Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini
Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini

Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini says it is important that young people in the country become active participants in the operations of Parliament.

Dr. Matibini said the focus should be on young people as they are the leaders of today and tomorrow.

The Speaker said this in a speech read on his behalf by Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Zambia Vice President Mwansa Mbulakuluma during the commemoration of the Commonwealth day at Parliament buildings in Lusaka today under the theme ‘towards a common future’.

Dr. Matibini stated that the Commonwealth day serves to promote commonwealth core values and democracy.

He said since 1977 the Commonwealth Day brings together commonwealth member countries to unite in an effort to promote global issues, international cooperation and the Commonwealth’s work to better the lives of over 2 billion people in its 53 member countries the majority of which were once under British rule.

Dr. Matibini explained that the commemoration is also important for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Zambia Branch as it uses the event to focus on young people through debates, poems and drama.

He appealed to young people to share ideas on how beat the Commonwealth can positively shape the future of the country.

And In her message, Queen of England Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second said all members of the Commonwealth have reason to give thanks for numerous ways as lives are enriched by learning from others.

She noted that it is through exchange of ideas and looking at life from other perspectives that people grow and learn to work collaboratively.

Queen Elizabeth added that, there is special value in insights gained through commonwealth connection shared inheritance to help overcome differences so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division for all members.

Zambia has today joined 53 countries around the World in commemorating the Commonwealth Day which is celebrated every second Monday of March.

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    • Doesn’t the speaker look ridiculously foolish in that wig! So, it is ok to wear colonial regalia and commemorate Commonwealth day but not get Commonwealth to facilitate dialogue?

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    • Upnd does condemns everything including answering the call of nature. The complaint party from their president to the Cadres.

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    • Women’s Day and Youth Day must be bunched together. All these holidays are not healthy for the economy

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    • Commemorate Commemorate Commemorating everything when is the time to work imwe ba pompwe…surprisingly no one takes these commemorations serious in developed countries…only poor countries spending tons of money on these stupppid commemorations. We need a new generation of leaders

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  1. Doesn’t the speaker look ridiculously foolish in that wig! So, it is ok to wear colonial regalia and commemorate Commonwealth day but not get Commonwealth to facilitate dialogue?

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  2. Chi Wigi kuipa. MxxxxM!!!

    How can the Zambian speaker & judiciary not be brainwashed with such a colonial, medieval WIGs?
    Bob Marley once sang “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none BUT yourself can free your mind”.

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    • Imagine even the Speaker of Canada don’t wear these utterly ridiculous English Colonial wigs …

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    • In my view, there’s nothing wrong with the wigs as a symbol of identity.
      The clergy (at least in the conservative churches) still don the garb that dates from way back.
      So do Doctors their white coats.
      For members of the legal profession (the Lawyers and the judges) it is the gowns and wigs.
      It is noteworthy at this point that these 3 (divinity, medicine and law) in fact constitute the “original professions” (before the term ‘profession’ became so diluted as to encompass any line of work, trade or source of livelihood).

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  3. Not even the Speaker of the UK Parliament at Westminster wears a wig, at least not most of the time. He only dons a wig during ceremonial opening of Parliament. Having said that, I think change is possible, it’s just that we are slow in doing so. But I will not denounce Speaker Matibini just for wearing the wig. He’s just a bit old-fashioned and that is also a choice.

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  4. UPND is a “No” party! If the same thing PF or government leaders did were to be done by HH and the tribalists were not aware they could say “No!”

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  5. Ridiculous wig… Scrap the thing off already!! I wouldn’t be surprised if theres even a law against insulting that wig..pa Zambia..smh

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