Antigua St John's - Opposition Leader and former prime minister Lester Bird has responded to allegations that he used the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), of which he is chairman, in a manner outside of its constitutional framework, calling it “disingenuous” and uninformed.
Government MP Chandlah Codrington made the allegations, and also suggested that the chairman’s inquiry, through the committee, into the Wadadli Power Plant was unlawful.
But Bird has assured that the matter does fall within the purview of the PAC.
“I find it absolutely disingenuous for Chandlah Codrington to say he was going to amend this and amend that," Bird said. "The whole thing is a constitutional tradition. He doesn’t know what he is talking about."
Codrington had said that the power plant issue did not fall under the purview of the PAC, since the matter was never before Parliament and the committee was only allowed to inquire into matters placed before the House.
Codrington has also accused the opposition leader of not calling enough meetings of the committee to handle matters within its mandate.
Bird said such matters fall outside of his control, since the government representatives refuse to attend the meetings and allow for a quorum.
“Chandlah Codrington is the only one who would come from the government side,” Bird said on local radio programme Big Issues on Sunday.
He added that while Codrington would attend the meetings, he would reserve his opinion on anything the committee tried to discuss.
“I was amazed to hear him say that I was trying to run the thing like my own one-man show. My function as the chairman is to try and get the relevant information…” Bird said.
He further pointed out that while holding the position as leader of the opposition, Baldwin Spencer had held a mere eight meetings in 13 years.
The PAC has five elected officials - three from the government and two from the opposition benches.
“It is far from me trying to be a one-man show. I have been trying to do my job,” the opposition MP said. “I have called four or five meetings already and they (government) have absented themselves.”
Regarding the Wadadli Power Plant probing, the opposition leader said he believes he is entitled to raise such a matter at that level, since it was one that should have been before the Parliament, but was unlawfully kept from it.
“I believe I am entitled to raise such a matter to demonstrate that you (government) can’t just take a position of not bring it to Parliament, and that prevents you from dealing with a matter with importance like that…” he said.
The MP said when the government decided to go above a certain amount of money, it was “obliged” to take the decision before the Parliament, even if the opposition had not raised it independently.
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