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Opposition plans to table censure motion against House Speaker in relation to CMU report

Julian Robinson
 
The Parliamentary Opposition has signalled that it will table a censure motion against Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles, for his handling of the Auditor General's report on the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).
 
The censure motion is expected to be tabled during Tuesday afternoon's sitting of the House.
 
Julian Robinson, Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Eastern, said Mr. Charles misled the House last week about reasons for not tabling the report.
 
He said this was a breach of Parliamentary procedure. 
 
"The Speaker misled the House by indicating that he did not have a report from the Auditor General, which was in fact in his possession and it's very important that we treat this matter seriously. The Auditor General is a constitutional position. The Speaker is obliged once he receives a report to table it immediately... Now you cannot have a case where a political representative can have a veto or block the report of a Auditor General and we regard the actions of Speaker Charles as extremely grave and unfortunate, and as such, I am tabling a censure motion against him," Mr. Robinson explained. 
 
He said the House Speaker should recuse himself from the hearing into the matter. 
 
Karl Samuda, Minister with responsibility for Education, is to address the House Tuesday afternoon on the latest developments at the CMU.
 
The Parliamentary Opposition has said it will try to get details on the state of affairs at the CMU when the Auditor General's report is tabled. 
 


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