MORE BILLS PASSED BY PAR­LIA­MENT THIS YEAR DE­SPITE STAND-OFF BE­TWEEN CABI­NET, MPS

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

De­spite the stand­off that led to the prime min­is­ter and cabi­net boy­cotting par­lia­men­tary busi­ness this past two weeks, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from both the House of Assem­bly and Sen­ate have passed more bills this year than the last two. Even though the fourth ses­sion of the tenth par­lia- ment has been lit­tered with hic­cups which have seen par­lia­men­tary busi­ness halted, there were 17 bills passed since busi­ness com­menced in April. Out of the 19 bills that were tabled be­fore both cham­bers in 2015, only six bills were passed. The House of Assem­bly hav­ing con­vened 43 sit­tings last year, with the first held on 22nd Fe­bru­ary and the l ast on 28th Novem­ber 2016, MPs passed only 10 bills into law. How­ever, this year a to­tal of 17 bills had been passed by par­lia­ment. No­tably, 10 of the 17 though listed as passed this year are at the re-com­mit­tal stage which means they are tech­ni­cally passed by both cham­bers since mes­sages have been sent to the House of Assem­bly for con­cur­rence or oth­er­wise. On Thurs­day some MPs ex­pressed the view that there would be more work done in the leg­isla­tive process had the Cabi­net min­is­ters at­tended the ses­sions in­stead of the boy­cott, cit­ing that some of the things listed on the Or­der Paper were pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate of ur­gency.

Ac­cord­ing to the Par­lia­ment's re­ports for the year 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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