English is a barrier to many MPs says Mulongoti

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Leader of the newly formed People’s Party (PP) Mike Mulongoti has observed that English language is a hindrance to effective contributions by Members of Parliament in the House.

Mulongoti who has served as Member of Parliament, Minister and at one time served as Chief Weep said many Members of Parliament are not able to effectively articulate using the country’s official language (English) in Parliament. He said some MPs being ‘stars’ from the constituencies they come from have not effectively contributed in Parliament.

The PP president says when voted into government, he will introduce Parliamentary Assemblies in provinces to address this problem and provide for effective representation.

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16 Responses to English is a barrier to many MPs says Mulongoti

  1. Just go & sleep!

    Joseph
    April 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm
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  2. The electorates are to blame. As long as a candidate on a parliamentary seat belongs to their party of choice they will vote for that person even if they know that he or she is a wreck. Surely, you cannot expect effective representation from such an MP who goes to parliament merely to listen to the debates of others because of the language barrier.

    Real Zambian
    April 6, 2013 at 5:58 am
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  3. Our parliament is rocked with people of different character.We have fraudstars,thieves and destitutes.English aside Mr Mulongoti,u r one of the failed and bitter mps.Parliament from Chiluba to date has not preserved the best characters…look mps after losing.they become destitutes….English..hhhhahahahahahahahahaha

    Aipepeta
    April 6, 2013 at 8:47 am
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  4. I have just had such a good laugh. This article is about inability to speak English………..written in bad English.

    Makes Sense
    April 6, 2013 at 9:07 am
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  5. good point

    sola
    April 6, 2013 at 10:01 am
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  6. Including the President, he hardly reads his speeches.

    VILIFIER
    April 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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  7. MPs are supposed to represent the views of the electorate, if they can communicate in english how will they get their views across? They are also law makers, and they debate bills that are presented in the house, the point Counsel brings across is very important…..let us not vote people in parliament who cannot change our situations…..education, education, education….there is no running away from school!

    bana tasha
    April 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm
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  8. I beg your pardon, i meant to say if they cannot communicate effectively in english…..

    bana tasha
    April 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm
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  9. Ichisungu nao mutundu fye nge shesu. It is just another medium of communication. Ngatawaishiba ukutontonkanya mu chitundu chobe namuchisungu mwine teti utontonkanye.

    Mwine Mushi
    April 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm
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  10. English shouldnt be the problem just allow people speak their own languages zambians can be so petty who told you that english is the only tongue for every one in europe it doesnt matter what ever you speak speak german,bugaria,check, spanish, french,japanise ,chinese ,name it no problem but unlearned zambian is troubled by one language

    nshilimubemba
    April 7, 2013 at 9:41 am
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    • The only problem, sir/madam, is that english is the only OFFICIAL language we have in this country, which we shall use for official communication during such official gatherings as parliamentary sittings and national assembly. Otherwise, any other local or international language will not suffice at Zambian level! So, we just have to vote for crooks who can speak and communicate effectively in english; the alternative is elusive!

      GMT
      April 7, 2013 at 10:36 am
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  11. Here in the uk people speak their preffered language in parliament some speak scotish some irish some speak welsh just as they want but you zambians want to struggle with this simple issue and start to call each other names,what a shame

    nshilimubemba
    April 7, 2013 at 9:51 am
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  12. The issue raised lead to two cardinal questions:
    a) How they can approve/debate any white paper or “read” Act proposals?;
    b) What about legislative draftsmen/women absolute lack of understanding of spoken English?

    taxman
    April 7, 2013 at 10:07 am
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  13. Struggle to speak english. The government should introduce another laguage as official locial laguage in zambia like our neighbours.

    Felix
    April 7, 2013 at 11:55 am
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  14. What do you expect when you elect a thug as MP? The fact is we had free education in Zambia up to university level! There is no excuse for a representative of the people not to articulate himself/herself in Parliament. This person should not be there in the first place. Why should the standards of this branch of govt be lowered to accommodate thugs?
    If you go to developed countries, one needs a good education even to become a policeman! The reason we are failing to develop as Africans is that we do our own thing, instead of learning from others.

    Zambia is a country in decline in case people have not noticed and the major reason is poor leaders. Just allow the thugs to start insulting each others in Bemba or Nyanja.

    Observer
    April 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm
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  15. Use local languages in zambia not english use chokwe ila chewa lozi etc the people represent are not english why use english that is not fair or have interpraters from local languages you cant impose on people they need to be original that is freedom in china you speak chinese rusia etc why only zambia using fake things zmbians must mature

    nshilimubemba
    April 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm
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