Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said that Leader of Government Business Camille Robinson-Regis “lied” when she claimed that the nomination of Vincel Edwards as a potential member for the Police Service Commission was already laid in Parliament.
Persad-Bissessar produced the Order Paper for the upcoming sitting on Monday which showed that the nomination is set to be tabled then.
Persad-Bissessar is also callon for an “immediate apology” from Robinson-Regis.
“This matter has only now appeared on the House of Representatives Order Paper for the Third Sitting of the Second Session of the Twelfth Parliament, 4 October 2021,” the UNC said in a media release.
“This matter never appeared on the Order Paper during the current Twelfth Parliament following upon the August 2020 General Elections,” the Opposition said.
Early this morning (Thursday) Persad-Bissessar emailed the Order Paper which stated that while the President notified parliament on June 10, 2020 the “notification was laid in the House of Representatives on the 4th day of October, 2021”
In the media release, the party said that since the elections, there have been “about 36 Order Papers and 36 sittings of the House of Representatives and this notification was never on those Order Papers and never listed for debate”.
“It is only when the Opposition Leader raised this matter that MP Camille scrambled to tell the Clerk of the House to now place this outdated/dead notification on the HOR Order Paper – and that, after about 15 months of failure and/or neglect!” the UNC said.
Persad-Bissessar said that Robinson-Regis either “failed, neglected or omitted to fully constitute the PSC with the requisite 5 members”.
“And instead allow the Commission to operate one man down for these 15 months, and are now scrambling?” she asked.
“This is extremely serious,” she said.
Persad-Bissessar said that as Leader of Government Business, Robinson-Regis “presented her misinformation in the most vulgar and vicious way”
In response Persad-Bissessar said that while Robinson-Regis sought to “berate” her, it was the Government that “cannot operate on issues”.
“You have to go personal and become very nasty. Go ahead. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. But if you examine, firstly, you must explain, Camille WPC, why 15 months you have never placed this on the Order Paper in this new Parliament. Why?” she asked.
Persad-Bissessar also called on Robinson-Regis to explain why the matter was still when it was sent to a parliament that was dissolved for elections.
“And was dead from then, and a new parliament — the 12th Parliament — came into effect,” she said.