Two important private member’s motions expected in Parliament

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The second session of the 12th National Assembly, which adjourned sine die on Wednesday 13th December 2017, resumed sitting on Tuesday and is expected to table at least to important Private Member’s Motions.

Among the Private Members Motions expected to be moved is the motion to consider limiting the number of times an individual can appear on a presidential ballot paper.

Chifubu law maker Frank Ng’ambi intends to move the motion which was first started by a young politician from the MMD Prince Ndoyi who indicated that he would petition parliament to consider limiting the number of times an individual can appear on a presidential ballot paper.

The debate on the topic has drown both support and criticism as some members of the opposition UPND have accused both Ndoyi and Hon Ng’ambi of trying to block their President Hakainde Hichilema from participating in the next general elections while supporters of the debate say this is not aimed at individuals but meant to stop the personalisation of political parties in the country.

Ndoyi who first started the debates argues that because of individuals personalising political parties in the country, political space for youths and women was being limited and that instead of parties being institutions they are becoming individualised due greedy for power by those at the helm hence contributing to the shrinking intraparty and national democracy.

Recently SACCORD urged stakeholders to debate the issue without emotions saying the pros and cons should be debated to ensure that citizens understood what was being proposed.

Meanwhile Bwana Mkubwa Member of Parliament Jonas Chanda wants members of the house to prioritize the passing of the national health insurance bill during the current sitting..

Dr. Chanda says the National Health Insurance bill is a non-contentious issue which will enable Zambians access quality health care despite their standing in society hence for members to pass it.

Before the last sitting of the National Assembly adjourned sine die, Members of Parliament unanimously approved the K72 billion 2018 national budget which was presented by former Finance Minister Felix Mutati who has been moved to Works and Supply.

The house will be without former nominated MP and National Development Planning Minister Lucky Mulusa who was fired and had his nomination to parliament revoked after his outbursts on corruption and incompetence in government.

Mulusa described the 42 infamous fire engines which were purchased at US$1million each as wheel barrows before telling the nation that the incompetence at Zambezi River Authority and Zesco is what caused the power deficit in the country in 2015.

During this sitting, the front bench will have two new Members of Parliament namely Patriotic Front (PF) Kwacha MP Joe Malanji  and Nkana MP Alexander Chiteme  following their appointments as Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister for National Development Planning.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, who resigned from his ministerial position siting swelling corruption in government for doing do will join the ruling PF backbench .

Also joining the back bench will be PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri who was recently nominated to parliament by President Edgar Lungu.

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3 Responses to Two important private member’s motions expected in Parliament

  1. Zambian parliament is a circus and waste of money. Parliament is supposed to hold government accountable to ensure that affairs of the country are well managed. Look at our parliament. They are there to debate things of no value to citizens.

    muntu
    February 23, 2018 at 1:46 pm
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  2. Dictatorship starts from political party candidacy. If a party can toralate a candidate to keep presenting themselves on every election that comes despite being rejected by the electorate such traits are indicative of a guy who may change the Constitution just to keep themselves into power beyond the stipulated terms. Limitation of how many times an individual can stand in an election must be encouraged.

    Dominic
    February 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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    • This is rubbish. Parties are clubs. There is no way people can waste time in Parliament debating club leadership. Lets be serious for once. If youths can think in that manner, then I dont see hope in this nation. Youths should be coming up with rival to Google, Yahoo and the rest, not this nonsense from prince ndoyi. This is clear dullness. smell the coffee guys.

      BlackBird
      February 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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