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Makinda says contrary to 2011, MPs have stood by House rules this year

23rd March 2012
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Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda

Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda said yesterday that most of the legislators now understood parliament rules and regulations better than last year, where some of the MPs violated them.

Opening a two-day induction seminar for the parliamentary steering committee and members of the administrative commission in Dar es Salaam, Makinda said since the 10th parliament was endorsed there were notable changes among the MPs.

She noted that the two groups were crucial and needed to work closely. She said some MPs were ignorant of the parliamentary rules and regulations, which led some of them to face trouble.

“These two organs of the parliament are important to ensure efficiency,” Makinda said.

She noted that during the seminar various topics would be presented and discussed. She said one of the topics was a relationship between the executive, the judiciary and the legislature and the MPs needed to understand properly the government’s working system so that they could execute their duties smoothly.

According to Makinda, the topic on good governance and ethics has been purposely designed to equip the legislatures with good governance skills.

“You should discuss all matters in a transparent manner. Contributions should come from the practical experience you have gained within one and a half years,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kilindi MP Beatrice Shelukindo said the seminar would help them improve efficiency in executing daily responsibilities.

Shelukindo said through the seminar it would be easy for them to know their boundaries. She noted that some of them were not aware of the exact responsibilities of each body.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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