Speaker of Parliament, Justice Nathaniel Abel Stronge yesterday advised MPs to tread cautiously on the matter involving Hon Elizabeth Lavalie and the Press Secretary to the President Sheka Tarawallie.
Trying to make contributions using standing order 26 (1) which deals with privileges of MPs before the commencement of the business of the House, Hon Dr. Bernadette Lahai’s application was on two occasions rejected by the speaker.
Dr. Lahai was trying to put it out that the privileges of Members of Parliament should take precedence before any matter is discussed in the well of Parliament. She pressed at the end of debates before announcements to explain the plight of Hon Elizabeth Lavalie.
The SLPP MP explained that the former deputy Speaker started to face her plight last Tuesday after returning from Parliament when she was allegedly assaulted by some military personnel.
She explained that when she visited Hon Lavalie, she was told that she was prevented access to the road leading to her residence.
She continued that the female MP was kicked on her knee and for the past three days she has been feeling unwell whilst also her route blocked.
“It is now becoming a habit for MPs to be molested by some security forces. We have certain privileges for which our respect and dignity should be maintained” she stated.
The Speaker disclosed that he had spoken to Hon Elizabeth Lavalie on the phone for which she gave her account to him “and I gave her my advice. In such matters, we should tread with caution”.
Leader of the House, Hon Edward M. Turay sympathized with Hon Lavalie and assured that Parliament will not condone such action.
By Ishmael Bayoh