Wednesday 17 July, 2019

Moonilal silenced in Parliament as he fails to make apology to Hinds

The Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP, raising his hand to a give a Personal Explanation.
© 2019 Office of the Parliament.

The Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP, raising his hand to a give a Personal Explanation. © 2019 Office of the Parliament.

Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal has been silenced in the Parliament until he makes an apology for a remark uttered by him in the Parliamentary chamber in October directed toward Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds.  

A motion brought by Leader of Government Business Camille Robinson-Regis on Wednesday under standing order 38 (l) not to recognise Moonilal following his failure to apologise to the Government MP was approved 18 for, 11 against.

Following the approval of the motion, Moonilal covered his mouth with a black piece of tape.

Moonilal was originally scheduled to make a formal apology to Hinds for his comment “Da is why Snake have lead for you” in the form of a personal explanation in the Lower House last week.

However, the Oropouche East MP at last Friday’s sitting requested more time to give the explanation.

He was cautioned of subsequent sanctions should the apology not be received on Wednesday.

House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George indicated at Wednesday’s sitting that no apology had yet been received from Moonilal but acknowledged receipt of letter from him, which she read out.

Moonilal wrote, “Today, I cannot accept the invitation to again apologise in the manner as recommended by the illegal (Privileges) committee.”

The MP raised his hand as he attempted to make a “correction” but was ignored by the Speaker.

He was ignored and the motion put to a vote, which was approved.

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