Parliament, Tuesday 06 September 2022 – Parliament’s delegate to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and Chairperson of the PAP Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, Mr Thembekile Majola, says the current PAP Rules of Procedure are not sufficient and adequate to enable them to reinvigorate the PAP to be a model continental Parliament that is capable of achieving its objectives as espoused by its founding legal frameworks.

The newly elected PAP Bureau, under the leadership of Zimbabwean Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira, has set the revival, renewal, repositioning and reinvigoration of the PAP - which is an important Organ of the African Union - as one of its key strategic objectives.

To kick start the reinvigoration process the PAP’s Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline is this week hosting a four-day Consultative Workshop on the Revision of the PAP Rules of Procedure to identify gaps and to close them in order to build a model Parliament that will be a source of pride for the multitudes of ordinary men and women of the continent.

Speaking at the opening day of the workshop yesterday Mr Majola, a representative of the Democratic Alliance in the National Assembly, said the review of the PAP Rules of Procedure is an important linchpin to help the PAP to achieve its strategic objectives.

Mr Majola said the current Rules were silent on how the President or Presiding Officers should deal with Members who display unparliamentary behavior, like being disorderly, in the House.

He said the collective behavior of MPs, which led to the suspension of the sittings of the PAP’s Fourth Ordinary Session in June last year, when there was disagreed on the implementation of the Principle of Rotation didn’t inspire confidence to the toiling masses of the African citizens who were following the proceedings. The Rules were also not .

Mr Majola said one of the expected outcomes of theworkshop is to help the PAP to review and to strengthen its Rules of Procedure which will help to bring dignity and enforce the decorum of the House and the PAP.“The PAP Rules of Procedure is of cardinal importance to guide our work and to enable us to achieve our objectives as the voice of millions of voiceless citizens of the African Continent,” he concluded.

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