VIDEO: Throwing Light on the Constitution

parliament-logoJosanne Leonard interviewed Afra Raymond on Monday 12th June 2017 on how the three parts of the state work against the backdrop of constitutional issues such as the separation of powers, the quality of representation and the size, origin and role of the Cabinet. Video courtesy Office of the Parliament

Programme Date: 22 May 2018
Programme Length: 00:21:37


2 thoughts on “VIDEO: Throwing Light on the Constitution

  1. Afra the oil that you mentioned as necessary for the proper functioning of the 3 arms of government, is surrounded by a body of stagnant waters and stagnant waters is the right environment for bacteria and parasites and many detrimental ailments.


    So we have a civil service which is plagued by the overall underperformance of its employees who believe their job is their birthright and their Trade Union Godfathers, do everything in their power to protect them. The civil service is organized to expend revenue rather than to create the same. This I consider a major oversight because the focus is not entrepreneurial. Why is this? Doesn’t it have enough skilled persons there to create SERVICE based revenue? How can this avenue be oil then, to the arm of government when the very organization of the same stymies appropriation plans for diversification, making them, almost initially unattainable all because staff Is not properly utilized and or deployed?


    Our press too often is full of political biases and inaccurate stories to consider the same vigilant. How can this be remedied? Who holds them accountable?


    We also have a complaining citizenry which does not seem to quite understand the process involved in making proposals through their representatives towards the making and amendment of laws. How can this gap be bridged? Who teaches civic duties and responsibilities to the citizenry? If it is not taught or even misunderstood, how can we then expect meaningful participation or governance by the people?
    Can’t we use social media platforms and other ICT measures to encourage participation, to the point where new laws and possible amendments are suggested/indicated/pontificated via this route.

    The suggestion that parliamentary representatives interact more with their constituents is a good one. Meeting the citizens at a physical point of contact is necessary but
    let’s explore also the possibility of doing the same virtually. So we like to complain, how can these complaints and suggestions be encouraged and collated and sorted to achieve some level of influence in the making of laws.

    Civic Society can also be enabled to make meaningful contributions here.

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