Parliament’s bill to suspend the fee hike in Universities and Secondary Schools was just a waste of tax payers’ time as the fee hike will still be implemented.
According to a law scholar, government cannot listen to Parliament on the hike as it does not have the mandate to suggest fees for education institutions.
“The opposition were just trying to play cheap politics, but it is so sad that they had to do that at the expense of other equally important things that they could have discussed instead of passing bills that cannot be implemented,” said the scholar.
He indicated that the discussion on the fee hike was illegal and over-stretching its boundaries.
“The minister of Justice actually raised up this issue and it is strange how the Speaker accepted the issue to be debated when it was clear that they do not have the mandate to influence the fees of the institutions in question,” he said.
Minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu objected to Parliament discussing the issue of fee hike in Secondary and Tertiary institutions arguing that it did not fall within the mandate of Parliament. However Parliament went ahead to discuss the issue and suspend the hike.
When asked if government can go ahead to implement the fee hike despite its opposition from Parliament, the legal commentator said government was within its duties to implement the hike.
“Parliament actually did nothing than waste its time, so yes government can go ahead and implement the hike.”