MPs bid farewell

PARLIAMENT will adjourn sine die on Wednesday next week to mark the end of the 5th session of the 11th National Assembly, Vice President Inonge Wina announced yesterday.

The Vice President moved a motion that Standing Orders 19, 20, 21 (1) and 101 be suspended to enable the House sit from 09:00 hours to 20:00 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday until business on the order paper was concluded.

Giving the House some ideas of the business it would consider next week, Mrs Wina said the House would look at Bills at various stages until they were concluded.

Meanwhile, UPND whip Garry Nkombo thanked the Speaker, the Vice President and Members of Parliament for the manner they conducted themselves during business of the House throughout the 11th session.

Mr Nkombo said he was grateful to the UPND leadership for trusting him with the huge responsibility of party whip throughout the session. Seconding the motion to suspend the Standing Orders 19, 20, 21 (1) and 101, Mr Nkombo said some MPs would not return and wished those seeking fresh mandates all the best.

Mr Nkombo, however, warned that there would be chaos ahead of the general elections if the process would not be managed well.

He told the Vice President to denounce violence and embrace issue-based campaigns in order to avoid chaos in the country.

And MMD acting whip Kabinga Pande said he regretted that the Constitution was passed during the 11th session without MPs really understanding the implications of the Grade 12 certificate clause contained in the amended Constitution.

Mr Pande said had the Constitution received adequate time for consultations among MPs, a lot of them would not have ‘‘shot themselves in the foot’’.

And Mr Pande thanked the Speaker for the manner in which he presided over the business of the House.

And Mrs Wina has said the dissolution of Parliament did not mean that it was the end of Government operations.

She said Government would continue implementing the projects which it had embarked on and that at an appropriate time, it would release the reports on the commissions of inquiry on the Energy Regulation Board, NAPSA, ZESCO and the Mongu riots.

The Vice President was responding to Luena ADD Member of Parliament Gertrude Imenda who wanted to know why no single commission of inquiry report had been availed to the general public despite being concluded by the various commissions of inquiry chairpersons.

Mrs Imenda wondered why Government had allowed resources to be wasted on various commissions of inquiry yet the reports had not been availed to the public and Parliament, since the House would adjourn next Wednesday.

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