A.P.N.U. PRESS RELEASE
Monday 25th February 2013
For Immediate Release
APNU CONCERNED ABOUT THE PUBLIC RELEASE OF A DOCUMENT PURPORTING TO BE A RULING BY THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) considers the document, being circulated in the Media, as purporting to be a Ruling of the Speaker of the National Assembly, since it is unprecedented for a Ruling by the Speaker of the National Assembly to be publicly released before it is made to the National Assembly.
The document is, unfortunately, replete with inaccuracies, of doubtful legal soundness and contradicts the documented positions previously taken by the Speaker.
The document claims that the Speaker was of the view that the National Assembly wanted to inhibit the Minister of Home Affairs from performing his Ministerial functions. The reality is that, as a consequence of his dismal performance and failures over the last six (6) years, the Majority in the National Assembly passed a Motion of No Confidence in the competence of the incumbent to be responsible for the security of the Nation.
The Speaker claims that, on Thursday 7th February 2013, the Minister wanted to make a statement on the security sector. However, the Leader of the Opposition and his colleagues, who were, at the time, meeting with the Speaker, were informed that the Minister wanted to make a statement on the attack, by well armed bandits claiming to be Police, on the General Secretary of the PNCR. The Leader of the Opposition did not agree to this. In any event, the Minister, on being allowed to speak, made no such statement!
It is evident that the document prematurely anticipated the awaited decisions of the learned Chief Justice and the conclusion of the deliberations of the National Assembly Committee of Privileges.
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