Calm returns to Parliament as truce holds

National Assembly
National Assembly

Calm returned to Parliament today after two days of chaos that disrupted Parliamentary business following protests by opposition Members of Parliament over the stalled constitution making process.

Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has in the last two days been forced to suspend business of the house amidst chaotic scenes as opposition Members of Parliament demanded that the issue of the new constitution be addressed by Government.

This followed the opposition Members of Parliament’s dissatisfaction with a ministerial statement made by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba on Wednesday to update the House on the constitution making process.

When the house reconvened today with business starting with the usual Vice President’s question time, opposition Members of Parliament who have declared a temporary truce took advantage of the opportunity to pose questions to Vice President Guy Scott pertaining to the constitution asking when government will enact the new constitution.

In his response, Dr Scott said government is waiting for the Technical Committee on drafting the constitution to present its report before there can be any further progress.

The Vice President says government is not in dispute that the constitution should be people driven.