Attorney-General’s lies exposed

Today, we publish the Hansard in which former vice president George Kunda rubbished claims that George Mpombo acted as president when president Mwanawasa travelled to Egypt for the African Union Summit on June 28 2008.

Below are the daily parliamentary debates for the fifth session of the tenth assembly

Thursday, 16th June, 2011

The House met at 1430 hours

[MR SPEAKER in the Chair]

National anthem

Prayer

Questions for oral answer

Functions of head of state

510. Mr Lubinda (Kabwata) asked the Vice-President and Minister of Justice:

(a) whether the late President Mwanawasa had legally delegated the functions of Head of State before he left for Egypt on his last trip in 2008; and

(b) if so, under which Gazette Notice the functions had been delegated and, to whom.

Mr Speaker: The House appears to be in an unusually jubilant mood this afternoon.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

The Deputy Minister of Justice (Mr Chilembo): Mr Speaker, the late President Mwanawasa, SC. did legally delegate the functions of Head of State before he left for Egypt on his last trip in 2008.

Under Gazette Notice No. 307 of 2008, the functions of the President were delegated to His Honour, Mr Rupiah Banda, MP, and Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia.

I thank you, Sir.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Speaker: Order! Order!

It may help, unless that is what follows, to read the actual Gazette Notice. Do you have it?

Mr Chilembo: Yes, Mr Speaker.

Mr Speaker: Read it.

Mr Chilembo: Gazette Notice No. 307 of 2008, the Statutory Functions Act, the Statutory Functions of the President (Delegation) Notice, 2008:

“It is notified for public information that in exercise of the powers vested in Article 39(1) of the Constitution of the Zambia, His Excellency the President did delegate the functions of President to Hon. Mr Rupiah Banda, MP, and Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia from 28th June to 2nd July, 2008.

“Dr J. L. Kanganja, Secretary to the Cabinet.”

With your permission, Sir, I will lay the paper

on the Table.

Mr Chilembo laid the paper on the Table.

Mr Lubinda: Mr Speaker, I want to appreciate the stammering by the hon. Deputy Minister when reading that Gazette Notice.

Hon. Government Members: Aah!

Mr Lubinda: May I find out the circumstances under which the then Minister of Defence acted during the early part of the absence of the late President because there is evidence of the fact that Hon. Mpombo was acting …

Hon. Opposition Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Lubinda: … when His Honour the Vice-President, Mr Rupiah Banda, then, was actually attending the burial of his late mother. Can we know the circumstances and what Gazette Notice was issued to that effect?

Hon. Opposition Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Speaker: Order!

The Vice-President and Minister of Justice (Mr Kunda, SC.): Mr Speaker, that statement is totally false. There was an instrument of delegation of power to the then Vice-President which I saw, as Minister of Justice.

Interruptions

The Vice-President and Minister of Justice: This was the document which was gazetted here. There is no document in existence which refers to Mr Mpombo acting as Head of State. There is nothing like that. It is totally false.

I thank you, Mr Speaker.

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One Response to “Attorney-General’s lies exposed”

  1. MMH says:

    Why is the extract dated Thursday, 16th June 2011? Mwanawasa died on 19th August 2008. Can someone explain the discrepancy?

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