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PM to Moonilal: Take it outside

Published: 
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has challenged Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal, who he described as a "corkscrew and a creep", to come outside the Parliament and repeat the scandalous claims he made and eventually withdrew in the Lower House on Friday.

Rowley said he will approach Speaker Brigid Annisette-George at the next sitting of the House of Representatives to respond to Moonilal and clear the Parliament's records.

On Friday Moonilal, the Oropouche East MP, linked Rowley to alleged corruption with A&V Oil and Gas Limited's owner Hanif Nazim Baksh.

During his contribution to the Parliamentary debate on Friday, Moonilal told the House of Representatives that he recently visited Florida to conduct research and would later reveal his findings.

He then proceeded to read an email.

While he read the email, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi interrupted on a standing order and called on Moonilal to "take direct ownership of his statements".

Annisette-George ruled that a member must take ownership for anything that is said in the chamber and asked Moonilal to retract the statement.

Moonilal eventually withdrew the statement.

During the children's Christmas Party held at the Diego Martin South Recreational Ground yesterday, Rowley was asked about the situation.

"I wasn't there but I wasn't surprised. It is not the first time and it would not be the last time (Moonilal) uses the cover of Parliament," Rowley said.

"I will approach the speaker to respond to him in the Parliament at the next sitting of Parliament if only for the records of Parliament but all I would say otherwise I will tell that corkscrew, that creep to come outside the Parliament and make any similar allegation against me," he said.

Rowley called on Moonilal to come out to the nearest street and repeat what he said.

"Don't stay inside the Parliament and make it, come out to the nearest street and make any similar allegation against me that is what I want but I will respond to him in the Parliament."

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