Bahamas: UNCONSTITUTIONAL: Speaker to bring end to govt circumventing “question time”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Interrupting an exchange between Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells and Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis on the rules of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie announced yesterday the rules will be interpreted to end the practice of successive governments refusing to be answerable to the Bahamian people about the expenditure of their money.

He said: “This practice of refusing to be answerable to the Bahamian people on the expenditure of the taxpayers’ money must come to an end.”

Moultrie, who hinted last week that the government was in for a surprise, said in future parliamentary proceedings, members will be allowed to ask and answer questions, including the questions left unanswered by the previous administration.

He also said as speaker, he will from time to time ask questions based on the audit reports referred to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

He insisted the executive will no longer be able to “circumvent” Parliament’s oversight function and the government’s constitutional obligation to taxpayers.


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