Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal believes parliamentarians are now at a greater risk of spreading COVID-19.
Speaking to reporters yesterday at the Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Course before teeing off at the Soroptomist International, Esperance, Powershots Tournaments of Champions, Moonilal said the Opposition made a serious statement by boycotting the Parliament on Friday for the debate on the Anti-Gang Bill.
Moonilal said the Opposition believes there was now a real risk that parliamentarians may transmit COVID-19 in a greater frequency than ordinary citizens.
He told reporters that “When the Prime Minister tested positive, there was absolutely no indication that any Cabinet member who was involved in any meetings or so on with him isolated or self quarantined for any period of time. We thought that was a very serious matter, particularly Ministers Stuart Young and Terrence Deyalsingh, who were photographed and videotaped with him at a news conference, within 10 days, I believe, of him testing positive.”
Moonilal said “The long and short is that if you cannot tell the truth when you are ill, you cannot tell the truth when you are well. If you cannot disclose properly when you are ill and unwell, it is unlikely we will have disclosure if you are in good health.”
When asked by members of the media if the UNC would attend the next sitting of Parliament, Moonilal said the party would examine how much time passed since Rowley last entered the Parliament.
They will also check who else should be in quarantine or isolation because they had contact with Rowley.
The Prime Minister has since refuted the Opposition’s claim that he could have infected his Cabinet colleagues during last month’s parliamentary sitting.