7 February 2013

Tanzania: Bunge Seeks Lasting Solutions to 'Skirmishes'

Dodoma — DEPUTY Speaker Job Ndugai has announced that the Parliament will table, in the coming meeting, proposals which will lead into review of the current standing orders seeking to restore 'shaking' credibility of the House.

Mr Ndugai was speaking during a live morning programme aired by the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), adding that some incidents occurring during Parliamentary sessions need to be revisited to put it in order. He said it was also expected that the Parliament will be more effective and with reviewed standing orders to be accommodated in the new constitution come 2014.

"We have come to a point where we think there is an urgent need to review some regulations governing functions of the House and if things go well they will be brought during the coming meeting," he said. The deputy speaker mentioned one of the standing orders to be revisited as that of MPs to draw the attention of the Chair for anything they want in the House or the government to explain.

Currently, undisciplined MPs are using the opportunity to randomly rise up, switch on the microphone and shout at the Chair. "You hardly find this scenario in other countries' Parliamentary systems. It is high time we seek a permanent solution for the House to return to the right direction," he said.

He challenged MPs to understand regulations governing private motions and how they are supposed to be handled, instead of pointing accusing fingers to the Speaker and her Deputy with 'baseless' allegations.

Mr Ndugai said basically a private motion is an agenda of an individual MP and is not owned by his party or camp adding under the present regulations, if allowed for discussion in the House; it must be countered by the responsible minister like it happened on Tuesday.

"Now what was the source of the brawl during Honourable Mnyika's private motion? Minister Jumanne Maghembe was right to comment and counter it," he said.

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