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Opposition Counters With Motion Against A-G

The Opposition is now alleging that Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum used vulgar language in the House during Monday’s sitting. On Monday, the Attorney-General was asked by the Opposition for evidence related
20 May 2015 10:42
Opposition Counters With Motion Against A-G
Semesa Karavaki

The Opposition is now alleging that Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum used vulgar language in the House during Monday’s sitting.

On Monday, the Attorney-General was asked by the Opposition for evidence related to a breach of privilege by Opposition by parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

After getting the Speaker’s approval, he repeated comments made by Ratu Naiqama at a Social Democratic Party (SODELPA) constituency meeting last week.

The matter was raised during a point of order by Opposition member, Semesa Karavaki yesterday.

Mr Karavaki said he would produce evidence for the Speaker’s judgment on what he considers a breach of standing orders and parliamentary decorum and privilege.

Speaker to Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni acknowledged that the issue had been related to her in her chambers and would rule on the matter at a later sitting date.

Meanwhile, Opposition members Mosese Bulitavu and Niko Nawaikula also questioned Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s membership of the Parliamentary Privileges Committee.

The Attorney-General, on Monday, had moved a motion asking that Opposition parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama be cited for a breach of parliamentary privilege and referred to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee.

Mr Bulitavu questioned the impartiality of the Attorney-General as the mover of the motion and complainant.

In response, Mr Sayed Khaiyum said, “When the motion is moved from one side of the House obviously the Motion is moved on the basis of support of it and obviously the motion is moved from this side of the House because we believe in it and when the committee meets it will look into the information, the evidences put to it and they will come to a conclusion.”

Opposition MP Tupou Draunidalo also asked the Speaker to suspend the deliberations of the Committee until she gave her ruling on whether or not a complainant could sit in judgment of the person accused.

Dr Jiko Luveni said that she could not discuss the work of the Privileges Committee as it was currently sitting and would provide her ruling at a later date.

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