Oulanyah ought to own up to his mistake
Posted Sunday, October 13 2013 at 01:00
The current controversy in Parliament was really going to be tough for the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah considering the fact that he was the one who violated the rules by handing the MPs a double punishment, the suspension and a demand for apology, something which is unprecedented in Parliamentary practice. I like the idea that Deputy Speaker Oulanyah decided to apologise. But he should have apologised for his own wrong, not on behalf of the MPs.
Despite his attempts to show that he was following the rules, it was glaringly obvious that the Deputy Speaker over stepped his powers and violated the established rules of the house with respect to the punishments he pronounced. Is it not funny, that after the tough talk, demanding that people apologise to you, you make a U-turn and apologise instead.