SADC parliament to be devoid of absolute powers

Luanda – The future Regional Parliament of the Southern African Community (SADC) will be an organ devoid of supranational character and absolute powers, evolving according to the process of regional integration, said Thursday in Luanda, the speaker of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

The proposal to transform the forum into a regional parliament should be ratified at the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in the Republic of Namibia next August, according to the deputy who was speaking at the second ordinary plenary meeting of the Group Interparliamentary Assembly.

Responding to the chairman of the CASA-CE Parliamentary Group, Andre Mendes de Carvalho, on the relevance and importance of the creation of the SADC regional parliament, at a time when national parliaments still “have things to solve”, Fernando da Piedade said that the intention dates back to 1997 and has been presented four times in Summits of Heads of State and Government of the community from 2004 to 2015.

The parliamentarian explained that the deadlock for the transformation was the fear of the Heads of State and Government, as well as the national parliaments, the loss of their sovereignty and the supervisory function, following the regional body.

For the materialization of this claim, Fernando da Piedade said that they have the approval and support of the Presidents of Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and the King of Eswatini (former Swaziland).

As a first step, the future regional parliament will be concerned with the drafting of model laws on situations that concern the whole region, but its legislative powers will evolve in line with the regional integration process and the Summit Heads of State and Government.

Source: Angola Press News Agency