Sunday, July 21, 2019

Is The National Assembly Empowered To Cause A Commission Of Enquiry To Be Established To Look Into Matters Of Public Interest?



Under section 109 of the constitution, the National Assembly has power to set up a committee to inquire into any matter of public importance. It states:

“Committees may be appointed –

(a)    to investigate or inquire into the activities or administration of ministries or departments of the Government, and such investigation or inquiry may extend to making proposals for legislation; or

(b)    to investigate any matter of public importance.”

Furthermore the National Assembly is empowered under section 200 subsection (2) to ask the President to set up a Commission of Inquiry. It states:

“The National Assembly may request the President to establish a Commission of Inquiry for any of the purposes set out in subsection (1).”

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