Monday, April 22, 2024

PAC shake-up


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CONVINCED THAT Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been functioning like a “kangaroo court”, Government is moving to repeal legislation governing this watchdog body.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made this disclosure on Sunday night during a meeting of the St Philip North branch of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at Hilda Skeene Primary School.
“Within the next few weeks a bill will be carried to Parliament to repeal it, get it out of the way and get the Public Accounts Committee back onto a platform of decency . . . ,” he said.
Stuart spoke of the PAC “hounding” and “grilling” witnesses, and operating outside local traditions and jurisprudence. He also complained of the processes and committees of Parliament being “perverted”.

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