PAP BUREAU ASSESSES VIABILITY OF ORDINARY SESSION OF PARLIAMENT

 

 

The Bureau of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), led by the President; the Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG, recognizes efforts by the government and stakeholders to guarantee peace and security of all Africans residing in the country, including Staff of the PAP Secretariat.

The Bureau hails the intervention of the President of South Africa, H.E Cyril RAMAPHOSA for strongly speaking against such violence and putting measures in place to end the xenophobic violence that sparked earlier this month and led to damage and loss of property as well as sources of livelihoods; and ultimately the loss of precious lives of our fellow African citizens.

The Pan-African Parliament has again strongly condemned the attacks of Africans by fellow Africans. To that effect, the Bureau of the PAP has therefore resolved to attend the Sitting of the Parliament of South Africa dedicated to addressing xenophobia on 25 September 2019 in solidarity with the Government and the people of South Africa.

Furthermore, the Bureau of the PAP has also been in contact with the South African authorities including the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to ascertain security measures put in place ahead of the October Session.

While recognizing the significant efforts being made by the South African government to ensure a safe environment for all participants in next month’s statutory meeting, the Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG has indicated that a change of date is a strong possibility and a final decision would be made when the Bureau meets on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. In the meantime, consultations are still underway with all relevant stakeholders.

Addressing the Staff of the Secretariat on Monday afternoon, the President said the matter needed to be approached on both the political and technical levels, citing social media as having painted an extremely negative picture on the situation on the ground, which has influenced MPs decision against attending the PAP ordinary session in October.

“We need to ensure PAP is safe for everyone. We also need to ensure that MPs make a quorum for the Session to hold. We will do everything we can to communicate with MPs and different National Parliaments while monitoring the situation. It is also important for us to give the government of South Africa an opportunity for its efforts and measures to bear fruits,” concluded the Rt. Hon. Nkodo DANG.