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PM should give answers in 21 days

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I noticed some questions that were asked in Parliament three months ago by Mr Julian Robinson to the Prime Minister, Honourable Andrew Holness, regarding the Office of the Contractor General report on the 2016 national debushing programme have gone unanswered.

I believe it is important for these questions to be answered as it involves spending taxpayers' money and allegation of misconduct and self-enrichment.

It seems to be a trend that questions that are posited by the Opposition are left unanswered for a very long period of time.

I believe it is the Speaker's duty to ensure those questions posited by the Opposition are answered in a timely manner, 21 days being the limit.

That being said, we, the public, expect no less from a Government and Prime Minister who consistently preach transparency and accountability.

I distinctly remember during the Prime Minister's swearing in, we were promised that all reports that come to Parliament will be debated within 30 days. Yet this OCG report has not been debated, let alone questions answered.

John Polack