He minced no words. His message: Resign or stick to the rules and regulations governing Parliament work, was clear.
The Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya, accompanied by his lieutenants in the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), was addressing workers of the National Assembly last week in a debut staff ordinary meeting.
The commission comprises the Speaker himself, First Deputy Speaker, Second Deputy Speaker and four other members of Parliament.
A highly-placed source who attended the meeting said the Speaker instructed responsible officers to institute an immediate audit to verify expenditure at the institution.
The source said the Speaker also told staff to adhere to the institution’s rules and regulations.
When contacted, Msowoya could neither deny nor confirm addressing the members of staff.
“PSC is supposed to meet its staff to hear expectations from both sides, touching base on how to run the Legislature devoid of unnecessary complexities,” he said.
Parliament chief public relations officer Leonard Mengezi confirmed the Speaker had met with officers at the National Assembly, but said he was only introducing himself to the members of staff.
The call from the Speaker comes as there have been reports of financial mismanagement at Parliament.
PAC chairperson Alekeni Menyani said his committee is yet to find out about audit reports at the National Assembly but was quick to say there was a backlog of audit reports from different ministries and departments that his committee is expected to work on.
“We are expected to work on a lot of audit reports this will include the National Assembly,” said PAC chair.