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High Court Dismisses Order made by MPGIS Minister to convene WP Assembly Meeting

The High Court has ruled out an order made by the Minister of Provincial government, Rolland Seleso for the Western Provincial Assembly to meet today (11th November 2021).

Last month, the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly, Adrian Sina adjourned the Assembly’s meeting to the 29th of this month.

The Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Rolland Seleso by way of a gazetted notice instructed the Assembly to convene a meeting on 25th October.

Mr Sina then filed an application for a judicial review on the Minister’s notice.

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On 25th October, 17 backbencher Members of the Provincial Assembly attended an extraordinary meeting as instructed by the Minister in which the Provincial Executive described it as unlawful as the judicial review application was still pending at the High Court.

Pending the Court’s decision on the judicial review application, Minister Seleso by way of a gazetted order instructed the Assembly to convene a meeting today (11th November 2021).

Among the agendas of the meeting is a motion of no confidence against the current Premier, David Gina.

On Tuesday (9th November 2021), the High Court ruled out the order made by the Minister to have the Assembly meet today.

“The High Court on Tuesday dismissed the second order issued by the Minister of Provincial Government instructing my office to convene a meeting on the 11th of November this year.

The Court now dismissed the order,” Mr Sina said.

Mr Sina added the Assembly still stands adjourned until the 29th of this month.

“The Court has upheld the date proposed by the Speaker’s office to convene the Assembly meeting on the 29th of this month,” the Speaker said.

 

By Fredrick Kusu

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