Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and other parliamentarians have been publicly rebuked for delaying House of Assembly sittings to attend other functions.
Third District Representative Julian Fraser lambasted the culprit parliamentarians while speaking at the latest sitting of the House last Thursday.
According to Fraser, the practice is becoming the norm, which he described as disrespectful.
“I have seen it repeatedly – some functions that have been scheduled by the very government on the same day that we have a sitting, [and] we take a recess and members go to it,” Fraser said.
He added: “A time is set to come back and nobody knows when they [members] are coming back. Nobody comes back and we set the sitting for another date. That has to stop.”
Just recently, the very first sitting of the House was prematurely adjourned so members could attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Deputy Governor, David Archer.
HoA members operate like street boys/girls
Fraser compared the modus operandi of members to that of ‘street boys and girls’.
He said he has never experienced the behaviour in his nearly two-decade-long stint as a politician.
“People treat us the way we treat ourselves. We have no respect for ourselves,” he stated.
Premier has to lead
The Opposition member further called on the Premier to lead by example.
“Premier you’re the leader, you got to stop it. You cannot leave this House of Assembly in a sitting to go attend some other function. You cannot do that. It has to stop … If two members want to go to the college for some function, let them go. But the business of the people must continue. These sittings go on, and on, and on …”
Fraser pledged to continue to speak out if the issue persists.
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