Vice President Inonge Wina is on Tuesday expected to table a motion in Parliament seeking the approval and extension of President Edgar Lungu’s invocation of article 31 in the Zambian constitution addressing the security situation in the Country.
Parliamentary Chief Whip Richard Musukwa has confirmed this in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka today.
The Parliamentary Chief Whip has since ordered Members of Parliament to attend and vote for the extension of the Invocation of article 31 by President Edgar Lungu. Mr. Musukwa said that he expected all MPs to support the motion.
Mr. Musukwa told ZNBC News in Lusaka that President Lungu and the security wings need to be given enough power to deal with trouble makers.
He said Parliament will not seat and watch people destroying public and private property with impunity.
Mr. Musukwa said Parliament will extend the invocation of Article 31 by three months.
And Minister of Justice Given Lubinda has said that President Edgar Lungu has continued to uphold the country`s democratic tenets. Mr. Lubinda explained that President Lungu made consultations before invoking article 31 of the constitution.
Mr. Lubinda said that this was a clear demonstration that the President is a true democrat. The minister said that all law abiding citizens have nothing to worry about the invocation of article 31 of the republican constitution as the President has only done so to safeguard people`s lives and property.
Meanwhile, Minister of Justice Given Lubinda has challenged lawyers in the country to confidently defend the truth as they execute their duties.
Mr. Lubinda says lawyers should consider building a career as advocates with exceptional oral skills to achieve efficiency and reliability in the state’s legal affairs.
He was speaking when he officiated at a three-day conference of western Attorneys General in Lusaka today.
Mr. Lubinda said the country needs legal minds that will adequately promote justice and at the same time protect the interest of the state in legal matters.
He has called on state advocates to take advantage of the opportunity and derive the required skills from the training.
Mr. Lubinda was speaking during a special interview on ZNBC TV 1.