Opposition MPs ignore Speaker’s warning

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Dr Patrick Matibini
Dr Patrick Matibini

Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini’s warning today of disciplinary action against opposition Members of Parliament who abscond from the house and allow questions on the order paper to lapse did not move the opposition lawmakers as they continued with their protest on the constitution.

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Dr. Matibini had warned the members of parliament that anyone who absconded from the house including from asking questions would not be entitled to receive a sitting allowance for that particular day and shall further be subject to disciplinary proceedings in terms of Section 19 Paragraph E of the National Assembly Powers and Privileges Acts Chapter 12 of the law of Zambia.

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He said it is an act of unjust and illicit enrichment for members of parliament to draw a sitting allowance when a member intentionally absconds from the sitting of the house.

Dr Matibini further stated that the conduct of the opposition Members of Parliament to deliberately stay away from the business of the house amounts to contempt of the assembly.

But shortly after delivering his statement to house, opposition members of parliament defied the Speaker’s directive as they once again allowed their questions on the order paper to lapse.

This once again led to Parliament adjourning prematurely at about 15:27 hours after convening at 14:30 hours.

 

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