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Questions surround controversial sale of CARICEL

Tempers flared in the House of  Representatives yesterday following a decision to delay the answering of  questions on the controversial sale of  telecommunications company, CARICEL.

The company has been sold to a South African entity.

Opposition Spokesman on Technology, Julian Robinson, has requested that portfolio minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, provide details on whether approval has been granted.

The answers were due yesterday, but with none forthcoming and Robinson was not pleased.

“I tabled the questions on the 20th of February, they are due to be answered today. Nothing has been said to me and I find this a disregard to the parliament,” he said. 

 

Meanwhile, acting leader of  government business in the House, Everald Warmington, suggested the opposition was being disingenuous.

“Questions were ready to be answered but the leader of the opposition asked us to withhold them - that’s the reason why they were not answered last week…..” Warmington said. 

 

But leader of opposition business, Phillip Paulwell, denied there was any such agreement, saying the questions were not due last week.

 

House Speaker Pearnel Charles later told Warmington he should ensure the questions are answered next Tuesday when the House meets.



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