MPs tightlipped on House Speaker controversy
One week after Speaker of the House Michael Carrington recused himself over a legal dispute with a former client, the Committee of Privileges held its first hearing on the matter.
But all of the parliamentarians who attended the one-hour session have declined to disclose the nature or outcome of the discussions.
It is understood, however, that another meeting would be convened next Monday.
Carrington, who normally chairs the committee, was absent for today’s 10 a.m. meeting.
Barbados TODAY understands that Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly and St Michael South East MP Santia Bradshaw who had challenged Carrington presiding over last Tuesday’s sitting of the House, St Michael East MP Trevor Prescod, St Michael North MP Ronald Toppin, Attorney General and St Philip North MP Adriel Brathwaite, and Minister of Agriculture and St Philip West MP Dr David Estwick, all met under the chairmanship of St John MP and Deputy Speaker Mara Thompson.
When members emerged from the meeting, they were mum, insisting that they were sworn to secrecy.
Two weeks ago, it was reported that a High Court judge ordered Carrington to pay his former client, John Griffiths, an outstanding $210,000 from the sale of land.
When Parliament resumed hearings following the Christmas recess last Tuesday, Bradshaw raised the issue saying it was a matter of “public concern” and she pressed the Speaker to explain the circumstances surrounding the case.
Carrington, an attorney-at-law, instead gave way to his deputy, Thompson, and left the House of Assembly chamber.
According to an affidavit filed by Griffiths, who was represented by the law firm George Walton Payne and Company, Carrington had repeatedly ignored requests for settlement.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, the 78-year-old man said he would go after Carrington’s assets to recover the money if he had to.