House Speaker Brigid Annisette-George has agreed to suspend the hearing of the Privileges Committee matter against Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal pending the outcome of his legal challenge.
Through her attorney Deborah Peake SC, the House Speaker gave the undertaking that the Committee will not hold any meetings or hearings regarding the allegations against Moonilal pending the outcome of the substantive matter.
Moonilal is challenging the legality of the committee constituted to hear the two allegations against him.
Oropouche East Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal says the decision by Government Members of Parliament to call for him to be referred to the Privileges Committee of Parliament on two issues, is tantamount to harassment and intimidation.
In a statement today, Moonilal said, however, that he has faith in the institutions of Parliament and is not afraid of the process.
Dr Moonilal has been referred to the Privileges Committee for statements he made in the Lower House regarding Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and A&V Oil and Gas Limited.
Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was known for shoddy work and high costs when he was the Minister of Housing in a previous government.
Dr Moonilal was weighing in on Dr Rowley's reappointment as Minister of Housing on Monday.
The following is Dr Moonilal's statement:
"Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley's return to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is a disturbing throwback to an earlier and troubling period when this vital portfolio fell under his watch.
Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal is describing Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's Cabinet reshuffle as an abomination and a joke.
According to him, the adjustments are untenable given the allegations lingering over the heads of the reshuffled ministers.
Dr Moonilal says he is particularly concerned with Dr Rowley's new role as Housing Minister.
The war of words between Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley transcended the walls of Parliament yesterday as he described Rowley as a harmless 70-year-old man with some illnesses.
Moonilal said he was not afraid of Rowley and considered confronting him to find out what were the PM’s grievances with him. However, he threatened that should Rowley direct another violent outburst at him, he may report it to the police.