Raphael Nakacinda
Raphael Nakacinda

There was drama at Parliament this afternoon where the Parliamentary select committee chased the Non-Governmental Gender Organisation Coordinating Council for allegedly plagiarizing the work of Transparency International Zambia.

Midway into their submissions, the Committee chaired by MMD nominated Member of Parliament Raphael Nakachinda noted similarities in the wording of NGOCC submissions to that of TIZ forcing them to send the NGOCC away.

Committee member Tutwa Ngulube who is also Kabwe Central Member of Parliament warned the NGOCC that they risk being jailed for copying other people’s work and demanded that the NGOCC be sent away.

And Chembe Member of Parliament Sebastian Kopulande demanded for an explanation on who copied the other Organisation’s work between NGOCC and TIZ.

It is at this point that Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa asked the committee Chairperson to make a ruling on whether such was allowed before the committee.

But in defence, NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale said the similarity in the content was because the civil society during a meeting organized by NGOCC resolved to have a common position on the constitution.

She is certain that even if Action Aid and other NGO’s that attended that consensus meeting would appear before the Committee, they would equally submit the same word for word.

Mrs Mwale said NGOCC co-facilitated a meeting for CSOs which came up for a common position on the matter.

She said the NGOCC is mot changing anything from its submissions and maintained that all CSOs that attended the meeting will submit the same content.

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  1. Whose parliament is it anyway? People should not be embarrassed for appearing before a select committee of parliament. If those who appear before a committee of parliament are talking nonsense, u just politely engage them. MPs should be ready to meet all kinds of people. Democracy is a mixed bag like society itself.

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    • You do not politely engage them, you call them out and chase them away – they are time-wasters. How can the whole of an organization go and knowingly present something that has already been presented? Why didn’t the organizations that sat sat down and came up with a unified position present their unified position in one document? Useless NGO.

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    • The Speaker Matibini appointed Committee is trying to doctor Submissions made. The truth is that TIZ and NGOCC made Submissions to the Select Committee rejecting Bill 10 and recommending that the Notorious Amendment Bill be withdrawn from Parliament. Twutwa Ngulube and Nakacinda are PF Cadres in favour of the Bill. They are therefore conflicted and biased towards NDF and PF. The Select Committee has no Powers to choose which Submission they should accept. The Select Committee is trying to rig the Hearings hoping the Bill will have a 2/3 Majority Vote. All Progressive MPs, Opposition Parties, Associations, NGOS, Churches etc must stand together and firmly reject the Bill whose objective is mutilate our Constitution and undermine our Democracy.# Lets all reject the PF Bill 10.

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    • What the Committee chair does not know is that TIZ work is open source and not patented, it was developed using tax payers money.

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  2. “It is at this point that Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa asked the committee Chairperson to make a ruling on whether such was allowed before the committee.”
    What? Hon Prof Lungwangwa of UPND is sitting on that committe? I thought they said that UPND MPs would boycott parliament and any process from NDF? Or is it that he will be expelled by HH?

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    • Why is Professor Lungwangwa a UPND MP participating in this PF/NDF Select Committee? This Select Committee is appointed by Speaker Matibini who is a PF Cadre. So why does the Professor participate in this Sham process? The Amendment Bill No.10 has been Petitioned in Concourt by LAZ and UPND Supports the Petition. So why is a UPND MP participating in this Select Committee? Is Prof Lungwangwa going to vote for Bill 10? I can’t believe that this UPND MP is in favour of Bill 10. This is confusing.

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    • This is a point where one now begins to question the morality of UPND, They condemn but that are in the same thing and benefiting from the same thing they are condemning. That’s why we have a problem believing things that come from their mouths.

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  3. Childish and yet they have all plagiarized white man’s work. Grow up. My white wife is shaking her head. Stop embarrassing me you Africans

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  4. This is an important lesson to civil society and the general public, the people we elected have become the rulers of the land. They define what is acceptable and what isn’t. Issue based campaigns should never be about citizens fitting into political party manifesto, please NGOCC and all, let’s come up with the demands of the people so that those elected will be given a job description. The committee showed you the door, they have become the rulers and turned the employers into employees. This must change as we prepare for 2021 – the leaders we deserve to foster the change we demand.

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  5. Very embarrassing. Reminds me of school days when
    multiple scripts would be submited which were the same word by word. if i was the sponsor of NGOCC, i would withdraw immediately

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  6. Thrn tomorrow they will be speaking on top of their voices ckndemning corruption. These guys are fraudulently frawing hefty salaries for copy and paste work? Even if its the same submission, the feeling it should have a unique NGOCC taste. Siavonga and mpulungu kapentas taste different. but they are both kapentas

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  7. I see why Twutwa Ngulube wanted the President of LAZ, Mr Mwitwa impeached. Twutwa Ngulube and other MPs sitting on this Select Committee are being paid seating Allowances. Is that the reason why Prof Lungwangwa is also serving on this Speaker Matibini appointed Committee? Why is Professor Lungwangwa sitting on this Committee when his Party supports the LAZ Petition against Bill 10? The Prof has no Principles and wants to earn seating Allowances?

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  8. THE PROFESSOR HAS THE RIGHT TO SIT AND LISTEN ON HOW THE CROOKED PF ARE PLANNING TO MANIPULATE BILL NO.10,WHY SHOULD H.H. BE AN ISSUE ON THIS MATTER BECAUSE THE SPEAKER AND GIVEN LUBINDA HAVE AN HIDDEN AGENDA BY USING THIS DUBIOUS BILL.
    WHY SHOULD MUNDIA MENTION THE ALLOWANCES WHICH ARE THE PROFESSOR ‘S ENTITLEMENT BEING AN M.P;WHICH ALSO APPLIES TO THE PRESIDENT EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU THOUGH HAVING FAILED THE COUNTRY ‘S ECONOMY HE IS STILL BEING PAID AND NO ONE HAS SAID LET HIM SURRENDER HIS SALARY FOR HIS FAILURES . LET’S BE OBJECTIVE ……………..MAYBE WE SHOULD STOP THE CABINET MINISTERS ,PERMANENT SECRETARIES AND THOSE GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO GOVERN NOT TO BE PAID DUE TO INCOMPETENCE.

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    • U got it wrong. If Prof doesn’t believe in Bill 10 then he should have recused himself from the Select Committee Processes. Twutwa Ngulube is in support of Bill 10 as a PF Cadre. He is the Committee to influence this Bill being passed by Parliament by a 2/3 Majority Vote. The best stance for UPND MPs is not to participate in the PF scheme to rig the 2/3 Majority Vote process. Bill No.10 is a scheme to rig the 2021 Election by mutilating the Current Constitution. For UPND MPs to participate in the Matibini Select Committee is to legitimize the PF schemes. Nakacinda and Tutwa Ngulube are refusing NGOCC Submission simply becoz their recommendations are against Bill No.10. This Select Committee is appointed by Matibini who is doing PF’ s bidding in the Bill 10 processing. It’s now clear…

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  9. Nothing is wrong it’s only that pf wants this bill to be amended, that’s why. Why are you embarancing your colleagues? Respect is important.

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  10. If the speaker of the national assembly is deamed by upnd as pf supporter, then what the hell are upnd mps doing in pf parliament? Tell your upnd mps to stop attending parliament sessions chaired by pf speaker. Stop dirty politics. Recently it was edigar not recognised as president but upnd were bussy on the same house calling her ” your honor the vice president” vice to who? Learn some respect ba upnd. Respect the speaker. This nonsence will not give you a single milage to win 2021 elections. You will always be behind, coz thats were u belong.

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