No-Confidence Motion against Opposition Leader now with Speaker
The government’s No-Confidence Motion against Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon, has been officially delivered to Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs.
Isaacs confirmed on Monday morning that he has since reviewed the document and has forwarded it to Speaker of the National Assembly, Manzoor Nadir, for his consideration.
While the Motion was filed on Friday last by Prime Minister, Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips, it was only delivered to Nadir on Monday morning.
On Friday, Nadir had confirmed seeing a copy of the document, but he could not be immediately reached on Monday for a comment.
Nadir is also reviewing two other No-Confidence Motions, filed by the APNU+AFC opposition against the Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, and the Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn.
He said he intends to make a decision on how the Motions move forward early this week.
In the Motion against Harmon, the government claims to have lost confidence in his ability to serve as Opposition Leader on several fronts.
The government intends to call into question Harmon’s suitability for the post as Opposition Leader because he continues to “consistently and repeatedly misinform the public and the National Assembly that the APNU+AFC coalition won the 2020 General and Regional Election.”
The government believes this amounts to an undermining of democracy in the country. Additionally, the government has raised issue with Harmon “recklessly misinforming the public and National Assembly regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.”
The motion notes that his utterances have falsely cast doubt on the vaccine’s efficacy and acquisition. But moreover, the government says Harmon opportunistically used the September 2020 murder of Isaiah and Joel Henry to incite racial disharmony.
The government has already said that it stands ready to defend the performance of Dr. Anthony and Benn in a parliamentary debate although the motions will not succeed due to the government’s one seat majority in the House.