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Dr Luveni rules against Prasad’s point of order

17:41 Thu Mar 08, 2018


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Ana Ravulo

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni today ruled against the point of order made by Opposition MP Professor Biman Prasad.

Prasad yesterday raised that Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum allegedly breached the Standing Order and also allegedly misled the house, bringing dishonor and disrepute.

He said that this is the issue regarding Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments that there was no data collected based on ethnicity in the 2000 and 2017 census.

Dr Luveni says that the Attorney General did not mislead parliament at any point in time and if there are anomalies with the data on ethnicity as confirmed by the government’s statistician, then there is no such data that can be aggregated and released.

“In this regard the comments made by the AG are not misleading nor does it bring dishonor or disrepute to parliament. As I indicated earlier, deliberately misleading parliament is indeed a serious matter which can also be a contempt of parliament. It is equally important that such allegations are not lightly made against any MP and that necessary facts are properly scrutinize or any member who wishes to make such a serious allegation against any other member."

Meanwhile, Prasad says that information on the 2017 census should be made public especially when the exercise costs tax payers about $14.5 million which was budgeted in the 2017/2018 national budget.



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