Speaker says Parliament’s Mace stolen; Clerk says he took it for ‘cleaning’

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By Fareeza Haniff

The Mace at Parliament.
The Mace at Parliament.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Confusion surrounding the whereabouts of Parliament’s Mace was put to rest by Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, who told iNews that he took it for cleaning.

This is the case, even as Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman issued a press statement, claiming that the Mace was stolen and that he filed a report with the Commissioner of Police.

“Today, on entering the Speaker’s Office I discovered that the Mace, the symbol of authority of the office of Speaker of the National Assembly, was removed from its usual place without my permission, knowledge or consent. The entire protective case in which the Mace is kept is also missing in its entirety.

“From time immemorial, the Mace is kept in the Speaker’s office and is only removed by the Sergeant-at-Arms for use during sittings or for temporary viewing by guests on tour of the National Assembly.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman. [iNews' Photo]
Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman. [iNews’ Photo]
“Upon making enquiries no one could furnish a reasonable response or explanation as to its whereabouts. Staff members appeared afraid to give provide and explanation,” the Speaker’s statement noted.

However, when contacted to verify if indeed the Mace was stolen, the Clerk said that he took the Mace for “safe keeping and for cleaning” and that the Speaker never enquired from him.

“The Mace is here. He [Speaker] didn’t speak with me. I was around,” Isaacs told iNews.

The Clerk and the Speaker are at odds over the Clerk’s refusal of Trotman’s request to set November 06 as the date for the National Assembly to reconvene after its recess.

8 COMMENTS

  1. LOL u 2 blasted dumb not to understand what u wrote…you got a majority..u said it..ya big dummy..once u have the majority then u have the mandate u big dumb-bell..let me inform u ya big dummy..3 political party contested the election where ppp got the most votes and most seats you tinkerbell..u now understand what u said?

  2. Why can you read and understand what you read where in my blasted statement did I say anything about choosing a president to run a country seems like you take pleasure in being dumb

  3. Galfromna..in essense what u r saying is your combined opposition should even choose their president to rule country..read back ur blog n see how down right dumb and stupid u r..

  4. Opposition the time has come for civil disobedience. Set up your own parliament like Mr. Vieira suggested and pass the no confidence vote. you got the majority. it’s about time you guys get some balls and stop playing defense. Defense alone don’t win games. Goals and a solid defense win games. OPPOSITION, YOU CAN’T SCORE Goals unless you attack the other side goal. Everybody knows that. Football 101

  5. this is disrespectful, seeing the mace is lodged within the office of the speaker, the clerk must/should have informed the speaker about any movement of the mace.
    the explanation given by the clerk is laughable, sorry he cannot be replaced before the next sitting of parliament.

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