20th April 05:09 AM
Waqavonovono makes submission on Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill
By Ilaitia Ravuwai
Friday 19/05/2017
Peter Waqavonovono

Peter Waqavonovono says coups begin when people meddle with the rights of Members of Parliament to freely express the will of the people whilst in the Parliament precinct.

Waqavonovono highlighted this as an individual citizen during his submission on the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill to the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights.

Waqavonovono says MPs are free to receive important information from the constituencies and speak on issues that they feel is important to the people.

He also highlighted to the committee to look at incorporating youth voices and the marginalized that would capture their concerns.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights Ashneel Sudhakar says some important points raised by Waqavonovono will be taken into consideration by the committee.

Sudhakar says there is no special protection to Members of Parliament in the bill.

Sudhakar has stressed that people can still question and criticize the government and parliamentarians.

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