East African Legislative Assembly, Midrand, South Africa: August 5, 2016: The 8th Annual Conference of Speakers has opened in Midrand, South Africa. In attendance at the two-day Conference whose theme is from “Adoption of the African Union Treaties in particular the new Protocol of the PAP” are over 30 Speakers from the National Assemblies and Regional Parliaments in the continent.
The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Rt Hon Bethel Pakalita Mosisili opened the two-day conference.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister reiterated the importance of ratifying the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the Pan-African Parliament that empowers the continental Assembly to execute its mandate to accord credence to the AU Policies and programmes.
A section of the African Speakers in attendance
“African States are urged to sign and ratify the Malabo Protocol. In addition, a balance of legislative powers must be struck between the National Parliaments and the Continental Assembly (PAP) to ensure acceptability as we move towards continental free trade area and continental integration” the Premier said.
The Prime Minister called for popular participation and engagement of citizens in the processes. “It is absolutely critical that we carry our people along. It cannot and must not be a leaders’ or a Governments’ issue alone. Our people must fully comprehend, accept and own the process. The need for concerted education on the matter cannot be overemphasized. This is so as to avoid a repeat of what happened in Europe – Brexit”, he added.
EALA Speaker, Rt Hon Daniel F. Kidega re-affirmed the need for African Governments to speed up the ratification process of the revised Protocol of the Pan African Parliament. The Protocol among other things, aims at giving PAP opportunity to develop model laws and elections of Members through universal suffrage once the electoral code is in place.
The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Rt Hon Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili opens the 8th Conference of Annual Speakers at the PAP headquarters in Midrand, South Africa.
Making key note remarks while presenting a paper entitled; “Plan of Action for PAP to achieve Legislative Powers, Rt Hon Kidega said legislation was a key function of any legislature and called for the harmonious balancing of power and interaction between the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary.