Nerves tight as expelled MPs attend Parliament

14May 2022
Songa wa Songa
The Guardian
Nerves tight as expelled MPs attend Parliament

​​​​​​​SOME of the troubled lawmakers who have lost an appeal against their expulsion from the main opposition Chadema yesterday attended a parliamentary session as they await verdict on their fate.

The MPs whose status hangs in the balance made it to Parliament grounds at 9am, proceeded to the debating chambers and participated as usual, including asking questions.

Those who made it to the chamber are Salome Makamba, Esther Matiko, Tunza Malapo, Jesca Kishoa, Anatropia Theonest, Asya Mohamed and Stella Fiao.

Emmanuel Mwakasaka (Tabora Urban), who chairs the parliamentary committee on the privileges, ethics and powers of MPs, said that it is the Speaker of the National Assembly who is vested with the decision on the fate of the MPs.

The Speaker, Dr Tulia Ackson will tell the House about the fate of these MPs, he said, noting that   what happened in the party governing council cannot be automatically transmitted to the legislature without following existing laws and procedures.

When a member of parliament loses membership to a party which sponsored them to the legislature, that party, via the secretary general, must write to the Speaker’s Office on that development, so that the Speaker declares the seats to be vacant.

The council late Wednesday voted to expel the 19 special seats MPs whose swearing in was contested by the party. In December 2020, the sacked women cadres appealed to the council on the party central committee’s decision to strip them of their party membership.

The committee’s decision the previous month touched the women’s wing chairperson Halima Mdee, and 18 others, charged with violating party directives.

The others are ex-Bawacha vice chairperson Hawa Mwaifunga, national secretary Grace Tendega, deputy secretary general Jesca Kishoa, ex-parliamentary public accounts committee (PAC) chairperson Naghenjwa Kaboyoka and Mtwara regional chairperson, Tunza Malapo.

Others are Cecilia Pareso, Sophia Mwakagenda, Anatropia Theonest, Salome Makamba, Stella Fiao, Agnesta Kaiza, Hawa Mwaifunga, Felista Njau, Kunti Majala, Asia Mohamed, Conchesta Rwamulaza, ex-Bunda and Tarime Urban MPs Ester Bulaya and Esther Matiko respectively, and the ex-youth wing secretary general Nusrat Hanje.