Dr Getrude I. Mongella, President of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) is currently facing intense pressure from members who are calling for her and the entire bureau including four vice presidents to step down for what they described as a 'lack of confidence' in her administration.
The resignation of Madam Mongella, 65, has been at the centre of the debate in the ongoing 11th Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament, which started in Midrand,
This call follows a decision by the African Union in its 12th Ordinary Session held in Addis Ababa early this year requesting that the Pan African Parliament amend its rules of Procedure to conform with the legal instruments of the Union and also for the Parliament to urgently fix a term limit for its bureau and to immediately hold new elections to renew the mandate of the current bureau or elect a new one.
According to the members of the Pan African Parliament, this decision by the African Union is a clear indication that the
Contributing to the debate on the report of the decisions of the African Union in its 12th Ordinary Session which was tabled in parliament yesterday by Hon. Muhammed Lufti, second vice president of the Pan African Parliament, Hon. Gitobu Imanyara from Kenya called on the whole bureau especially the president to tender their resignation inorder for the parliament to regain what he described as the confidence of the AU. "Just tender your resignation Madam President so that we can elect a new bureau to regain the confidence that the African Union has lost in us", he said.
For his part, Hon. Sedia Jatta from the
Also contributing to the debate, Hon. George Wesseh Blamoh from
"The decision of the African Union is a clear and urgent indication that we should renew our bureau as soon as possible but the fundamental question is how do we go about this. What we need to do is to look at ways of setting up a new bureau", Hon Bocar S. Kane from
Speaking earlier, Hon. Kaweesi Ndawula from
"It was really bad enough to be told by the African Union that we need term limits in our bureau. This should be taken as a matter of priority. By show of respect to our leaders, we need to answer to their call and take it as a matter of urgency and elect a new bureau because they have lost confidence in the current one", Hon. Mary Mugyeni from
Also for his part, Hon. Mano Aghali from
In response, Dr. Mongella said the issue about the Pan African Parliament is not about her but about the African continent. "I can die today and somebody leads this parliament; I will do just what you want but not now as we should deal with the principles of the parliament," she added.