OPINION

Breaking the law in Parliament

We can’t really know to what extent a single law can protect minors from alcohol and cigarettes, but what is certain is that members of Parliament are not safeguarding the institution of making the law with a barrage of irrelevant amendments related to the draft bill. The Constitution clearly states that addenda and amendments that are not directly related to draft laws will not be introduced on the agenda of discussion for those laws. This article was passed in 2001 in order to protect the lawmaking process from superfluous amendments. What we are seeing now is that not only has it failed to curb the phenomenon, but instead we have clear violations of the Constitution. The parliamentary speaker needs to put a stop to such illegal practices, because when the highest law of the state is being violated in such a manner, in the precise location where it is supposed to be enacted, then on what moral grounds can it hope to survive outside the walls of the Parliament?