PPP Parlimentarian, Bishop Juan Edghill, has been written to by Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Issacs, on Tuesday stating that his benefits as a Member of Parliament has been cut until his suspension has been removed. This is as a result of disobeying the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland’s order on Monday in the House.
The letter stated that according to Standing Order 47 (2) he has been suspended from the service of the National Assembly for the next four sittings.
The letter further noted that “Please note that as a result of your suspension you are not entitled to attend sittings of the National Assembly or meetings of Parliamentary committees or enter the precincts of the National Assembly until the termination of your suspension, also during your suspension, you will not be paid salary and allowances and not be entitled to some of the other benefits of a member of the National Assembly.” Further, Isaacs told Edghill that he would not be entitled to lodge questions or submit notices of motions during his suspension,” the letter noted.
Bishop Edghill, was suspended from the National Assembly on Monday for disobeying an instruction from the Speaker who ruled him out of order and asked him to leave the Chambers.
Mr. Edghill was at the time scrutinizing parts of the 2018 budget estimates, when insufficient answers were given, Mr. Edghill sought more time and that was disallowed by the Speaker. As a result, Mr. Edghill sought answers from the Speaker as to why more timings were not given for scrutiny of the estimates which had more line items.
The Speaker sought to silence Mr. Edghill, which he refused to do as an elected member of the House. The Speaker then told Mr. Edghill to be seated and then leave the House, Mr. Edghill also refuse to do same.
The Speaker then sought the assistance of the Sergant at Arms to escort Mr. Edghill out of the Chambers and if the SA needs assistance then the help of the police should also be sought.
The Police later stormed the Chambers and forcefully tried to evict Mr. Edghill from his seat, but was protected by his colleagues who from a human barricade around him and sang songs of freedom. Several MP were assaulted in the process. However, Dr. Scotland denied ever calling in the police.
Yesterday as Mr. Edghill was making his way to the chambers he was arrested some distance away from Public Buildings by ranks of the Guyana Police Force, senior officers who were in charge of the operations told Mr. Edghill that instructions came from third in command at Brickdam Police Station to arrest him if tries to entre the Public Buildings. Mr. Edghill was taken to the Brickdam station and sent away without being charged.