A Zambian Citizen of Mungule Village in Chibombo District has petitioned the Constitutional Court to declare and order vacant the parliamentary seats belonging to the 52 UPND Members of Parliament who shunned President Edgar Lungu’s State of the Nation Address.
Richard Mumba of Chifwakula Village, Kabangwe area in Chieftainess Mungule, in Chibombo district through his lawyer Rabson Malipenga wants the Constitutional Court to also declare and order that the 52 MPs are not eligible to recontest their seats once declared vacant.
In his petition papers filed today, Mr Mumba to determine whether or not by staying away without reasonable cause, the 52 MPs abrogated the Republican Constitution.
He also wants the court to determine whether or not the acts of omission by the 52 MPs of not attending is an illegality.
The petitioner also the court to declare or Order that the MPs are bound to attend the National Assembly when the President present and addresses the National Assembly.
In his grounds, he stated that the 52 MPs contravened the constitution by breaching the prescribed Code of Conduct and Ethics of the Office of Member of Parliament and contravened the constitution by breaching the Oath of Office.
Mr Mumba also contented that the 52 MPs contravened the Constitution by breaching the Oath of Allegiance to the President as Per Standing Order 8 (3) of 2016.
He stated that the 52 MPs breached the Constitution of Zambia by failing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Zambia by failing to attend the National Assembly when President Edgar Lungu went to attend and address the National Assembly.
Mr Mumba also stated that the 52 MPs breached Standing Order 10 (5) of 2016 which mandatorily required them to stand in their places when the President entered and left the Chamber by not attending the National Assembly and breached the Parliamentary etiquette which required them to be present in the House a few minutes before the scheduled time of commencement of sitting as per clause 2 of Chapter 5 of the National Assembly Handbook, 2006.
He also submitted that the 52 MPs through their ChiefWip Garry Nkombo were quoted to have said that the said 52 Members of Parliament have the 11th Commandment that they will not be where President Edgar Lungu is until all court cases are concluded.