Speaker Matibini handling of business in the house troubling

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Speaker, Dr Matibini

By David Zulu

During the revolution of 1991 when one of Zambia’s most flamboyant politician, Frederick Titus Jacob Chiluba ousted Kenneth David Kaunda’s socialist diabolical One Party Dictatorship, FTJ enlisted an old hand in Parliamentary politics, Robinson Nabulyato, out from retirement back to the National Assembly.

Apparently Chiluba who was bubbling with American style Democratic tenets at least at that time, wanted a fierce and independent Parliament that would help him consolidate his vision of a free democratic governance.

Nabulyato wasn’t a push over, for even during the autocratic regime of Kaunda, the old Speaker nurtured and navigated some of the fiercest dispositions ever experienced at Manda Hill, much of the time, to the chagrin of the Executive. The miracle credited to Super Ken is that, ironically Kaunda never deposed Nabulyato. The Speaker retired out of his own accord.

The way of doing business in the house currently under Speaker Matibini leaves much to be desired and is scandalous at the very least.

Matibini’s partisanship is all very clear to see. His half hearted luck lustre conduct has caused irreparable credibility questions to the independence of Parliament from the Executive.

The current Speaker’s predictable leanings towards the PF has brought to the fore, the questions of relevance of the National Assembly, to the noble task of checks and balances, of the three arms of Government.

The Speaker allowed the PF President hold on to power shortly after elections, even when the constitution so clearly guided otherwise. He has allowed the PF MPs toy with the etiquette and protocols of Parliament by turning a blind eye even when they breach them with impunity.

Freedom Sikazwe caused a stir yesterday when he ‘christened’ Tongas as dogs and the Speaker chose not to chastise him. Mr Speaker has however not hesitated to mete out stiff punishment on opposition lawmakers for the flimsiest excuse as practicing a ‘walk out’, which is an acceptable form of protest in many a Commonwealth parliament.

Zambia’s future as a unitary State is at the crossroads, unless Institutional tasks are recognised and carried out by those that head these institutions. As things stand, it’s a bleak future.

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4 Responses to Speaker Matibini handling of business in the house troubling

  1. He has failed,he doesnt follow the constitution during presidential petition he was surppose to take over as president, I dont know what he was waiting for.
    He is a failure

    joseph Mwape
    March 14, 2017 at 6:15 am
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    • Indeed a disgrace yo mother Zambia shame

      Zambian
      March 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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    • Indeed a disgrace yo mother Zambia shame

      Zambianman
      March 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm
      Reply

  2. Sebana wikute,ni pa zed malume,ethics,morality & all other upright virtues were trashed kudala!

    manluche
    March 14, 2017 at 10:58 pm
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