Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Kamina Johnson Smith has apologised to Opposition Senator Floyd Morris for her comments, after he requested that documents be prepared to facilitate his visual impairment.
Senator Morris walked out of last Friday’s sitting of the Senate after the government brought new amendments to the National Identification and Registration Act which he was unable to read.
Senator Morris requested that the material be converted into a format which he could access.
However, Mrs Johnson Smith said she did not think it would have been difficult for Senator Morris to follow.
This further angered Mr. Morris who later walked out of the Senate.
During this morning’s sitting of the Senate, Mrs. Johnson Smith said she meant no disrespect by her comments.
Leader of Government Business Senator Kamina Johnson Smith
Meantime, Opposition Senator Floyd Morris accepted the apology.
Opposition Senator Floyd Morris
For his part President of the Senate, Tom Tavares Finson urged the house clerk to ensure that Senator Morris receives the documents on time and in the appropriate format.
President of the Senate, Tom Tavares Finson
The government is seeking to have the bill passed in order for government to be eligible for a US $68 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB.
The National Identification and Registration Act 2017 will allow for National Identification System NIDS where each Jamaican will be assigned a unique 9 digit National Identification Number.