The Executive Director of the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), Dr. Rasheed Draman has expressed worry over Parliament’s posturing over the past year.

According to him, the disturbances that ensued on the floor of Parliament during proceedings last year, were embarrassing and a dent on the country’s reputation.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, I will put them at about 4 out of ten. This is mainly because there have been some ugly scenes in Parliament which constitutes very serious dent in our profile as a country. The two sides not seeing eye to eye affects the business of the house.”

“If you look at the last meeting, they were not able to do very much in terms of passing bills because they were busily haggling and fighting over e-levy and all the rest of it.

Speaking on the AM Show on Tuesday, he cited the brawls that characterised the election of the Speaker and the debate over the e-levy component of the 2022 budget statement as the low points.

Dr. Draman added that those low moments could have been avoided if proper engagements had taken place.

Dr. Draman expects the House to tone down on disagreements during deliberations and resort to dialogue instead.



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