Category: Africa Published on Saturday, 18 August 2012 13:09 Written by Waakhe Simon Wudu
The Deputy Speaker Hastin Yokwe said the parliament is breaking for three months starting next week to enable MPs mobilise their constituents for the planting season.
“I want to inform our citizens in the State that officially the State Legislative assembly is breaking for recess formally starting on 24th of this month for three months and it will end on the 16th of November,” said Yokwe in an exclusive interview.
This is the first recess the Assembly is having this year due to tight schedule witnessed at the house.
The legislators are supposed to break for recess every three months.
During the recess, members are expected to interact with the citizens in the various constituencies so as to be in position to reflect the reality of the issues of the State during policy formulation.
Pointing out some of the few achievements, Yokwe said the parliament was able to debate and pass numerous resolutions on issues of land, security and the mistreatment state citizens at the border during acquisition of national cards.
The August House also passed a resolution tasking the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure to come up with a land law which is lacking.
Yokwe was however skeptical on how effective the implementation of the resolutions has been executed.
“Well, we are monitoring the executive to see how they are implementing. At this stage I can not say we have achieved or seen concrete results because some of these resolutions actually take time to be effected,” he said.
Yokwe pointed out logistics as one key challenge that affects smooth activities of the parliament.
He said that some MPs lack vehicles to facilitate them in implementing some of the parliament’s resolutions.
Access to some areas in the state is difficult, a factor which has affected the effective work of the legislators.
Yokwe pointed out that there is still confusion on the relationship between the State and National government on implementation of some policies.
He has urged the parliamentarians to mobilize their various constituencies on agricultural activities during the rainy season