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