The Pan – African Parliament is headed for tough times ahead after news emerged that a motion has been approved and a committee established to investigate the speaker, Roger Nkodo Dang.
The decision came during a closed door sitting held Thursday afternoon in Kampala.
Nkodo, a Cameroonian, is accused by colleagues of nepotism, abuse of power and sexual harassment among other allegations.
It is said this decision came following a sit-down strike by key staff; clerks inclusive, an action that subsequently led to the cancellation of a scheduled sitting this week.
The events of the day had a bearing on the house which was also scheduled to receive and debate the PAP Strategic Plan for the period 2019 – 2023.
Sensing danger, Nkodo announced that the plenary could not proceed.
He reiterated that together with a select committee including Uganda’s Prof. Ogenga Latigo, they would meet the staff.
However, this was vetoed by members.
They argued that instead, he should proceed with the meeting with the other vice presidents, who form the Bureau, the body charged with the administration of the institution.
Members weigh in
Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Friday, Uganda’s Representative Hon. James Kakooza begged the speaker to respect standard procedures of managing PAP business.
“As I said yesterday, all members of Parliament can generate a consensus through a debate. If there has been a motion on the floor of the house, in noble practices of the house that motion must be offloaded. And if you are the chair, you allow members to take a decision on that motion,” he said.
This point was further emphasized by Hon. Dr. Plengo Butale, Botswana’s representative who called for neutrality of committee members.
Source of Problems
It is said part of Nkodo’s woes emanate from the swearing in of two additional representatives of the Ivory Coast which violates the PAPs provisions.
The two MPs from the country’s Senate have since been suspended from the House.
Also, he is blamed for the deteriorating relationship between the body and other organs of the African Union.
Nkodo was first elected PAP President in May 2015, replacing Nigeria’s Bethel Amadi.
He was re-elected in May last year to serve a second three year term