Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya has said the recent attempt by United Party for National Development (UPND) Members of Parliament to secure a High Court judgment to restrain the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini SC from punishing them for boycotting President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s address to Parliament on March 17, 2017 is a recipe for bad Governance.
He said the failed attempt points to how the UPND would compromise the principle of separation of powers between the three arms of government should they form government.
Bwalya noted that good governance demands strict respect for the separation of powers and autonomy of the three arms of Government namely Executive, Parliament and Judiciary which he doubts the UPND would respect.
He said it is absurd that the same MPs would attempt to make one arm of Government to prevail by stopping another arm of Government from exercising his or her lawful authority when the UPND MPs and their leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema are on record bemoaning the alleged attempts to compromise the autonomy of the three arms of government and state institutions in general.
Bwalya stated that the attempt the UPND MPs to restrain the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini SC from punishing them for boycotting President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s address to Parliament on March 17, 2017 is indeed a recipe for notorious bad governance and chaos in Governance system.
“It is not different from an instance where the head of the Executive, the Republican President decides to direct a judge of a competent court in our Republic on what judgment to come up with”
“Given the foregoing, it is not farfetched to conclude that if UPND were in power they would have been putting pressure on the Judiciary to get judgments in their favour in straightforward matters such as the one at hand. It is for reasons such as this one that many Zambians shudder to think of UPND in power”
“Zambians have not forgotten that the same UPND lawmakers who went to court apologized for boycotting the opening of Parliament by President Lungu”
“They even promised not to repeat the behaviour. Therefore, one thing that is not in doubt is that the UPND MPs knew that they were doing something wrong by staying away from President Lungu’s address to Parliament. As such, it is baffling that they went to court to secure a judgment to support their wrong doing. This points to a serious lapse in the reasoning of these lawmakers.”
“Finally, we wish to remind the UPND MPs that as lawmakers, Zambians expect them to have a better understand of issues. Zambians don’t expect them to seek the protection of the courts over an indisputable wrong” Bwalya said