The Speaker of Parliament has postponed the mid-year budget review meeting from 8 to 22 February amid concerns of rising cases of Covid-19.
The postponement follows a 2 day meeting the business committee held on 1 February, to map the way forward.
The 2020-2021 Mid-Term Budget Review Meeting of Parliament was initially scheduled to be held from Monday, 8th February to Friday, 12th March, 2021.
But in a statement, speaker, Catherine Gottani Hara disclosed that the decision has been arrived at in order to find the best ways of safe guarding the lives of all parliamentarians as well as members of staff.
“The Business Committee has resolved to postpone the Meeting in order to assess further developments of the Covid-19 pandemic and devise appropriate response plans for Parliament to meet safely to safeguard the lives of Members of Parliament, staff and all stakeholders,” disclosed Gotani Hara in the statement.
Two MPs and 2 cabinet ministers have since succumbed to the virus, while others have recovered from COVID 19 including Second Deputy Speaker Madalisto Kazombo, Minister of Labor Ken Kandodo and Minister of Mines Rashid Gaffar.
The office of the Speaker has since assured the nation of the Parliament’s commitment to performing its constitutional functions amidst the pandemic to ensure that the country’s democracy continues to function.