Dr. Patrick Matibini has been re-elected unopposed as Speaker of the National Assembly.
This as Members of Parliament convened today to elect the Speaker, first deputy Speaker and second deputy Speaker.
Clerk of the National Assembly Doris Mwiinga who was the returning officer declared Dr Matibini as duly elected Speaker after receiving only one nomination at the close of the nomination.
Ms Mwiinga also declared Catherine Namugala and Mwimba Malama as first deputy Speaker and second deputy Speaker respectively after going through unopposed.
And speaking after being reelected, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini said it is both a tremendous challenge and a great honour for him to be entrusted once again with the task of being the guardian of the rights of all Members of Parliament.
And Vice President Inonge Wina said Dr Matibini is the most suitable person for the seat of Speaker.
She says she is convinced that in Dr Matibini the National Assembly will have a custodian of the dignity and authority of the house, who will regulate debate and enforce strict observance of the rules which govern orderly conduct in the house.
And President Edgar Lungu has sworn-in Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini, first deputy speaker Catherine Namugala and second deputy Speaker Mwimba Malama.
And in his petition to the President, Dr. Matibini appealed to the President to be willing and to allow Members of Parliament free access to him.
And President Lungu has assured the Speaker that all Members of Parliament will be allowed the full enjoyment of their rights and privileges accorded to them under the law.
President Lungu says he will be accessible to members of parliament at all times.