: Judiciary has no power over legislative proceedings
Ukawa's Co- Chairperson, James Mbatia
Speaking to journalist here yesterday, Ukawa's Co- Chairperson James Mbatia shared his concerns that there are ongoing covert operations to subvert parliament from reviewing the documents.
Accompanied by Ukawa's
Legal Adviser Tundu Lissu, Mkanyageni MP Habib Mnyaa (CUF) and several other members of the coalition in the Parliament, Mbatia
said the CAG report has indicated that the Tegeta Escrow Account had tax payers' monies.
"It's clear that several government officials have been implicated in the report, however that shouldn't be a reason for the government to stop the debate," he
"The parliament's role is to oversee the government and advice where possible...but, there are reports that the Chief Justice wrote a letter to parliament seeking to prevent the debate," he
"They want to postpone the debate on grounds that the matter is still with the court but the country statute maintains that the judiciary has no power to interfere with legislative proceedings," he
said the coalition wants enough time to debate the matter and that all those implicated should be booked for legal proceedings and other political disciplinary actions.
"We only want justice," Mbatia
"We want parliamentarians to be given ample time to go through the reports as quickly as possible so that they can discuss the content with authenticity," he
explained noting that a single day is not sufficient to debate the matter and so the remaining 'bunge' five days (next week) should be spared to debate the matter.