Montague Angers Gov’t Bench in Senate


Opposition Senator Robert Montague angered government counterparts this afternoon when he ripped into Local Government Minister Noel Arscott and demanded that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller fire the board of the NSWMA.

Senator Montague criticized Minister Arscott and the NSWMA Board for their handling of the latest Riverton dump fire and affairs of the agency.

Nationwide News recently made public an internal audit which shows that there’s almost 1-billion dollars unaccounted for at MPM Waste Management Limited, one of the regional offices of the solid waste management authority.

Senator Montague, who’s also JLP Chairman, turned up at the Upper House of Parliament today seeking answers.

Mr. Montague says there are a number of questions that the NSWMA Board and Minister Arscott must answer –  including when did they become aware of the audit and what action was taken.

Leader of Opposition Business, Tom Tavares  Finson intervened when Government Senator, Lambert Brown defended Minister Arscott, who Mr. Montague had accused of being incompetent.

Mr. Montague recanted use of the words incompetent and uncaring shortly after that request from the Senate President.

But he said the Prime Minister Simpson Miller should ensure that taxes intended to manage waste are properly used

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