“Financial matters must emanate from the government” – PM Nagamootoo
─ Opposition’s motion to increase Parliament Office’s Current and Capital Estimates unconstitutional
DPI, Guyana, Monday, November 19, 2018
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo reminded the 99th Sitting of the National Assembly that all the “financial matters must emanate from the government.”
The acting Head of State was at the time addressing the Opposition’s motion to increase the recommended sum of $1,700,271,000 for the Parliament Office’s current and capital estimates for the period ending December 31, 2019.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo stated that Finance Minister Winston Jordan made the recommendation to the National Assembly with the support of Cabinet. He further explained that constitutionally, the motion should have tabled one day before and come from the minister responsible.
He also urged the Speaker of the House to not be “veered” from the constitution and requested that the recommendation, made by Minister Jordan, be put to the House for a vote.
The Speaker followed his ruling and disallowed the Opposition’s motion to increase the budgetary sum.
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