24 February 2014

Tanzania: Standing Order Editing 'Needs Time'

Dodoma — THE Constituent Assembly continues on Monday with the interim chairman Mr Pandu Ameir Kificho enlightening the parliamentarians on the new schedule and the status of the standing orders.

Speaking to the 'Daily News' the National Assembly clerk, Dr Thomas Kashililah, said the interim chairman will also update the special assembly with the status of the standing orders being deliberated by the 20 member committee appointed by the chairman.

As of Sunday the 20 member team was still deliberating on the standing orders and one member who declined to be named said the orders had a lot of errors that needed to be corrected before being adopted by the assembly.

The source noted that the team might need more time to discuss and have the standing orders in a proper perspective before they are presented to the constituent assembly for adoption.

Dr Kashililah confirmed that if the committee asks for more time it will not be possible for the special assembly to be officially opened this week.

"If more time will be needed then, the whole schedule will be affected, but tomorrow (today) the interim chairman will talk about the schedule and the progress of the 20 member committee team on the standing orders," Dr Kashililah explained adding that his office would issue an order paper later in the day.

President Jakaya Kikwete was expected to officially open the constituent assembly tomorrow before the special assembly officially begins its session on the new constitution for the next 70 legal days and if the work is not completed on time, an additional 20 more days will be granted.

Over the weekend Dr Kashililah had told journalists that president Kikwete might open the special assembly on Thursday or Friday.

However, there is a possibility that the standing order committee might need more time hence push the launching to next week.

He said that once adopted the standing orders will provide guidance on operations of the assembly including how the elections to get the chairman and vice chairman will be conducted.

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