Simbyakula says no provincial assemblies because they could be meeting under trees

Minister of Justice Dr Ngosa Simbyakula has claimed that the PF government could not support the clause on devolution of power through creation of provincial assemblies because it did not want parliamentarians to be meeting under trees.

And Information and Broadcasting Minister Chishimba Kambwili was last evening ordered out of the Chamber for 10 minutes by Deputy Speaker Mkondo Lungu.

Dr Simbyakula stressed that it was not feasible to establish the regional assemblies because there was no infrastructure.

But Lukulu West UPND law maker Misheck Mutelo wondered why the government was arguing that there was no money for provincial assemblies yet they refused to hid to calls to reduce the blotted cabinet.

Several opposition Members of Parliament argued that Provincial assemblies could have insured fare distribution of national resources to all provinces.

As opposition members were debating against piecemeal amendments to the constitution, PF ministers were heard shouting in the back ground that people in Muchinga did not even understand what was being debated over the constitution because they did not know how to read or write hence the constitution was not a priority to them.

Senanga Central Member of Parliament Likando Mufalali however said it was unfortunate for the PF to insult people who voted them to parliament that they knew nothing on the constitution.

Mufalali warned that the same people that the PF was referring to as not able to read and write will speak through the ballot in 2016.

And Information and Broadcasting Minister Chishimba Kambwili was last evening ordered out of the Chamber for 10 minutes by Deputy Speaker Mkondo Lungu.

Kambwili was chased out after he continued making running comments against the opposition UPND members in the background as Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula was on the floor.

Meanwhile Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has charged that the passing of the constitution through parliament and the removal of some clauses has vindicated stakeholders who had opposed the parliament route.

FODEP Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi said despite clauses like the 50 percent plus 1 being approved, the rights of Zambians will continue to be violated because some progressive clauses on governance have been dropped.

The Constitution of Zambia National Assembly Bill number 17 of 2015 was passed in the night on Thursday going into Friday morning with some Members of Parliament sleeping and dosing as the deliberations where in progress.

 

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