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Backdown By Prasad

The Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, yesterday reminded MPs to uphold the integrity and sanctity of the Speaker’s office. She made the statement after Biman Prasad, the National Federation
02 Dec 2014 11:02
Backdown By Prasad

The Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, yesterday reminded MPs to uphold the integrity and sanctity of the Speaker’s office.

She made the statement after Biman Prasad, the National Federation Party leader, apologised for criticising Dr Luveni in the media over the Public Accounts Committee row.

Mr Prasad questioned her role and impartiality. He yesterday said he was sorry in an urgent Business Committee meeting before Parliament sat.

His apology saved Mr Prasad from facing a motion in the House over his behaviour.

Dr Luveni said she had accepted his apology and thanked him for it. She also thanked Attorney-General and Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum for withdrawing a motion about the need to uphold the integrity and sanctity of the Speaker’s office. The motion was listed item No 8 in the Order Paper.

Dr Luveni said: “Members of the House, let me remind you that confidence in the impartiality of the Speaker is an indispensable condition of the successful making of procedures and many conventions exist which as their object not only to ensure the impartiality of the Speaker but to also ensure that the impartiality is generally recognised.”

“The Speaker is in a special position. Being the embodiment of Parliament, reflections upon the Speaker’s character or conduct directly attack the very institution of Parliament itself.

“This unfortunate incident of comments to the media about the Speaker cannot be condoned. This was the purpose of the motion.

“There is a number of examples throughout the Commonwealth as to how members have been reprimanded for making such comments

“I wish to take this opportunity to remind all members of this House that we must all times protect this Parliament and its integrity which means protecting the sanctity of the Office of Speaker.”

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