There were tense moments in the Senate again today when Government Senator, Matthew Samuda, demanded that Dr. Wykeham McNeil tell the country whether two of his relatives raked in millions of dollars from the Tourism Ministry while he was the portfolio Minister.
The Government Senator raised the questions this afternoon during his contribution to debate in the Senate on a bill which is intended to amend the Procurement Act.
Dr. McNeil is MP for Western Westmoreland and the current chairman of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, PAAC.
Senator Samuda angered his Opposition counterparts when he said Dr. McNeil must answer questions about nepotism before he continues to lead the parliamentary oversight body.
Opposition Senator Lambert Brown objected to Senator Samuda’s comments.
Senate President Tom Tavares Finson and Senator Brown clashed when Brown insisted Tavares Finson rein in Samuda.
Senator Samuda continued his attack.
He said Dr. McNeil cannot continue to lead the PAAC unless he indicates whether a company in which his sister-in-law was a director earned millions of dollars for making travel arrangements for the Tourism Ministry while he was the portfolio Minister.