Tardiness Among Parliamentarians Hamper Nation’s Business

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Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Karl Samuda, says the Government is making a concerted effort to start sittings of the house more promptly.

Samuda made the comment shortly after he and his opposition counterpart, Phillip Paulwell, clashed in the House this afternoon.

The clash took place when Mr. Paulwell raised concern about the 25-minute delay in the beginning of today’s sitting.

Mr. Samuda reminded Paulwell that during his tenure as Leader of Government Business a few years ago, the House often began sitting more than an hour late.

Samuda says the Government has taken additional steps to ensure that the country’s parliamentary business takes place in a more efficient manner.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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