HRDC presence Disrupts Parliament

Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara ordered the adjournment Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara ordered the adjournment - file photo

Parliament yesterday was forced into early adjournment after some legislators from government benches raised concerns over the presence of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders in the visitors’ gallery.

Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara ordered the adjournment.

HRDC chairperson Mtambo expressed surprise with the conduct of the MPs.

“We came here as citizens to appreciate how deliberations are done in the chamber. Every citizen has the right to do this. We have been allowed in by security, we surprised to hear that we are security threat,” Mtambo said.

The HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo and his vice Gift Trapence accompanied by their 4 security personnel arrived at Parliament “to monitor parliament deliberations.”

This did not go well with Members of Parliament from the government side who alleged that their safety was threatened by the HRDC presence in the August house.

The house was briefly suspended to allow the Business Committee to discuss the security concern as sought by Deputy leader of the house, Martha Lunji.

The HRDC leaders were forced to leave Parliament before the Business Committee came back with a resolution.

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