Thank you, Mr Speaker, for your indulgence.
Mr Speaker, the issue of land guards has been with us for quite a long time. I would say that the Statement is long overdue because we can no longer distinguish between criminals in our society and land guards. From the Statement, land guards can go about as criminals; move into people's houses, steal their things, and they are regarded as land guards, and they are dealt with quite differently from criminals. When we see an armed robber -- The Police will deal with an armed robber quite differently from how he will deal with a land guard.
So, Mr Speaker, my concern is that, here again, we are talking about an issue which is very, very important to the community in which we live. After talking about this in Parliament, what happens? After debating this, Hon Members saying very nice things about this, making Statements, are we here for only our constituents to see us talking or what happens?
The other time, I urged the House that anytime there is such a Statement, let us bring the Hon Ministers here, so that they will tell us, in their contribution, the actions they want to take and not to come here and talk about it and that is the end.
A lot of things have been said about how these land guards are operating and what brings this about? Yes, it is true. The acquisition of land, people selling one parcel of land to several people, and if you want to maintain your ownership, then you would have to employ the services of land guards -- protector. Why should that happen?
I think that something must be done. Otherwise, criminals and armed robbers are going to operate under the guise of land guards and I do not think that will augur well for us.
So, my appeal again here is that, there must be Hon Ministers around when such Statements are made on the floor of Parliament. Otherwise, we reduce the House of Parliament here or the Chamber into a mere talk-shop, so that we come and talk and there is no action taken on the fine things that we say about this.
Mr Speaker, with these few words, I support the Statement made by my good Friend on the other side.