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Sitta ana haki ya kuingilia maamuzi ya Wapinzani?

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by BAK, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Sitta: Cheyo sacking is most complicated

    By Samuel Kamndaya, Dodoma
    THE CITIZEN
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    The controversy over the sacking of Mr John Cheyo as a shadow minister deepened yesterday, with National Assembly Speaker Samuel Sitta announcing that he would seek legal advice to resolve the issue.


    But the Leader of the Official Opposition, Mr Hamad Rashid Mohammed, declared that Tuesday's removal of the Bariadi East MP from the Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development portfolio was final.
    Mr Cheyo, the sole United Democratic Party MP, angered his opposition colleagues on Tuesday, by voting for the passing of the 2010/11 Budget against their common stand.
    Yesterday, speaking in Parliament, Mr Sitta said the matter was "very complicated", hence his decision to consult legal experts before making his ruling.
    He said he had received notification from Mr Mohammed on the decision to remove Mr Cheyo from his post for reportedly breaching a common opposition stand and supporting the government estimates of income and expenditure for the next financial year.


    The Speaker said he had also received a letter from Mr Cheyo, protesting against his removal, arguing that the vote on the Budget was his personal decision, and that he was not obliged to align himself to any opposition stand.


    Speaker Sitta said though Mr Cheyo's fate would be determined soon, the issue was complex because it involved the interpretation of Parliament's standing regulations.


    "I have received letters from both parties and have duly forwarded them to Parliament's legal personnel so that they can advise me before I make a decision soon," he said.


    However, speaking in an interview on the State-owned TBC Radio yesterday, Mr Mohammed said: "The Shadow Cabinet is like an alternative government whose decision to appoint or remove the holder of any portfolio is final and not subject on any other body."

    He said he was empowered by parliamentary regulations to constitute or disband the Shadow Cabinet.
    On Tuesday, Mr Mohammed replaced Mr Cheyo as the Shadow Minister with his deputy, Mr Ali Said Salim, of CUF, who is the Ziwani MP.


    "With the powers bestowed on me under the Parliamentary Standing Order 15, Subsection 1, I hereby reshuffle my Cabinet… Mr Cheyo is no longer the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development because he has acted against the official agreement of the Shadow Cabinet," Mr Mohammed told a press conference.
    He was accompanied by his deputy, Dr Willibrod Slaa, the Chadema Secretary General and MP for Karatu.


    Mr Cheyo went into Mr Mohammed's black book after he gave a thumbs-up to the Sh11.6 trillion 2010/11 Budget, which the opposition had resolved to reject.


    Out of the Shadow Cabinet, Mr Cheyo will now not enjoy the right to present a 30-minute speech as the opposition spokesperson, when the ministry tables its budget. Instead, he will speak for not more than 10 minutes in his own capacity as an MP, during the general debate.

    He was the only opposition MP who supported the Budget, even though Mr Shoka Khamis Juma (CUF-Micheweni) appeared to have done the same.


    However, Mr Juma vehemently denied this, insisting that he had said ‘No' or ‘Sio' in Kiswahili instead of ‘Hapana' (both mean ‘No' in Kiswahili.)


    Mr Juma also defended himself saying: "I was not in the meeting when my colleagues agreed to use ‘Hapana' instead of ‘Sio'… So when I said ‘Sio' to mean ‘No' many thought I said ‘Ndio' (which means ‘Yes' in Kiswahili)…The fact, however, is that I meant ‘No'".


    Dr Slaa said it was awkward for any opposition member to clap for the government budget, while the role of opposition parties is to challenge the administration in policy formulation.


    "Mr Speaker, the opposition political parties are meant give hope to wananchi when they see the ruling party failing them... political parties that clap for the government's budget will always play the ‘escorting role' during elections."
    Dr Slaa was presenting the opposition's views on the budget proposals for the Prime Minister's office.


    On Tuesday, Mr Mohammed said this was the second time that Mr Cheyo had ‘betrayed' the Official Opposition.


    He said it was strange for an opposition MP to give the thumbs up to a budget that "contains numerous potholes" that need immediate redress.


    "The Official Opposition must be respected. Any members going against it should either resign should be forced to step down," said Mr Mohammed.



    But Mr Cheyo countered that Mr Mohammed has no powers to relieve him of his shadow ministerial post. He said his purported sacking was a violation of the terms agreed upon when the opposition parties formed a single bench.


    "As far as I am concerned, I remain the Shadow Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development… Denying me the position means that we have to rescind the agreements reached when we formed the opposition bench," said Mr Cheyo.


    He said his only problem with the Budget was the Sh8 billion that had been deducted from the allocation to the Office of Controller and Auditor General (CAG).
    "Now, that the government has assured me that it will give the CAG his Sh8 billion, just as I had asked. I, therefore, have no objection to the budget… A time comes when we have to put national interests ahead of those of our political parties."
     
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    Ndachuwa JF-Expert Member

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    Mbali na kupewa dakika 30 badala ya 10 za kuzungumza kama Waziri kivuli kuna maslahi mengine ya kumfanya Cheyo agombee kurudishiwa cheo chake wakati Bunge halina zaidi ya mwezi livunjwe?
     
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    :hail:kama spika sita mwenyewe mshika mpini wa hizo standing PSAs anasita, je sisi tutajuaje? au tuseme ni politically motivated move sio suala la sheria hapo? unakumbuka maamuzi ya jana ya MYR tz? tunaambiwa mgombea binafsi ni suala la kisiasa na wala si la kisheria. pengine trend inaangukia hapo. lets just wait and see. time will tell.:hail:
     
  4. BAK

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    Cheyo sacking is legitimate: Sitta Saturday, 19 June 2010 10:29

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    Bariadi East MP John Cheyo

    By Samuel Kamndaya, Dodoma
    THE CITIZEN

    It is now official. Mr John Cheyo will no longer be a shadow minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development.He will therefore not deliver a 30-minute speech during the ministry's 2010/11-budget presentation in Parliament.

    National Assembly Speaker Samuel Sitta told the House here yesterday that the Leader of Official Opposition in the Parliament, Mr Hamad Rashid Mohammed, was right to sack him.He said Mr Cheyo - the Bariadi East MP on a United Democratic Party ticket - endorsed the 2010/11 Budget, while his colleagues in the opposition camp had agreed on a common stand to reject it.

    Mr Cheyo's acceptance of the budget amounts to betrayal.

    "The decision by the Leader of Official Opposition in the Parliament, to take disciplinary measures against Mr Cheyo for going against the official position of the opposition bench, was proper in as far as parliamentary standing orders; and best practices are concerned," said Mr Sitta.

    He said should the scenario involved a ruling party MP, he or she would have also be disciplined.

    Mr Sitta said he had consulted lawyers so as do justice to both sides after Mr Cheyo complained against Mr Rashid's action.The bone of contention between Mr Rashid and

    Mr Cheyo was the only opposition MP to support the budget presented by Finance and Economic Affairs minister Mustafa Mkulo.According to Mr Rashid, by doing so, Mr Cheyo had acted against the official stand of the opposition bloc in the Parliament. The bench's official position was to rebuff the next fiscal year's financial plan.

    Exercising his powers, as provided for in Section 15 (1 and 2) that gives the leader of official opposition in parliament to constitute or disband the Shadow Cabinet, Mr Rashid sacked Mr Cheyo and replaced him with his shadow deputy minister, Mr Ali Said Salim (CUF), who is the Ziwani MP.

    And Mr Sitta said yesterday that, he arrived at the conclusion after consulting various people, including Dr Wilibrod Slaa, the deputy leader of the opposition camp in Parliament.

    He said the decision for the opposition bench to have its own caucus was in line with Section 16, Subsection 4 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders; and that by holding a conclave, the bench was acting within parliamentary rules.

    In his judgment, Speaker Sitta cited a book titled Best Parliamentary Practice in which its authors argue that the duty of maintaining discipline of party members in parliament is in the hands of the party leader.

    "Party discipline in parliament is normally maintained through a method known as ‘whip line', whereby the party's caucus parliamentary leader is entrusted with the duty of maintaining discipline among members of his party," he quoted.

    In the same vein, he said, party discipline is paramount to personal views and a legislator's loyalty to voters.

    "The necessity of proper conduct of party politics in parliament has led to the strengthening of party discipline in all parliamentary systems. A member's loyalty to the party caucus takes precedent over personal views or loyalty to constituents. A member who does not support the party caucus position on the floor of the House or in a committee can be punished in various ways," Mr Sitta said as MPs applauded.

    He then concluded that, Mr Rashid's decision to sack Mr Cheyo for ‘betraying' the bench's official position gives food for thought to ruling party MPs. "This is what will guide our daily business in days to come…a ruling party MP who could have dared to vote against the budget could be punished in the same way," he said.

    Speaking to reporters shortly after the ruling, Mr Cheyo said he need to contemplate about the ruling before deciding on the next step.

    "I have received it… I will need to sit down and ponder on the next step to take," he said.

    On Tuesday, Mr Cheyo was quoted as countering the decision, saying that the opposition leader has no powers to relieve him of his shadow ministerial post. He said his purported sacking was a violation of the terms agreed upon when the opposition parties formed the bench in the parliament.
     
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    Katibu Tarafa JF-Expert Member

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    Uchaguzi unakuja, je kesi za uchaguzi zitaamuliwa na chombo gani kwani ni masuala ya kisiasa zaidi. Hapo ndipo jina la BONGO linapotoa uhalisi wake. kweli ngombe wa masikini azai
     
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    Sitta naye aliishatabiliwa kuwa anang'aa na ata ng'aa, hakuna wa kumtoa. Akiwa kama spika ana haki ya kuangalia kama taratibu za bunge zimefuatwa. Na wapinzani bunge lijalo watampatia kura vile vile aendelee na uspika.


     
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