The Personal Assistant to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ean McPherson, has filed a complaint with the Ethnic Relations Commission against Opposition Member of Parliament, Maureen Philadelphia.
It was McPherson who grabbed the Mace of the Assembly from the Opposition MPs after they grabbed it from its holding place in the National Assembly in an effort to bring a halt to last evening’s sitting when the controversial National Resource Fund Bill was being presented.
McPherson who campaigned with the governing PPP at the last elections said he filed the complaint after “racial slurs” were hurled at him by the Opposition Member of Parliament who was caught on camera in the hallway immediately outside the Assembly referring to McPherson as a “house negro” as the two exchanged words while he was on the floor holding onto the Mace.
The man who started his job in the National Assembly one year ago said he thought he needed to secure the Mace after it was grabbed by the Opposition Members from its place in front of the Speaker and ended up outside the Assembly.
He claimed that in addition to the verbal insults, he was also physically assaulted.
The life of the last Ethnic Relations Commission came to an end several months ago and there have been no moves by the Government since then to reconstitute the body. However, there is a CEO and management team in place at the Commission.
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