The National Assembly’s finance department is currently assessing the attendance of Members of Parliament (MPs) before starting deducting allowances from those who abscond proceedings for no valid reasons.
Concerns from some sections of society have been rising accusing the MPs of not regularly attending proceedings in Parliament.
To improve attendance of MPs, the Business Committee last year passed a resolution empowering Parliament to deduct allowances from MPs who absent themselves from Parliament without taking leave of office from the Office of the Speaker of the National Assembly.
However, since adopting the resolution, Parliament is yet to act on the errant lawmakers.
But speaking in an interview yesterday, spokesperson for the National Assembly Leonard Mengezi said the duty to deduct allowances from MPs who abscond parliamentary proceedings remain in the hands of the House’s finance department.
Currently, Mengezi said, National Assembly Secretariat is in the process of reviewing daily attendance of the MPs to pave the way for a resolution by the Business Committee to start implementing the deductions.
“You should know that it is a long process to assess the attendance of the MPs. Currently, we have already paid them allowances for three weeks and we hope to implement the resolution once the assessment is through,” said Mengezi.
He said the assessment involves verifying with the Office of the Speaker if an MP did not have a valid reason for his or her absence, because by procedure, MPs are supposed to take leave of office from the Speaker.
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