By Masmina Turuju Ejidio
The Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro said the State Assemblies will soon be formed, but without members from the Other Political Parties (OPP).
Dr. Lomuro said the OPP has not submitted their list of representatives for appointment due to internal dispute.
“The I-TGoNU and the parties of the National Agenda, the SPLM-IO and SSOA have submitted their list of representatives to the Parliament of the States and these are already compiled ready for appointment” he said during R-JMEC plenary meeting on Thursday.
“Again, dispute between the OPP parties have hampered the submission of the eight representatives, however a decision has been taken to appoint members of the 10 State Parliaments in exclusion of the OPP as was the case with the R-TNLA and the Council of States” he said, adding, “this decision now clears the announcement anytime of the members of parliament in the 10 states”.
OPP is a coalition of six political parties. The coalition has been at the Centre of controversy as the leaders often disagree in the selection of members to the government.
Their members of parliament missed the oath taking on the 30th of August this year, when they disagreed on the list submitted for appointment.
It has been 3 years and 2 months now since the signing of the R-TGoNU in September 2018, the State Assemblies have not been formed.