Zambian parliamentarians urged to observe commonwealth day

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— Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has urged all Members of Parliament (MPs) to participate in the commemoration of the Commonwealth day that falls on March 9 2015.


Dr. Matibini said the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Zambia Branch has lined up activities among them debates involving youths drawn from all the 10 provinces of Zambia.


The debates have been co-sponsored by the National Assembly and Health Access Rights and will be centred on reproductive health.


He said the activities are aimed at recognising the capacity and contribution of young people in fostering sustainable development and democracy.


The Speaker further disclosed that the youths would consider establishing a National Youth Parliament in line with this year’s theme.


Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth nations across the Commonwealth by young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations which recognizes capacity, contribution and potential of young people, who play a vital role at the heart of sustainable development and democracy.


Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced the 2015 Commonwealth Day theme, dubbed “ A young Commonwealth” and will be observed in the 53-nation community.


Meanwhile, Dr. Matbini has challenged all female MPs and selected male MPs and staff to represent the National Assembly at this year’s International Women’s Day which falls on Sunday, March 8, 2015.


Dr. Matibini further appealed to all members of parliament to support the womenfolk as Zambia joins the rest of the world in observing the international women’s day under the theme “Gender is my Agenda: Make it Happen”.