Bunge-Govt camaraderie is not good for national interest
to tame the Leader of Official Opposition and even subject him to some uncalled for humiliation.
So after 55 years – only few comparisons can still be cited with the British House of Commons: the symbolic mace, the Sergeant at Arms, House clerks, whips and cloakrooms.
In fact our version of this important institution is more pitiful, if the full story can be told. Its traditional role as a rubber stamp House despite the era of plural politics continues, even though that is now being put up to serious resistance, especially over its integrity as a representative of the poor. But as they say, traditions die hard.
It’s hard, of course, to fathom this, that we, perpetually with advanced bowls in hand begging money from the same British (from whose parliamentary system we aped), to enable us sustain our own budget and therefore our livelihood, can afford to outdo them in luxurious ambience for our lawmakers, whose main task has sadly been reduced to that of rubberstamping what the Government wants or says.
Furthermore, astronomical costs involved in running our Parliament are incompatible with its viability – especially if one closely examines the input from the members. For example, it cannot be remembered when the last time a private member’s Bill was introduced, let alone passed into law.
But the one function that is slowly being usurped by our Parliament is the shielding or vindication, or attempts at vindication or shielding of high level criminals – those accused of corruption and abuse of office. It’s not clear wherefrom the habit crept in. If one closely follows the Lugumi saga, one will understand what I mean.
Wisdom will always expect the MPs of a party that holds House majority to use that majority for the common good of the citizens, by among others, endeavouring to cleanse the society of the corruption vice, not only by exposing the criminals, but also ensuring they face the wrath of the law they (MPs) enacted.