THE next National Assembly will have the best Members of Parliament that Zambia has ever had, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has observed.
YALI president Andrew Ntewewe said a better Parliamentary representation after the August 11 general elections was envisaged because of the progressive provisions in the amended Constitution such as to have people with Grade 12 school certificates.
“It is our view as YALI that the next parliament will be one of the best, in a sense that if you look at the amended Constitution, especially on the provision to have people of a certain academic qualification of a Grade 12 school certificate.
“We are hopeful that we are going to have MPs that are well-informed, equipped and knowledgeable enough to comprehensively debate matters of national interest,” he said.
He reiterated that the country had in the past faced challenges due to perceived uneducated representatives.
“The biggest problem we have had in the past is that we had some MPs who may not have been well-informed, so even when bills are presented in parliament because of their lack of knowledge, they did not meet the minimum education qualification, they couldn’t research adequately and so the debates were always very bad,” Mr. Ntewewe said.