Speaker must stop UPND MPs from turning Parliament into a circus

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Speaker, Dr Matibini

The ruling Patriotic Front says it is now counting on Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini to stop UPND Members of Parliament from turning Parliament into a circus.

This is contained in a statement below availed to Zambian Eye today, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Highlight: Right thinking Zambians are counting on Justice Dr Matibini SC and the Committee on Privileges to protect the honourable house of Parliament from being turned into a circus theatre by UPND MPs.
The action of United Party for National Development (UPND) members of parliament to shun the address of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to Parliament on March 17, 2017 is unique and grave.

The boycott is unique because the reason for the action is that the UPND leadership doesn’t recognise Mr Lungu as Republican President. It is in the public domain that the UPND leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema was declared winner of the August 11, 2016 presidential election by their party national chairperson Ms Mutale Nalumango. This was done before the announcement of the final presidential results by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), a body with the legal mandate to declare the winner of a presidential election.
As such, the boycott of UPND members of parliament with the exception of Chilanga lawmaker Mr Keith Mukata is unique because according to the UPND Zambia’s Republican President is Mr Hakainde Hichilema. So UPND MPs shunned the address because according to them a person who is not Republican President was going to address Parliament.
It is within this context that the words of Katuba UPND MP Patricia Mwashingwele published in the Mast Newspaper of Wednesday, March 22, 2017 on page 3 should be understood. Ms Mwashingwele said and I quote; “No one will force us to recognise Edgar Lungu as President until the UPND presidential (petition) election is heard … and they cannot force him on us”.
It is this background that makes the action of UPND MPs to shun President Lungu’s address to Parliament grave. Indeed it is very serious for a Member of Parliament who has been duly sworn in to refuse to recognise the Head of State who was validly elected duly sworn in.
As such, we wish to make a clarion call upon Speaker of the National Assembly Hon Dr Patrick Matibini SC and the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges to handle the case of the UPND MPs seriously bearing in mind their declaration that nothing will force them to recognise Mr Lungu as Republican President. With hindsight we should all agree that the quick and seemingly sincere apology that the same MPs rendered after shunning President Lungu’s official opening of Parliament last year was a mockery.
By their own declaration UPND MPs under the dictates of their leader will never recognise President Lungu. Therefore future apologies should be understood as another gimmick to get off the hook and then continue with the same illegal conduct.
Finally, we wish to state that right thinking Zambians are counting on Justice Dr Matibini SC and the Committee on Privileges to protect the honourable house of Parliament from being turned into a circus theatre.
Frank Bwalya


12 Responses to Speaker must stop UPND MPs from turning Parliament into a circus

  1. To the contrary, it is President Edgar Lungu who has turned Zambia into a Bothwell CIrcus and a Banana Republic because of the way he is governing this country. He governs this country like he is directing affairs on his personal farm. It is also surprising that you PF members are leaving President Lungu’s misdeeds without advising him. You are the ones who are turning Parliament into a circus. In its 53 year history, when did you hear a Political Party in Zambia singing their Party Political songs and the Speaker allows that unabated in Parliament apart from the comedian PF MPs. Isn’t this behaviour equivalent to turning the Honourable HOUSE into a circus and you blame the UPND, Mr Sunday Chanda?

    March 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

  2. In South Africa opposition MPS walk out when Zuma is addressing Parliament. We have never heard of disciplinary action. What is so special with EL?

    March 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    • U are one full upnd cadre like your fellow tongas and HH…. Understand that Zambia and south Africa don’t use the constitution

      March 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    • Zuma unlike President Lungu is not elected by the General voters but members of Parliament.There is no comparison here.

      March 23, 2017 at 10:08 am

  3. In zambia we like education.

    kabompo boy
    March 22, 2017 at 11:22 am

  4. Manic Frank Bwalya does not understand law and Constitutional Procedures in Zambia. Once the Election of President Elect was Petitioned the ECZ declaration fell away. A new declaration by Concourt after Hearing the Petition and determining it, is what matters.Concourt did not declare the Winner becoz it did not hear the Petition. Concourt “dismissed” the Petition on the basis that 14 days had expired. Concourt has no powers and neither is there a law enabling it to dismiss the Petition. What Concourt did is a Nullity. Lungu proceeded to be sworn in by Clerk of Court instead of the Chief Justice or her Deputy. All these are illegalities committed by Lungu. The worst mistake made by Lungu was to refuse to handover power to the Speaker of Parliament while the Petition was being heard. This is an act of Treason. In short Lungu is an illegitimate President and UPND MPs under the Bill of Rights have the Right to boycott an address from an illegitimate President. What was illegal was to sing derogatory political songs in Parliament. The Right to protest,strike,boycott etc is enshrined in the Zambian Constitution and is therefore perfectly legal. The only way out is to hear and determine the Petition and then the Court can declare a Winner who will then be inaugurated as the Legitimate President of Zambia. Lungu cannot force UPND MPs to recognise him.It wont happen.

    March 22, 2017 at 11:59 am

  5. Who cares? Ask people on the street whether the know anything about the boycott, You will be shocked that 9 out of ten dont even know that the President spoke in Parliament. They will tell everything about Malema and Zuma and nothing about our own. This is because it is a boring parliament.

    March 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

  6. is this frank normal..he needs to be checked..Zambia is no different with SA..SA is even better democratically..

    March 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  7. Imwe ba PF so you think you are a serious team or trying to look like that.
    Surely MPs can not start singing “childish busitele” songs in Parliament. Are u normal since 1964 we ve never heard of such and for hon. Kampyongo, mutati, chitotela, kalaba…and others singing busitele ECL praise songs while the speaker join in stamping his right foot…shame. Stop this nonsense, leave it to soccer fans and your children, you are degrading the big House. Am nauseated, astonished and disgusted.

    March 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  8. Parliament is not PF House it’s a house for all political parties that have seats therein. Why then sing political songs for one party? Is it because in power, what will be in the minds of the other parties in the house. Mr Speaker are you under pressure from Lungu or what? I thot you were firm and upright. Of late I have started see a different you.. Docile and Partisan. Come out.

    March 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm

  9. Frank Bwalya is a Pysco. His mental illness is getting worse and needs to be hospitalized at Chainama Hospital.Boycotting a Parliamentary sitting is perfectly legal and such a Right is enshrined in the Current Bill of Rights.What is illegal is to sing in Parliament and in derogatory manner for that matter. The PF MPS broke Parliamentary Rules by singing deregotory songs this way. So the PF MPs could be disciplined for this.The PF should just leave this matter to the Courts.

    March 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

  10. fr bwalya is stupid just like his boss the drunk

    March 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

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