By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – As Guyana’s Legislators continue to debate and consider the 2015 Budget presented in the National Assembly, House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland has had to constantly ask the parliamentarians to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.
iNews has observed that the heckling between the two sides of the House has reached new lows in the past weeks as parliamentarians from the PPP and the APNU+AFC continue to insult each other.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has alleged that Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira referred to him as a “Son of a bitch” during a heckling session; however it did not stop there as Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan reportedly in an instantaneous response told the Opposition MP, “and you’re his mother.”
During the Budget debates last week, Ramjattan himself hit below the belt when he heckled Dr Bheri Ramsaran, asking him “Bheri why you don’t slap and strip she?” referring to PPP Parliamentarian, Vindya Persaud.
Dr Scotland, throughout the deliberations in the House, has continuously pleaded with parliamentarians to be cordial about the engagements but to no avail.
When approached by iNews, Teixeira said hat she did not recall hurling such remark at the Prime Minister. In fact, she stated that she does not use the word “bitch” since she does not believe women are bitches.
Finance Minister Winston Jordan has also been caught in the heckling spree telling Opposition MP Joseph Hamilton to “shut up” during the budget considerations on Tuesday.