Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Speaker of the National Assembly urged to close Parliament in light of the reported Covid 19 cases

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Opposition New Hope Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Deputy National Secretary Mr. Gregory Mofu has called upon the Speaker of the National Assembly to close Parliament in light of the reported COVID 19 cases.

The Clerk of the National Assembly, Ms. Cecilia Mbewe on Wednesday the 15th of July, 2020 announced that three (3) Members of Parliament and ten (10) National Assembly staff had tested positive for COVID 19.

In a statement circulated to the media this morning, New Hope Youthful MMD Deputy National Secretary said that the COVID 19 threat had become real in Zambia.

“The New Hope MMD has noted with sadness on how the general public have neglected in keeping themselves protected from the COVID 19. The COVID 19 threat is very much alive and the general public should continue protecting themselves as per Ministry of Health guidelines”, Mr. Mofu said.

Mr. Mofu then urged the Speaker to close down the National Assembly in a bid to prevent the further spread of the COVID 19.

“Lastly but not the least, we have noted with sadness the news that is coming in from Parliament that 3 Member of Parliament and 10 National Assembly Staff have tested Positive for the COVID 19. We wish them a quick recovery and the best of Health”, Mr. Mofu said.

“As a Party with our Members in Parliament, We would also like to call upon the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Patrick Matibini to immediately suspend the current sitting of Parliament before more MPs and Staff contract the virus”, Mr. Mofu further said.

16 COMMENTS

  1. In terms of Ministry of Health Covid 19 guidelines the Speaker of Parliament should have adjourned this Session Sine Die. Why is the Speaker of Parliament putting the lives of our MPs and Parliamentary Staff at risk? Surely conserving lives should be more important than Bill 10. The Speaker should act responsibly and b4 lives are lost. Lets hope common sense will prevail.

  2. Just close it for incompetency, until they find a better speaker. The only thing they have done are
    – infamous Bill 10
    – Unapologetic Mweetwa
    Now they want to create by-elections from covid-19 deaths.

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  3. Please don’t close parliament, let nature take its course! These dead wood called PF MPs must fry in COVID soup, kunya ba sakalanyongo imwe!

  4. Shut Parliament now. Postpone elections 2 years. STATE OF EMERGENCY NOW. Partial lockdown, doing business to be controlled.

    Army to impose adherence to covid19 rules. New normal is not going to work in poverty Africa. Protect people by being stern and enforcing masking, social distancing in business areas.

  5. Saving life is far much more important than passing dead Bill 10 into law. Bill 10 lapsed on June 4, 2020 and there is no way the Seaker of Parliament can miraculously resurrect it from its death. The Bill 10 Ghost will haunt ECL and PF for life. The writing is on the wall.

  6. Just close parliament now. Nothing constructive is coming out from there. The speaker is bullying the opposition and the opposition is refusing to be bullied

  7. MPs are on a PF Ransom. No passing of Bill 10 no Adjournment of Parliament. Bill 10 must be resolved during this current Session of Parliament. People must understand that Bill 10 is a Passport to Lungu’s Third Term. Article 52 (4) if not repealed could cause some complications at Nominations time. Hence Bill 10 must be enacted into law at all costs.

  8. PF of thieves would only close Parliament if t was the only way to pass Bill 10….this is how selfish and wicked the morons are!!

  9. We were told millions of money was spent on Virtual Conferencing Technology. Did they pocket the money or what? In this time and age, we must think ahead of COVID! Failure to innovate and adapt to change is what caused the extinction of Dinosaurs!
    It’s time to go Virtual! Business must continue even if it means working from home!

  10. PAY RETIREES. CLOSE PARLY TILL NEXT YEAR 2021 THERE IS NO BUSINESS IN PARLY ONLY BILL 10. SO CLOSE PARLY AND FORGET ABOUT BILL 10. CORONA IS REAL BILL 10 IS NOT REAL.

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