Parliament adjourns sitting over errors

Jemma, Nunu Kumba Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly/Courtesy photo

By Taban Henry

The Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) has called off its ordinary sitting No.6/2022 due to errors observed in the 2022 amendment bill that is made up of the police, prison warden, fire brigade and SPLA laws.

Speaking in her address to the August house, the Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Jema Nunu Kumba said the report that was to be presented by the standing specialized committees on Defense and Veteran Affairs was having errors.

She said that the names in the bill have some problems which need to be omitted, arguing that the amendment Bill contradicts the constitution.

She said that the siting was adjourned, as they consulted with the Ministry of Justice based on the justification made before it would be brought back to the house for deliberation.

“We have consulted with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, about the Bill made on the police, prison warden, fire brigade and SPLA of which the name SPLA was not changed. It seems there is a problem or omission in amendment Bill No.9 right now the constitution is not amended, therefore this amendment Bill, to amend the Act contradicts the constitution itself,” the Speaker said.

She further stated that based on that advice, they would give time to the Ministry of Justice to exactly find out what happened to the amendment Bill No.9, as to why the amendment Bill was not changed or omitted.

In addition, the Speaker called on other committees to submit their reports, especially the committee on security, saying the time allocated is gone.

“I hope you will bring report so that we shall make them available for the next sitting which may be tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, in case of any problem let us discuss as the heads of the standing committees in my office to get a briefing on your respective committees,” she stressed.    

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