By Eliaser Ndeyanale
DTA leader McHenry Venaani Wednesday last week raised concerns about more bills coming to the house with only six days before the National Assembly goes on recess.
Venaani questioned whether the house would do justice to the bills.
“We have a problem with bills coming (to National Assembly) late, some of these bills are complex in their nature. Are we going to extend the seating or what are we going to do as we only have six days to go?” he asked immediately after Finance minister Calle Schlettwein tabled the Public Private Partnership Bill.
“We had an occasion where bills we have passed in this house were rejected by the National Council because we are not doing our work,” Venaani said.
Rule 53 (a) of the National Assembly’s Standing rule and order puts a cutting date in October that no Bill should be tabled after November 1, unless such a Bill is urgent.
The bills that were tabled in the National Assembly included the Land Bill and the Public Private Partnership Bill.
As of last week, among the bills that were pending and yet to be tabled were Property Valuers Profession Amendment Bill, Nature Conservation Amendment Bill, Witness Bill, Whistle-blowers Protection Bill. Last month National Assembly Speaker Prof Peter Katjavivi cautioned MPs against constantly abandoning their duties of representing Government in Parliament. Acknowledging that non-attendance of MPs hurt critical House business, the Speaker said then that when ministers are not attending Parliament sessions, the House could not conduct business effectively as questions posed to them had to be postponed continuously.
Again in September Katjavivi stressed that there has been a lack of proper coordination in the tabling of bills in the House. He then asked the executive branch to give the legislative arm of Government sufficient time to review bills brought before the National Assembly.
“The Executive needs to give the House ample time to review bills. Not all bills should be treated with urgency,” said Katjavivi.
“The issue of rushing through bills undermines the timetable of the House and compromises the quality of the final piece of legislation that emanates from such a bill.”
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