NNP could effect changes in the Senate

Speculation is rife that the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government might make some changes among the ranks of its Senators in the Upper House.

The changes were hinted at by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell during Town Hall meeting in the Constituency of St. Andrew’s North-west last week Thursday.

Dr. Mitchell was at the time responding to a concern expressed by the villagers about government Senators not being able to face-off in debates in Parliament against Opposition Senator Nazim Burke.

The Grenadian leader was told that there should be someone on the other side of the house who can take on Burke who is the Political Leader of the main opposition, National Democratic Congress (NDC).

A resident felt that a lawyer should be included in the Government Team since Burke is a barrister-at-law by profession.

“Your point is well taken my brother, and just rest assured that we will be dealing with that issue. That is as much as I can say. It is a very important point that you have made and we will be dealing with that issue”, Dr. Mitchell said.

During meetings of the Senate, Winston Garraway, the Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister has been playing the offensive role against Burke.

However, well-placed sources have told this newspaper that the Junior Minister has not been able to match up with Burke’s “clearly superior intellect”.

Of the seven government senators, only the President of the Senate, Lawrence Joseph is a qualified lawyer.

Congress failed to win any seats in the February 2013 general elections but then Governor-General, Sir Carlyle Glean used his constitutional powers to appoint Burke along with two other NDC members – former Education Minister Franka Bernadine and Dr. George Vincent – to serve in the Senate.

Speculation is rife that the Mitchell government might seek to replace one of its Senators with former NDC General Secretary and Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter David who recently joined its ranks.

There are unconfirmed reports that David might be brought into the Senate and given a full ministerial portfolio.

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