is a red herring to bring in Barbados where the unemployment statistics are not a state secret and workers enjoy a living wage, Nagamootoo said.“Thousands of Guyanese have found Barbados a safe haven, whilst tens of thousands at home are jobless and under-employed and/or live on starvation wages.”The AFC Vice President said that this boast that we have money is shallow and deceptive.“We live on borrowed money to the tune of $365 billion. We have pawned our children’s future whilst giving away their patrimony in sweetheart deals involving land,Authentic China NFL Jerseys, spectrum and other national assets.“The fault is not in our Parliament,Wholesale Authentic China Jerseys, as Nandlall seeks to portray.  It lies squarely on this arrogant and shameless Government which still believes that the loser must take all. The AG has given us more reasons to continue the struggle for change and inclusive democracy.”
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