The Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has been challenged to rescind his alleged decision of summoning all opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) that carried out a series of protests in the last sitting of Parliament.
Information reaching Qfm news has suggested that all the opposition MPs that took part in the protests that disrupted parliamentary proceedings of the last sitting of parliament are to appear before the disciplinary committee on Monday the 9th of June.
But the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has observed that its challenge to the Speaker to rescind his decision of allegedly summoning opposition MPs is based on the fact that such a move will amount to intimidation.
YALI also regrets that such an alleged decision is also retrogressive for the country’s democracy especially in comparison to what is happening in other African countries in the Southern region.
YALI governance advisor Isaac Mwanza has told Qfm news that it is for this reason that such alleged intimidation that the Speaker is now exhibiting is unacceptable in Zambia’s democracy.
He says this is also why his organization holds the position that the alleged decision to summon opposition MPs to appear before Parliamentary disciplinary committee on Monday should be rescinded as it is taking the country backwards to a time people’s voices were silenced.
And effort to get a comment from Dr. Matibini proved futile by post time.
mps have got right to abstain/boycot sessions.
Matibini has become absolute, and needs to be confined to the dustbins. A shear waste of our time and space.
if not careful these moron will be disgraced and sooner rather than later and the little pride left in him stripped.
This is what happens when learned people throw away professional ethics and submit to the wishes of Kaponyas. It’s not his personal conviction to summon the opposition MPs, someone is telling him what to do and he can’t challenge that authority. This is shameful.
MPs should behave honourably. Their main function is to debate and formulate laws and not being cantankerous by boycotting debates and demanding mid term gratuities after every two years. We Zambians who have saved their country and have reached retirement but have not yet received their money.
Spartan – knowing the Constitution making flame work timeline is part of the Main Functions that MP’s have to perform for this Country.
If Kaponya’s think they will have it easy, they are in for a rude shock.
This is the most useless speaker in the history of our nation,I pity him , he is a goner come 2016, he is supposed to be fair and neutral but he seems too compromised, he
will be prosecuted once he is out of power.
BaChola to call the Speaker useless based on this is beyond your understanding. Not even in your adopted country USA in the lower or upper house they just leave and expect to be paid. The issue hear is if you can imagine having a lawlessness national assembly or parliament what do you expect from an ordinary person along the street? It is easy to break the fibre of peace than rebuilding.
No,be truthfully,the govt shutdown was due to no compromise,immigration reform is stuck,climate change,u know here separation of powers is real but pa zed too much presidential powers
Speaker Matibini has tolerated a lot of rubbish from these chaps. But, as everyone knows, and as of everything in life, there is a limit to tolerance. Time, thankfully, is now with us.
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