Proceedings of the ongoing Fourth Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa, has been truncated due to Covid-19 infections. The Session has therefore been adjourned till Monday, May 31, 2021.
The Clerk to the Continental Parliament, Vipya Harawa, announced to the House on Thursday, May 27, 2021, that a staff member had tested positive for the virus and therefore poses a threat to the continuous running of the business scheduled for the day.
The House was scheduled to undergo an election process on this day to compose a new Bureau to steer the affairs of the Pan-African Parliament since the term of this current Bureau headed by the Acting President, Hon, Chief Fortune Charumbura, expires by the end of the month of May 2021.
The announcement was met with some disagreements from some of the Members of Parliament who felt that business of the House should continue regardless of the COVID scare. They were of the view that the both interim leadership of the PAP and the Members of Parliament were fully aware of the risk they were taking before they set out to participate in this session.
To them, there should be no excuses in the performance of their duty. And besides, they argue that the person who has tested positive is not a Member of Parliament and therefore that should be too much of a concern for the plenary to want to truncate the election process.
This generated a heated argument in the House for a little over half an hour before the Acting President insisted on an adjournment until Monday, May 31, 2021 where the election would be held after some disinfection of the environment and stricter COVID protocols have been put in place.
The House seems to be divided over disagreements on the implementation of the principle of rotational Presidency of the Pan-African Parliament since the 3rd day on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Source: Clement Akoloh||parliamentnews360.com