House Speaker Gave Ruling on How Samuda Would Address Grass Controversy

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The Speaker of the House of Representative, Pearnel Charles, says he ruled last week that Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda make a statement in his personal capacity rather than as a Minister regarding the Mombassa Grass controversy.

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Minister Samuda was defending himself against allegations that he used his influence to receive benefits as a farmer from the Jamaica Dairy Development Board.

He said he’d do things differently had he thought about it ‘properly’.

However, the personal statement precluded MP’s from asking questions.

The Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture, Dr. Dayton Campbell, who’d first made the allegation said it was a deliberate strategy by the Minister to make a personal statement.

But, the House Speaker says Dr. Campbell can ask questions of the Minister at a later date.

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Mr. Charles says he’s trying to maintain order in Parliament.

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