Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula on Thursday afternoon failed to present the Constitution Amendment Bills Number 16 and 17 for third reading in Parliament as earlier announced.
This was revealed after UPND Choma Central Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa raised a point of order on Dr Simbyakula did not present the Bill to the House this afternoon.
In his ruling, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini also wondered why the Executive did not present the Bill in the House for deliberations.
Dr. Matibini has however assured that the bill will be tabled in the house on Tuesday next week.
Mr Mweetwa had risen on a point of order and queried why the Executive through Vice President Inonge Wina had failed to table the Bills for third reading.
“Sir, last week on Wednesday after the presentation of Bills Number 16 and 17 relating to constitutional amendments, the Minister of Justice indicated that the bill was coming o this House for commencement of debate,” Mr Mweetwa said.
He added, “Her Honour the Vice President when indicating the Business of the House for this week told this house and the nation that the bill was supposed to come to this House for third reading today and Honorable members were very anxious to check on the order paper today and I am sure that many Zambians have been tuned into Parliament Radio wanting to follow the proceedings on the subject matter.”
“Sir, whereas I am aware that within this session they are at liberty to introduce this bill anytime but given the severity and gravity of importance and expectation that has been raised amongst the citizens who are willing and wanting to hear the proceedings of this bill, is the Executive through her Honor the Vice President who is comfortably seated there and I don’t know what she is reading in order to remain quiet and not inform the nation over this very important national issue which has gripped the nation?”
And Dr Matibini agreed with Mr Mweetwa that the point of order was valid.
“Your point of order is valid, I am equally concerned that we will not begin looking at the bill at committee stage, nonetheless, the clerks at the table have been actively engaged with members of the Executive and as of today, I was also following up on the issue and I have been assured that all things been equal, come next week on Tuesday, this should be on the order paper and we should commence looking at the bill in committee.”