The Inspirer Staff.
The Pan-African Parliament found a better solution to fight against corruption in its agenda by holding an extra-ordinary session in Kigali-Rwanda that started on October 18th to end on November 2, 2018.
The session will be held under the theme: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.’’
PAP is the legislative body of the African Union and is one of the nine organs proposed in the 1991 Treaty establishing the African Economic Community (Abuja Treaty).
Its purpose, as set out in article 17 of the AU Constitutive Act, is “to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent.”
The ultimate aim is for Parliament to be an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal suffrage. The Continental Parliament exercises oversight, and has advisory and consultative powers.
The Parliament is intended as a platform for people from all African states to be involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent. The Parliament sits in Midrand, South Africa.
The session will discuss peace and security in Africa to see the impact of the African Union electoral observation missions in terms of cases of electoral disputes in the continent, transitional justice in Africa, the draft model disability law and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Reports.
The Acting Clerk of Parliament, Yusupha Jobe, said that while the seat was in Midrand, the initiative was meant to ensure that all regions of the continent have access to the organ.
“This presents an opportunity for Civil Society Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Youth and many other different groupings of society to witness the sittings of the Parliament, and to establish links that could see their inputs incorporated in the African Agenda. We therefore encourage different stakeholders not to miss this opportunity,” Jobe said.
The PAP held its inaugural session in March 2004.
In October 2009, the second legislature of the PAP opened its first ordinary session and began a new 5-year mandate.
The seat of the Pan-African Parliament was initially in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but was later moved to Midrand, South Africa.
The Parliament holds two ordinary sessions (May and October) in a year.
Rwanda becomes the second member state, after Egypt, to host a session of the PAP held outside Midrand.
The Parliament has more than 275 members representing the 55 AU member states – with five members for each country. The five must include at least one woman and reflect the diversity of political representation in the National Parliament or deliberative organ.
Rwanda’s five representatives are Senators Jacqueline Muhongayire and Jean NépomuscèneSindikubwabo, as well as three members of the Chamber of Deputies; MPs IgnatienneNyirarukundo, Mediatrice M. Izabiliza and IgnatienneNyirarukundo.
The lawmakers are designated by the legislatures of their member states and are not directly elected by the people.
At least 40 new delegates from different countries will be sworn in as Members of the PAP following elections in a number of African States and rotation within delegations.
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