THE speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles, Honourable Roger Mancienne (RM), is the brand new president of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, which brings in combination 15 nationwide parliaments in SADC. This is after he used to be unanimously elected for 2 years on the 52nd plenary Assembly Session that came about in Kinshasa, the capital town of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in early December 2022.

Freelance journalist Moses Magadza (MM) sat down with Mancienne in a while after his election and completely interviewed him on his new position, management taste, the sought-after club of the Comoros, ongoing paintings to become the SADC Parliamentary Forum (PF) right into a regional parliament, and different comparable problems.

MM: Mr President, permit me to enroll in others in congratulating you for your election to the apex place of the SADC Parliamentary Forum.

RM: Thank you!

MM: You will have declined nomination and next election to this place. You permitted. Why?

RM: Well, I’ve a robust sense of accountability. I consider that after I’m referred to as upon to do one thing, I want to ensure that I fulfil a duty that I will have to. I consider on this case, the duty used to be to my very own establishment – the National Assembly of Seychelles – and in addition, after all, the rustic as a complete. So, serving because the president of the SADC PF does serve the objectives of the establishment and the pursuits of my nation.

MM: What does it imply to you, individually, and for Seychelles?

RM: To me, it’s an extension of my parliamentary make money working from home. The world size that it brings provides one thing to what I’m doing within the National Assembly, and the revel in of attractive with problems on a much broader scale and at a special degree does herald – to start with – enriching, precious revel in, and in addition serves my private objectives.

For my nation, after all, it brings visibility. We are certain that we’re in a position to participate in world management when referred to as upon to take action, and I consider the position will permit me to contribute to Seychelles that the rustic gets one thing from.

MM: What is your imaginative and prescient, consistent with the Forum’s imaginative and prescient and its goals, as you start main this regional establishment?

RM: Well, the National Assembly of Seychelles is interested by the rules of presidency which might be crucial to creating the rustic paintings properly for its voters. Legislatures internationally in democratic methods are interested by the safety of freedom, rights, balance and permitting other folks to have interaction in self-development, making sure well-being in quite a lot of sides, if it is in well being, private residing requirements and so forth. So, legislatures are devoted to very prime rules, and to have a imaginative and prescient inside of this context is to commit oneself to those rules. I consider my paintings within the legislative meeting permits me to paintings for the great of other folks in pursuing those rules and our position, after all, at a special degree or a much broader degree, is identical factor on the subject of the SADC Parliamentary Forum. The discussion board has been interested by those worthy rules: coverage of rights, and making sure well-being, particularly on the subject of the susceptible sectors of society. The discussion board has been very interested by problems like gender equality, coverage of girls and younger women, coverage for kids, but in addition different financial sides reminiscent of meals safety, advancement of agriculture, coverage of our surroundings and all problems which might be central to the lives of other folks in the entire international locations that we’re interested by. So, with the intention to serve those rules is, I feel, an excessively worthy imaginative and prescient.

MM: How would you describe your management taste, and the way would possibly it come in useful as you’re taking in this new position?

RM: Well, I love now not seeing myself on a special l e vel for being a pacesetter. I’m at the side of the opposite people who find themselves related to this paintings. I’m one of the. My management taste is to have interaction, to look how we will be able to carry our quite a lot of skills or qualities in combination, and the way we will be able to carry the most productive out of ourselves. I consider management on this context is set teamwork and about development not unusual efforts, and ensuring that all of us put our energies in opposition to the similar function.

MM: The SADC Parliamentary Forum is vigorously seeking to grow to be a regional parliament. This has been a long-cherished dream. What distinction would possibly that envisaged transformation make on your view?

RM: Well, I feel it is a query in large part of visibility, and the best way wherein the frame (SADC PF) can be observed because it does its paintings. Our opposite numbers at this degree are SADC Heads of State and Government. If we’re the parliamentary arm of this association, we additionally want to be working at a definite degree, and our position must be recognised. The idea of a regional parliament is extra eager about what the establishment may also be. In its present shape, to a point, the discussion board does supply area for dialogue and session, and for us to do the paintings that we want to do, nevertheless it does not have the have an effect on {that a} regional parliament would have. I feel the paintings of the regional parliament can be extra visual at a degree the place it must be.

MM: What dating would you wish to have to look between the SADC PF if it turns into a regional parliament and different regional our bodies at the African continent?

RM: Certainly, it might be considered one of a bunch of establishments. The SADC Regional Parliament can be interested by problems affecting the SADC area. It can be like items of a puzzle becoming in combination, and meshing with what different an identical our bodies can be doing.

We would get the risk to check with what different regional establishments are doing, which is able to lend a hand us to reinforce the best way we paintings. It would permit us to look problems from other views. I consider that seeing what the opposite regional establishments do would lend a hand the SADC Parliament expand and ship on its undertaking.

MM: There had been makes an attempt to carry on board the island of Comoros into the fold of SADC PF, together with your nationwide parliament taking part in an lively position. What can the area be expecting from you and your group on the discussion board on this regard?

RM: The approaching board of the Comoros would entire the illustration of the international locations of this area. It is one thing I’d be seized with now that I’m president of the SADC PF. I will be able to commit effort and time to it.