Former Speaker accuses Gov’t of persistent interference in Parliament Business

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran.
PPP Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira.
PPP Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira.

Former Speaker of the National Assembly and one time PPP Member, Ralph Ramkarran in a strongly worded letter published in the Stabroek News revealed that he had the greatest difficulty in managing parliament’s business without persistent government interference.

According to Mr. Ramkarran, much of this interference was inspired by the People’s Progressive Party [PPP] Chief Whip and Parliamentarian, Gail Teixeira.

Mr. Ramkarran was at the time responding to Teixeira’s accusation that he [Mr. Ramkarran] held a sidebar meeting with Winston Murray and then Attorney General, Doodnauth Singh in relation to government’s agreement to an amendment to the Public Procurement Bill in 2003.

“This is such an audacious distortion of the truth that it reminds me of the instance in May 2010 when Ms. Teixeira told the UN’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva that 15 – year – old Twyon Thomas, who had been tortured by the police, had been compensated. Upon her return to Guyana, she denied saying so until she was confronted with a verbatim transcript of the webcast, which she tried unsuccessfully to explain away,” Mr. Ramkarran wrote.

The former Speaker denied that he has any involvement in Government’s business while he was the Speaker.



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