Yesterday in Parliament, Khaiyum called the Speaker 'Vutusona' and 'Cavuka' then said he has a recording of Ratu Naiqama saying those same words at the Speaker.
This recording is yet to surface.
The swear words were apparently used at a Sodelpa meeting last Thursday, not in Parliament. But Khaiyum claims Ratu Naiqama breached his Parliamentary privilege.
Should we then start disciplining any parliamentarian who swear outside of Parliament?
The Fiji Parliament is already a circus, now this.
Khaiyum put this motion to a vote:
- Hon. Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu be cited for a serious breach of privilege and contempt of Parliament
- that the matter be now referred to the Privileges Committee under Standing Order 134(2)(b) to determine the type of sanction for the breach and
- that the Privileges Committee must meet today 18 May 2015, and provide its recommendations to Parliament at the latest by Thursday 21 May 2015 as to what sanctions should be imposed by Parliament against Honourable Lalabalavu, after which such action as deemed appropriate by Parliament shall be taken.
A number of members in the Opposition decided not to vote.
The matter is now before the six-person Privileges Committee, one of whom is Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.
The Committee will deliver its verdict on Ratu Naiqama's fate on Thursday.