Speaker expressed disappointment on continuance by Committee

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Speaker of the House Li’o Papali’i Taeu Masipa’u has expressed “disappointment” on the move by the Privilege and Ethics Committee for an adjournment.

“Today’s Parliament session is not on the calendar of the Legislative Assembly, however, the session was in line with a motion for a report to be tabled by the Privilege and Ethics Committee for deliberation, as ordered by Parliament.”

There was a motion and it was approved as per Chairman and everyone is well aware of the gravity of the investigation by the Committee.

“The lack of respect accorded to Parliamentary’s mandates as per the Committee is evident and it is saddening; unless one is ill, that is the only logical excuse, but everything else should not be a priority at this point time.

The motion for a continuance should not have happened,” said the Speaker.

Adding that parties involved should prioritize this matter.

The complaint in question was lodged by Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio against the leader of the HRPP, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoai, and Secretary Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, after the MP’s were found guilty of contempt of court for scandalising Judges of the court.

The Speaker’s comments were rendered after Chairman of the Privilege and Ethics Committee, Valasi Tafito Selesele sought Parliament’s indulgence for a continuance, due to incomplete matters they are investigating.

Adding due to the importance of this matter, they are seeking an adjournment until the session scheduled on 24 May, 2022.

Valasi made a motion on the following:

(i) n reference to S.O 166

(2), the Committee is to seek approval from the Assembly for an extension to give enough time for the Committee to deliberate on the matter;

(ii) Given that the referred matter is imperative, S.O 30 (2) is to be

set aside so that the Assembly will reconvene on Tuesday 24th May 2022 and for the Committee to have its report tabled in Parliament.