Ndugai now recalls Masele from Africa representation

17May 2019
Polycarp Machira
Dodoma
The Guardian
Ndugai now recalls Masele from Africa representation

SPEAKER of the National Assembly, Job Ndugai has recalled the Shinyanga (Urban) MP, Stephen Masele from his position as the parliament's representative to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), citing gross indiscipline.

He said he had written to the continental parliament'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 is reportedly have grossly misbehaved, noting that the MP seemingly has a lot of problems. "Masele is one of the 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 follows failure by the Shinyanga MP to honour his calls to come back home and let the matters involving him be discussed internally.

The seemingly annoyed Ndugai told the legislature 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 on claiming that he received a call from Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa telling him to continue working and that the issues will be solved later, something that is not true," he declared.

Ndugai also explained that the MP will also appear before the CCM ethics committee for hearing.

The Pan African Parliament is one of the organs of the African Union’s 54 member states all of whom are represented at the PAP by five MPs selected from among members of national assemblies.

MP Masele was elected First Vice President representing the Eastern Region. The others are MP Haidara Aichata Cisse from Mali (Western Region) elected Second Vice President and MP Bouras Djamal from Algeria, representing the Northern Region, as PAP's Third Vice President.

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