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The Oilfields Workers Trade Union
(OWTU) is continuing its campaign
against suspended National Petroleum
Marketing Company (NP) CEO Ken-
This time, instead of protest action,
the union has taken to writing to inter-
national universities questioning
Several e-mails, sent from the e-mail
were sent to the media yesterday and
at least two of the five documents were
responses addressed to the OWTU.
One of them, purporting to be from
the ACCA (Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants) but without a
letterhead or signature, said that
Mohammed "is not a member of ACCA
"He is still studying the qualification.
He has completed all of the papers with
the exception of Paper P6---Advanced
Taxation. If the student fails paper P6
or wishes to choose one more optional
paper, he can opt for paper P7---Audit
& Assurance. Once he passes this paper
he will become an ACCA affiliate and
can then apply for ACCA membership,"
the letter stated.
Another was between the OWTU and
the Global MBA Programme adminis-
trator at the Wheatley campus of Oxford
Brookes University in the UK.
"Dear OWTU, thank you for your
enquiry. I have checked our systems and
cannot find any record of Mr Kenneth
Joseph Mohammed having studied an
MBA with us when I have searched only
on his name. If you could advise his
Oxford Brookes student number, it may
enable me to confirm for definite
whether he studied with us," that
Other items in the e-mail included a
copy of Mohammed's driver's permit
and a copy of his resume, which listed
a master's in business administration
degree from the Oxford Institute of
International Finance---Oxford Brookes
University, a CIM (Chartered Institute
of Marketing) from the Chartered Insti-
tute of Marketing and the ACCA accred-
itation. In a telephone interview yes-
terday, Mohammed admitted that he
was not a member of the ACCA.
"I have never applied for membership,"
Mohammed has denied the authen-
ticity of the other letter from his alma
mater in Oxford, however, saying that
the university would not "just give out"
information like that without informing
"So I do not know what they think
they are doing," he said, referring to the
"When this happened, with the 68
dismissals, I was told by the union that
they were going to make sure and dis-
credit me, whether the accusations were
true or not," Mohammed said.
Mohammed said this was an obvious
move to discredit him, adding the
OWTU held him responsible for a board
decision to dismiss 68 workers back in
October. Mohammed was sent on sus-
pension soon after.
While the union has raised questions
about his qualifications since his sus-
pension, sources within NP revealed
that he was suspended after clashes
with company chairman Neil Gosine
and not because of any suspicion over
Sources also say they are unsure
whether Mohammed will return to the
job once his three-month suspension
ends next Tuesday.
Among revisions proposed to
the House of Representatives
Standing Orders are a recommen-
dation for a Prime Minister s Ques-
tion Time, during which questions
may be put to the PM about mat-
ters of national importance, or on
the general performance of the
Government and government
Prime Minister's Question Time
is proposed for a time designated
on the House agenda during the
second sitting of each month.
The PM's Question Time is not
to exceed 30 minutes and question
to the PM should not exceed 15 sec-
onds in length, must be asked "with-
out argument or opinion and shall
not address more than one matter
of general government policy."
Another proposal is to trim MPs'
speaking time from the current total
of 75 minutes to a total of 40 min-
Currently, MPs in the Lower
House can speak for 45 minutes with
a 30-minute extension.
The report suggests that the mover
of a motion or an MP who pilots a
bill should be able to speak for 40
minutes and the first three MPs
speaking on bills on each bench will
also speak for 40 minutes.
Other MPs will speak for 30 min-
utes with a ten-minute extension if
Presentation of the annual budget,
however, remains at an "unspecified"
period both for the presenter and
the Opposition's response. Other
MPs will have 45 minutes plus a ten-
minute extension to speak on a
Question for ministers
It also proposed parliamentary
committees on topics including
national security, public adminis-
tration and appropriation and on
government assurances. The latter
will scrutinise assurances, promises
and undertakings given by ministers
on the floor of the House and report
on the extent to which these have
been implemented and whether
this was done in the minimum time
necessary for the purpose.
A 15-minute period for urgent
questions is also proposed. Ques-
tions would have to be submitted
to the Clerk of the House in
advance. The Speaker must approve
if the question relates to a matter
which is urgent and has arisen sud-
denly and he considers to require
immediate responses in the public
A minister would be allowed to
decline to answer, if, in his opinion,
publication of the answer would
be contrary to the public interest.
Another proposal calls for
answers to questions on the agenda
to be deferred once only for a max-
imum period of 14 days. Currently,
such questions can be deferred
repeatedly and for longer than two
If the query remains unanswered
at the end of the 14 days, the MP
who asks the question may ask the
Speaker to write to the minister
concerned seeking reasons for the
delays in answering.
Another proposal involves allow-
ing an MP from any party in
Opposition to the Government to
pose questions on any statement
delivered by a minister. If the min-
ister can answer, he shall reply.
The question must be no more
than 15 seconds in length and
should not address more than one
matter of general government pol-
icy. The reply will be limited to
The report also states that
before participating in consider-
ation of any item of business in
the House in which an MP has
a financial interest, the MP should
disclose the extent of that inter-
est.Another proposals bans the use
of Parliament excerpts by political
party advertising or election cam-
paigns, satire or ridicule or com-
The revisions are contained in
the report of the Standing Orders
Committee, presented in Parlia-
House leader Roodal Moonilal,
who laid the report, said work on
the issue had been ongoing for
years through various Parliaments.
The committee comprised
Speaker Wade Mark, Moonilal,
PNM MP Colm Imbert, PNM
whip Marlene McDonald plus PP's
Collin Partap, Jairam Seemungal
and Delmon Baker.
Changes to Parliament's Standing Orders...
for PM proposed
OWTU checks suspended NP CEO's
credentials at foreign schools
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