House Speaker acts to protect the honour of Parliament

George McGuire is awaiting a response from Republic Bank

The allegations of a questionable financial transaction involving Grenada’s Prime Minister is not over and Speaker of the House of Representatives George Mc Guire is not backing away.

During last week Friday’s sitting, the Speaker updated the House on his promise to write a “take note letter” to Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd as a result of allegations of a financial transaction from Saudi Arabia by a senior member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led government to ensure that confidentiality has not been breached.

“I indicated to the manager of the bank that Parliament claims the right to enquire into any matter and that parliament has the right to order any and all documents to lay before it which it believes are necessary for its information”, he told the House.

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Mitchell made the allegation of a questionable financial transaction involving a senior government official on May 15 at a Sitting of the House of Representatives. He claimed to have “solid evidence” that US$150,000.00 came into Republic Bank for a senior official of government (NDC) from Saudi Arabia.

Despite repeated calls for the Opposition to present its evidence contrary to a copy of a receipt of a transaction involving US$50,000 by the prime minister and the named bank, the Opposition has not accepted the challenge.

McGuire told that House that he is awaiting a response from the management of the bank and hopes that the next sitting of the House of Representatives will bring the issue to a complete end.

Parliament is in recess for the month of August, following a request from the Leader of Government Business and will resume sittings in the month of September.

“It is my fervent hope that this rather unpleasant matter which has done irredeemable harm to parliament will be brought to a final conclusion by the next sitting of this honourable House”, the Speaker said.

During a political rally at Telescope, St Andrew earlier this month Parliamentary Representative for Carriacou and Petite Martinique and member of the opposition New National Party (NNP), Elvin Nimrod, in reference to the Speaker’s “take note” letter said, “That is not his business; that is not his place, he’s trying to usurp the authority of the judiciary”.

Nimrod believes that Prime Minister Tillman Thomas’s refusal to disclose the source of the contribution demonstrates arrogance, lack of transparency and contempt on his part and that he is now convinced more than ever that the continued refusal by the prime minister to disclose the source of the US$50,000.00 is a telling indication that the money might have come from an illegal source such as money laundering, drug trafficking or terrorist financing which violates Grenada’s Law on Terrorism.

He said it is obvious that the Prime Minister is more interested in protecting the identity of some suspicious foreign donor than upholding the laws of his country and satisfying the needs of his people.

PM Thomas has maintained that he will not disclose the source of funds US$50,000.00 contributed to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) from the British Virgin Island, through his personal bank account at Republic Bank as a trustee of the party to enhance the work of the National Democratic Congress.

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