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Minister Musa Responds to Opposition Condemning Curfew Measures

The opposition has come swinging at the Briceno administration for the curfew and travel restrictions in the north.  In a release issued this week the UDP has dubbed the curfew as unconstitutional. 

The opposition has come swinging at the Briceno administration for the curfew and travel restrictions in the north.  In a release issued this week the UDP has dubbed the curfew as unconstitutional.  Minister Kareem Musa in response said the opposition must be discombobulated.

Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs & New Growth Industries

Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs & New Growth Industries: I know that the UDP has issued a call, a press release in which they condemn these regulations this statutory instrument and refer to it as being “unconstitutional”. I don’t know where they’re getting their legal advice but clearly it appears that opposition UDP is in a very discombobulated state that they’re now grabbing on to political straws at a time when the country needs us to be very united in this effort to fight this pandemic, to fight coronavirus. And so they’re attacking this even though they are also the ones who had imposed curfews as well but it is in my opinion grabbing at straws for cheap political mileage and it is going to be to their own demise because people are appreciating the results that we are getting. The results are showing, yesterday I believe only twenty three cases out of some two hundred and fifty seven tests that is a major turnaround from where we were in December actually contemplating a lockdown. And so again it is – I don’t know who is giving them legal advice and saying that this is unconstitutional but they only need to turn to their Public Health Act, open their Public Health Act look at section 83 1 (e) I believe which authorizes the DHS from time to time to present regulations to pass statutory instruments such as the one we passed in December for the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases it says it right there so I don’t know why they’re now coming and saying this is unconstitutional. That is a completely untenable position that they’re taking.”