Parliament resumes sittings on February 20

Mumbi Phiri
Mumbi Phiri

January 23 -The second session of the 12th National Assembly, which adjourned on Wednesday 13th December 2017, will resume sitting on 20 February this year.

Roy Ngulube from the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly, announced the resumption of sittings of the legislature in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday.

Before the last sitting of the National Assembly adjourned sine die, Members of Parliament (MP) unanimously approved the K72 billion 2018 national budget presented before it by Minister of Finance Felix Mutati.

The members also deliberated on a wide range of issues which included the passing of a number of bills.

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 respectively.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, who resigned from his ministerial position early this year, will join the ruling PF backbench that has among others Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili.

Also joining the back bench will be PF Deputy Secretary-General Mumbi Phiri who was recently nominated to parliament by President Lungu in accordance with article 69 (1) of the constitution of the Republic of Zambia.

Conspicuously missing from the front bench and parliament will be former nominated MP and National Development Planning Minister Lucky Mulusa who was sacked last year when parliament went on recess.