The Pan African Parliament, has unveiled the new Clerk and Deputy Clerk – Legislative Business during a plenary session held on 6 March 2017 in Midrand, South Africa.
Malawian Vipya HARAWA and Chadian Gali Mass HAROU have been appointed respectively as the new Clerk and Deputy Clerk - Legislative Business and Conferences of the continental Parliament (PAP).
The announcement was made in the Chamber, during a special plenary session of the 4th Legislature’s committee sittings.
Mr. HARAWA holds a Master Degree in Law, Business Management and a second management degree. He has a 15-year record of accomplishment in management, finance and management and held several managerial positions. During the recruitment process, he also demonstrated that he could be an administrator of change by his clear vision of the PAP, its challenges and proposed directions for the future.
Mr. HAROU holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Legal Technology. He also holds a diploma from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and has worked for several years in the National Assembly of Chad. He held the position of Deputy Secretary General in charge of Legislative Business and Sessions before his new appointment.
Hon. Nkodo Dang said that the newcomers must bear in mind that they now have 270 people to be accountable to, and that they must demonstrate loyalty, commitment and impartiality during their administration at the PAP.
A parliament under threat
The second point, which was not on the agenda but which was raised by the house was linked to issue of safety and security in South Africa.
President Roger NKODO Dang informed MPs in his opening address that the Kenyan delegation participating in the plenary has been the victim of an armed attack at a hotel in Midrand on 5th March, 2017.
According to the different Parliamentarians taking the floor, Members of the Pan African Parliament have frequently been the victims of aggression or attacks before the sessions.
In response, the President of the PAP said he had asked the South African authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of PAP MPs and that he would continue to draw their attention to this recurrent and urgent issue.
To this end, Kenyan Senate Speaker H.E EKWEE David Ethuro, the guest of honour whose delegation was attacked on Sunday night, indicated that more effective measures should be taken to ensure the security of parliamentarians coming to South Africa. We are not tourists, but parliamentarian representatives of our countries, he stated.
He also added that all Africans should feel concerned about issues of poverty, insecurity and terrorism. But above all, that democracy must lead the way.