MR .  SPEAKER! IS IT PROPER FOR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS TO STAND AND CONDEMN LAWS THEY COULD HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON WITHOUT ACRIMONY?   

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National Assembly members are the law makers.  If they are dissatisfied with a law they are given powers to bring a member’s bill or committee bill for amendment of the law. During the debate on the amendment they could speak their minds in support of or in opposition to the amendment.

This is how far the law maker could go.

However, if the lawmaker stands in the assembly and condemns the law he has power to amend, he or she would transform the law enforcer and the dispenser of justice based on the correct interpretation and administration of the law into culprits. The members of the public who may join them to condemn the law, its enforcers and the judicial authorities who preside over cases would not have the immunity national Assembly members have and could be charged for contempt of court which could incite public disaffection and riotous behaviour.

The proper behaviour of National Assembly members is to take note of any matter that has engendered public disquiet and remit it to its relevant committee for scrutiny, investigation and advice. The Committee could then do public hearing by listening to the views of all stakeholders including professionals and submit a report proposing a Committee Bill or a member may introduce a member’s bill on the matter. This is  proper conduct that a  speaker should condone.