MPs pardons apologetic but convicted PAP VP

24May 2019
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
MPs pardons apologetic but convicted PAP VP

THE National Assembly yesterday forgave Shinyanga Urban MP Stephen Masele (CCM) shortly after the Parliamentary Privileges, Ethics and Powers Committee found him guilty on four charges of misconduct and recommended his suspension.

The decision to pardon him came after the youthful lawmaker who is also Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) apologized to the House and pleaded for forgiveness.

 

It was at this moment that the Speaker, Job Ndugai told the House that Masele always misbehaves, causing conflicts among leaders and does not respect authority, thus the House should just ignore  him and forgive him for the misconduct. 

Tabling the committee report, committee chairperson Emmanuel Mwakasaka (Tabora Urban, CCM) said his team found the lawmaker guilty of four offences.

He named them as causing conflicts among leaders, travelling overseas without the Speaker’s permission, sending short phone messages to top leaders and dishonouring calls by the Speaker to appear before the committee.

“The committee found him guilty of four offences and has suggested that he be suspended from the National Assembly for three meetings,” he said.

 However, Masele was later given a chance to talk, seek forgiveness before the House and he apologized to the lawmakers. Nevertheless, the Shinyanga Urban MP noted that among issues that he was accused of, some of them were not right.

About a fortnight ago, Ndugai announced the decision to recall Masele from his role as the Parliament’s representative to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), citing gross indiscipline.

He said he had written to the continental legislature’s president, informing him of the decision of temporary suspension, ordering the MP who is the current PAP First Vice President to appear before the Parliamentary Privileges, Ethics and Powers Committee.

Ndugai told the lawmakers that Masele grossly misbehaved, intoning that the MP seemingly has a lot of problems. “Masele is one among leaders doing a lot of meaningless things, including unnecessarily causing conflicts among top leaders,” said the Speaker.

He said the decision to write to the PAP president followed failure by the Shinyanga MP to honour calls to come back home and let the matters involving him be discussed internally.

The  visibly annoyed Ndugai told theHouse that it was in bad taste that Masele refused to heed his calls and instead went further, accusing his PAP boss of colluding with the Tanzanian parliament speaker to recall him for questioning.

“As if that was not enough Masele went further claiming that he received a call from the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa telling him to continue working and that the issues will be solved later, something that is not true,” the Speaker had asserted.

The MP will also appear before his party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ethics committee for hearing.