In a statement today, the opposition party said” The APNU+AFC Coalition notes with alarm the stunning admission today by Ms. Oneidge Walrond that she was a dual citizen at the time she was sworn in as Minister of Government and as a Member of Parliament.
The following is the text of the APNU/AFC Statement:
The issue of dual citizenship of Members of Parliament has occupied the national headlines and attention for most of the past 20 months.
Ms. Walrond is an attorney-at-law whose professional duty is to be au fait with the law.
The Chief Justice of Guyana has ruled that, based on the Constitution of Guyana, dual citizens are not eligible to be Members of Parliament.
There is no distinction, with regard to eligibility, between elected Members of Parliament and technocrat Members of Parliament.
A person’s dual citizenship comes to an end at the time of the dated renunciation certificate, NOT at the time when one decides to embark on the process.
Ms. Walrond admits that at the time she was sworn in as a Minister, on August 5th 2020, she was not in possession of the renunciation certificate.
Ms. Walrond does not specifically state that at the time when she was sworn in as a Member of Parliament that her citizenship was renounced.
Ms. Walrond is being disingenuous and duplicitous and misleading when she states that she “immediately renounced her citizenship”. There is no such thing as the immediate renouncing of one’s citizenship. It is a process and it is only formal and final AFTER the process is completed, not when one initiates the process.
In any event it is clear that at the time when Ms. Walrond was sworn in as a Minister (August 5th, 2020) she was not eligible to be a Minister as all Ministers must be eligible to be Members of Parliament.
Ms. Walrond is in breach of the Constitution of Guyana and is therefore scandalously and illegally squatting in the National Assembly.
Ms. Walrond has deliberately refused to make public her renunciation certificate as it is clear that the date thereon would confirm that she is in breach of the Constitution of Guyana.
The APNU+AFC Coalition condemns the downright deceitful utterances of Gail Teixeira who bears responsibility for Parliamentary Affairs, which were reported by Demerara Waves on Friday, October 23, 2020.
Teixeira had said that Ms. Walrond had renounced her US citizenship before she, Walrond , took the oath as a Member of Parliament.
Ms. Walrond’s confession and admission has exposed the lies and misinformation that Teixeira sought to dump on the nation in an effort to sweep this disgraceful and shameful matter under the carpet.
The APNU+AFC demands Ms. Walrond’s immediate resignation and removal as a Member of Parliament.
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