PARLIAMENT FURTHER ADJOURNS
THURSDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2016
Parliament meeting is further adjourned to Monday 5th December 2016 to give time for the public Accounts Committee to scrutinize the 2017 Appropriation Bill 2016.
Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga moved the motion of special adjournment.
He said that’s the only reason for this adjournment.
Leader of Opposition, Hon. Jeremiah Manele thanked the Acting Prime Minister for moving the motion.
He said it is important for the sake of transparency and accountability that the committee takes the opportunity to scrutinize all the budgets for all the Ministries.
He also thanked the Minister of Finance for availing budget documents which are now before the Committee.
The leader, however, encourage all ministers to remind their Permanent Secretaries and Financial Controllers to turn up on time as scheduled so that PAC do not have any further delays in the inquiries.
Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Hon. Rick Hou also thanked and acknowledge the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance for considering the Committee’s letter of request to government to give more time for these inquiries.
He said the time given for PAC to do its work is adequate and PAC has begun inquiries on Monday the 21st.
Meanwhile, the 2017 Appropriation Bill 2016 goes through the first reading today. The other bill that also goes through first reading is the, ‘Ombudsman Bill 2016.’
Parliament’s adjournment to Monday 5th Dec 2016 is the third adjournment in a row for this particular meeting.