Monday, March 4, 2024

Garry Nkombo urges Speaker to stop procrastinating and immediately table the Impeachment Motion against President Lungu

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United Party for National Development (UPND) Mazabuka Central MP, Garry Nkombo has challenged Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Patrick Matibini to stop procrastinating and immediately table the Impeachment Motion against President Edgar Lungu before Parliament or dismiss it with an explanation to the House.

In 2018, Hon. Nkombo moved a motion in Parliament to impeach President Lungu for breaching the Zambian Constitution when he failed to handover the instruments of power to the speaker of National Assembly following a Presidential Petition by UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema after the disputed 2016 general elections.

Addressing the press at the UPND secretariat in Lusaka this morning, Hon Nkombo wondered why it had taken Dr Matibini more than two years to study the motion despite confirming that it was properly tabled in 2018.

“So, am challenging him to table the motion immediately or dismiss it because there is nothing to study in the two-page document. My message to Dr Matibini is for him to dismiss the motion and give me an explanation or immediately table it before the house. This is because the Speaker confirmed that my motion was properly tabled without any problems,” he said.

In admitting receipt of a letter by Hon Nkombo challenging the Speaker’s failure to table the Motion before the house, the Clerk of National Assembly, Ms Cecilia Mbewe stated that the Speaker was still studying the matter.

He stated that he was however not surprised with the Speaker’s procrastination in tabling the motion as he is also in breach of the Constitution for his failure to receive the instruments of power from Mr Lungu.

Hon Nkombo also wondered why it had taken Dr Matibini two years to study the motion when First Speaker of National Assembly, Catherine Namugala had ruled that the Motion was properly before the House in 2018.

“By law, the supreme law of the land, which is the Constitution, both Mr Lungu and Dr Matibini are in breach of the same Constitution as one was supposed to hand over power while the other was supposed to receive the power, ” Hon Nkombo said.

43 COMMENTS

  1. It’s too late ba carry kombo, stop fooling chambians, let’s just face him in pallot pox, why the hullabaloo , muletutuma. Lelo ati mumpichimance this is cheap black Friday politics

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  2. Under5 satan.ic party, dev.il worshippers, cry babies.. de.monic, ba freem.asonry..a party with colour red is not a normal party.

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  3. Laws are laws, if truly you believe he breached the constitution, go ahead with the process. You can’t say because we have elections coming up in 2021,therefore let’s suspend the law, NO. If you believe he breached, that is why they are mechanisms like impeachment in our laws to take care of that, so don’t get discouraged, the law is on your side

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  4. They thought shooting down Bill 10 will bring out Zambians celebrating on the street and their “revolution” would begin. Now after petition, dictatorship, ICC, corruption, impeachment, Bill 10, etc have flopped, this ka Nkombo twit is scouring through scraps trying to excite their fanatical supporters. Ba Chimbwi no plan!!

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  5. If he did not hand over power to the speaker when a petition was taken to court, that is a clear breach, no debate here. However there is very high unemployment in Zambia as a result those ministers supporting him will choose their jobs over justice and won’t support the impeachment

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  6. Go for it Garry. It is within the rule of law. If he survives he survives, he will still be taken care of in 2021 if he survives this one. 2021 is his final exit point. The economy is bad, prices are too high for ordinary people

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  7. “. The devil is in the detail ” is an idiom that refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details, meaning that something might seem simple at a first look but will take more time and effort to complete than expected.

    MOST PF CADRES ABOVE ARE JUST COMMENTING MINUS ANALYSIS, THIS AIN’T JUST ABOUT IMPEACHMENT, BUT IT ABOUT BREACHING THE CONSTITUTION, GUESS THAT’S WHY IT HAS TAKEN 2 YEARS TO STUDY. AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SPEAKERS RULING.

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  8. GARRY note that you have set a precedent in Parliament. PF and Independent MPs will just walk out of Parliament including
    Parliamentary staff members at the time of VOTING and you will only remain about 48 Members. So you wont ganer 2/3 majority.

    Please egange you efforts to tell us why we should vote for you and your PARTY. Why do you FEAR ECL, just face him at the BALLOT BOX.

    The problem with ECL AND PF opponents have no MANIFESTOES TO SELL TO THE VOTERS other than wanting ECL to just HAND OVER POWER without voting. NO, NO, NO IT CANT HAPPEN. Just be prepared to face HIM at the ballot box

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  9. This f00l knows that it is not possible for his nonsensical motion to succeed. You are just scared of ECL you idi0ts coz you know that your king can not win against ECL. At first you were celebrating Sata’s illness and his subsequent death hoping against hope that without Sata on the ballot, chitechi will win but he was walloped. Remember the confusion in PF that characterized Sata’s succession. While PF were quarreling about who should succeed Sata, your supreme leader was already campaigning but ECL still managed to beat your idi0tic leader. Waleta tribalism ngu upnd, wakuti pa lyansa, palyansa….munyoko, munyoko.

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  10. People are scared of facing Lungu in 2021. Things like impeachment, military cool, stepping down do not succeed in Zambia. The only thing that work is the ballot. Stop wasting time and go educate people to register as voters.

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  11. Hahahha I thought these guys told us that they are certain of winning the election. So why waste time trying to impeach a president who has not broken any laws that would warrant impeachment? What is little Garry and his minions scared of ? They ran away from parliament during bill 10 and yet now he wants all mps to follow his lead just because it’s in his party interests. Garry you are a sick son of an ugly donkey. I will whlp the f00lishness out of you next time I see you.

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  12. We are registering to vote and the opposition is busy discussing impeachment? Some dogs are better left lying where they have been laid for years

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  13. Anyway back to more important issues. Today is Friday. What are you people all doing for weekend? Today I am surprising my beautiful wlfe regina with surprise gift and home cooked meal. Some will ask what the occasion is. Well there is no special occasion. I shouldn’t have to spoil or show my love to my one and only just during special days. To me every day with her is special.

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  14. That is why things like impeachment were put in the constitution, they are not for decorations, so if a need arises to impeach use that piece of legislation. That is a civilized way of doing things, following the due process of the Law.

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  15. This issue is not about politics no its about the constitution it must be upheld and respected no one is above the law I see alot of comments flying saying focus on 2021 the day zambia finds its self in a dictatorship don’t be shocked how we got there or wen some1 refuses to hand over power the citizenry need to be very serious these issues noti ifya smaz elo Wat hh said ku rally

  16. Some are naive thinking impeachment can only be done by voters. If he breached the constitution, the process Nkombo has started is the right one. Let us support democratic processes

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  17. Look at the shallow thinking of KZ. If president Lungu breached the constitution, an offence to call and warrant impeachment, so be it. To suggest that lets forget and focus on the coming elections is wapped thinking. Illegality is not an excuse for the forthcoming elections. Lungu should no cleanse himself through elections. Lungu allowed his ministers to stay in office when parliament dissolved, robbing Zambians of much needed funds paid to these ministers illegally. Zambians can not just forget and move on, when an illegal act has been proved in courts of law. Lungu should pay for sins committed to Zambians – that’s what justice demands. So, if Lungu commits an impeachable offence, now is the time for impeachment regardless of forthcoming elections. Let the speaker Dr Matibini table…

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  18. For those who say that the opposition don’t have enough MP’s. Only a simple majority is required.
    Remember, 3 PF MP’s did not vote for bill 10 and later blamed technology. With the impeachment motion, PF or independent MP’s can “accidentally” vote to impeach Lungu and still blame the parliament voting platform.
    ECL and the Speaker are afraid of that , hence the delay on the issue.

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  19. Gary Nkombo, I beseech you. If you really want to take over power next year, go out and sell your party’s manifesto to the electorate. Elections are only next year and you want to waste valuable time talking about ECL impeachment. For an impeachment to succeed, you need two thirds majority in parliament. How do you expect to succeed when UPND and some independent members of parliament are less than 60. PF and pro-PF MPs will also walk out when voting time for the impeachment bill comes. After all, you set the tone by walking out during Bill 10 . So why waste your time Gary Nkombo? Please go out and campaign for your party.

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  20. Garry Nkombo, go ahead, you are not wasting anybodys time. You are just doing that which the constitution requires a responsible citizen to do. In South America where they take constitutional issues seriously they impeached a President two weeks before elections. Elections have their role and impeachment has its role

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  21. If a President has breached the constitution, the mechanism for punishment is impeachment as enshrined in the constitution, you can’t use the coming elections as a punishment, what if one rigs and wins, then how will the punishment be applied, just go ahead with the impeachment process

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  22. Some *****s seem to be happy when the constitution is being breached with impunity. You can only be a rapist if you find no fault when a woman is raped. Garry is only helping us to remember to respect the law of the land. The only problem I see here and why someone wants to study two pages in two years one each year is that we are asking the guilty to preside over his own case. Kaya.

  23. It is only a rapist who finds no fault when a woman in neighbourhood is raped. some iiddiioottss seem to be happy seeing the constitution being violated with impunity. Garry is only helping genuine Zambians to remember to respect the supreme law and other laws of the land. the only problem I see here and why someone can take two years to study two pages, one page per year is that we are asking the guilty to preside over his own case. Danny will say Kaya!!!!

  24. As much as Zambia has useless MPs in the PF and UPND. People like president lungu. He can only be defeated if Zambian MPs actually did work. Plus came up with progressive bills that spur the economy to grow. Please someone tell me what bill any of these lunaticcs in the ruling party or opposition have ever given us that has helped Zambia as a whole.

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  25. The impeachment way is the process you use if you suspect something wrong in a President. So there is nothing peculiar here. These mechanisms were put there for a reason, so don’t demonize Nkombo for doing his work. For you our perpetual failures in PF, pretend to start sorting out the Kwacha

  26. The genius of Gary Nkombo that the emotional thinking public fails to grasp! Lady Justice is blindfolded and carries in her hands a scale and a sword! Parliament is an arm of governance that makes the laws which Lady Justice determines and executes fairly! No need for public court commentary on issues of concern arising from legislation that parliament passed and it is not followed! Especially when clarification is sought by a member of parliament (MP) from the Speaker!

  27. But mu Zambia muli ma slow coaches. Two years to study two pages! No wonder it’s taking us more than 50 years to remove those colonial white people’s wigs from the speaker and judges ‘heads

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  28. Nothing wrong with debating the motion. It will take 2 hours and the speaker will spare time by putting it in the floor. PF will vote against it and that’s it motion is dead. The constitution is followed and we move on. Everyone will be happy. Unlike the death of bill 10 which has left us with a ghost.

  29. A number of comments above show that some are quite naive as to Gary’s strategy here. Ofcourse he knows the chances of impeachment are very low but he wants to make the point that everyone – President and Speaker included, should be subject to the Constitution. Also, he wants to put this back into public view so that this lot are deterred from same or similar constitutional breaches in next elections. Go Gary go!!!

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  30. People, for once separate the issues. The law and politics are not the same. Let the law take its course in this matter. No shortcuts and it’s a parliamentary process not common man like most of you, Kaizer and me.

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  31. Tell us what you will do for Zambia not just chasing The Republican President at every given opportunity. To me you sound frightened of losing to him next year because you’ve seen that competition is stiff!! Rethink your strategy otherwise you’ll lose again. May the best man win. Meanwhile, @ Kaizar Zulu, yep weekend is here, your plan sounds awesome; it’s good to spoil a lady. Am taking my daughter out shopping then will have dinner as a family in the evening. Enjoy your weekend, Cheers!!

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