Let’s not be hasty to dethrone Umbala just yet. George Umbala Joseph is in a class all his own and has quite a few good years yet ahead of him. And if anyone is to be named heir of Umbala’s throne, it should be Wade Mark.
Mr. Mark has not disappointed. In a committee meeting yesterday (of which he was Chair) he refused to entertain opposing comments, telling Minister Christine Kangaloo that he would rule her “out of order” when she hadn’t yet asked a question – she was merely trying to bring some reason to the fast-escalating confrontation between Mark and the Minister of Social Development, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid. Mark instructed Abdul-Hamid to “be quiet”, and when he insisted that he would not, Mark then threatened to call the police and have Abdul-Hamid escorted out of the meeting – but not before uttering this gem:
“I am the King of this Committee. And you are my subject.”