DPP Haji’s proposal on MPs vetting welcome

In Summary
  • DPP Noordin Haji  wants MPS joining PAC and PIC vetted
  • MPs have previously been accused of rent-seeking 

The call by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji for the creation of a legal framework for vetting MPS in the key oversight committees is a step in the right direction.

The committees are due to be constituted any time now and there's already been serious lobbying for the two major and influential committees. 

Presently, the chairpersons of the Public Accounts Committee and the Public Investments Committee are reserved for legislators from the opposition.

The DPP’s proposal is prompted by instances where members of the oversight committees of Parliament have been found to be in breach of the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

These unfortunate events stand to water down the reports generated from the hearings and, hence, could make it hard for agencies to implement the recommendations.

This is a good proposal but the DPP needs to explain what legal framework should be put in place.

It is also commendable that the government has set up a team that will follow up on audit reports with the view to charging those culpable.

These committees produce a lot of information about possible financial impropriety but MPs do not have the capacity to properly investigate the allegations.

Quote of the Day: “One man’s transparency is another’s humiliation.”

Gerry Adams

The Irish republican politician was born on October 6, 1948

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