Sata invites MPs for ceremonial opening of parliament on 19th Sept

Parly-1The ceremonial opening of parliament has been set for Friday 19th September 2014, the yearly session in which the sitting president presides over the event.

According to invitation letters sent to Members of Parliament, president Michael Sata has personally invited Members of Parliament for the event.

Sata cannot delegate anybody for this event and will be expected to preside over a length programme and deliver a key note speech for the country’s economic and policy direction for the coming year.

This is the same session that Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda will be expected to present a national budget for 2015.

Opening of the Parliament marks the formal and decorous start of the parliamentary year and Sata is supposed to be there to give a speech that sets out government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining suggested policies and legislation.

Sata has not been seen in public for more than two months now but the nation will expect to see him for this important constitutional event in the calendar year of any country.

The colourful event starts from State House where Sata will be accompanied by a long motorcade alongside horse up to the National Assembly grounds.

He will then be expected to inspect a guard of honour to be mounted by the Zambia Army followed by 21 gun salute and Zambia Air Force fly past.

Sata will then be led inside National Assembly buildings accompanied by National Assembly Speaker Patrick Matibini and at that stage constitutes Parliament with his presence.


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