PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has nominated Patrick Matibini to Presiding Officers of the National Assembly as Candidate for re- election as Speaker of the National Assembly.
President Lungu has also proposed MMD’s Catherine Namugala as First Deputy Speaker and PF’s Mfuwe Member of Parliament Mwimba Malama as Second Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.
Clarifying the President’s decision, Presidential Spokesperson Amos Chanda said Judge (rtd) Matibini as required by the Constitution is not a member of parliament.
And Mr Chanda said Ms Namugala is the right Candidate for First Deputy Speaker because the Constitution states that the gender and political party should be different of the First Deputy Speaker and was also not a member of parliament.
Mr. Chanda added that President Lungu had also nominated Mwimba Malama as Second Deputy because he is a Member of Parliament who meets all the Constitutional requirements.
And Mr Chanda has clarified that President Lungu validly appointed all eight nominated Ministers as required by the Constitution.
He has dispelled all media reports suggesting otherwise.