Why is Speaker Matibini quiet when MPs are harassed by police

Why is Speaker Matibini quiet when MPs are harassed by police

By Nason Msoni

Harassment of Parliamentarians by police.

We think it is now prudent for parliament to speak out against this new sustained culture of threats, arrests, harassment and selective use and abuse of laws on elected Mps performing duties they were duly elected and are mandated to perform.

We feel Members of Parliament, (particularly opposition) and those with opposing views, are being unreasonably targeted and subjected to undignified humiliation by being subjected to arrests on the most flimsy charges for visiting or being visited by their own constituents. Do parliamentary duties entail speaking only in parliament to fellow parliamentarians?

The deafening silence on the part of the Speaker to act on this selective application of laws on Members of Parliament performing similar duties across the political divide is worrying. Why are some honourable members of the house persona non grata in their own constituencies to their own aggrieved constituents while others have an open cheque access to theirs?

The speaker has acted swiftly on a number of occasions against members of the public criticising the house in the interest of parliamentarians. He has been mute when parliamentarians are being harassed by police for visiting their own constituencies or speaking to their constituents.

Parliamentarians are law makers and peoples representatives who ought to be allowed access to their constituencies and constituents without let or hindrance at all times without bureaucratic encumbrances.

This novel practice of hauling Members of Parliament in panel vans by police and locking them up in filthy police cells through selective application of the law of unlawful assembly is undignified and should be condemned.

Essentially, what is at stake is the honour and dignity of the house that is being brought down in a manner that in the end the people who are represented cannot have respect for their representatives.

The indulgence by the Speaker in this matter is recommended with due respect.

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    tasman 2 weeks ago

    The most foolish speaker zambia has ever produced and not even worth to be called a speaker.

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    Dominic 2 weeks ago

    The World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987 defines Development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”

    Personally,I like to add the definition as “the process in which someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advanced that would result in:-

    • No Poverty.
    • Zero Hunger.
    • Good Health and Well-Being. .
    • Quality Education. …
    Gender Equality. …
    • Clean Water and Sanitation. …
    • Affordable and Clean Energy. …
    • Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Good and affordable communication…..
    Like Price NAB has observed,Zambians should desist the temptation of opening their mouths on any topic without the grounding of FACTS.We dwell too much on rumor mongering and cheap politicking that eventually leads to development stagnation.

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    I have realised that Zambia will never develop if we continue to have people we do not use their head before commenting.You know fully well that any opposition MP who report the matter to either the Local Authority or the police nothing can be done about it. Politics of the Pf government has turned into a game of manipulation.I think if you are truly Zambian ,you will sit down and ask yourself if by supporting blindly you are been patriotic. Our country is not developing because we can’t even compete at international level. You will argue and say that the PF government have done a lot by constructing roads and other things, but remember that you can’t measure developing by looking at infrastructure.
    Development Indicators
    The UNDP (UN development programme) describes development as: ‘the three essentials of development include the ability to lead a long and healthy life, to acquire knowledge, and to have a decent standard of life’.

    Some people also believe that the political health of a country is an important factor in its development, which includes freedom of speech and demonstration.

    Development can be measured in many different ways (as shown in the diagram below).

    Main development points:
    Employment
    Poverty
    Health
    Education
    Social Cohesion
    Safety and Security
    Good Governance . Please let call a spade a spade, Zambia has lost it’s true direction and because of that , we the Zambian people should wake and stop be dull and cowards.

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    Matibini 2 weeks ago

    iwe ka Dominic shut your beak, form up and wake up outside kakakakakakakaka

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    Dominic 2 weeks ago

    It is good to ask the Speaker to ensure the dignity of MPs is observed where these persons are being harassed. The big question that begs an answer is at what stage should the Speaker get involved? For example,should the Speaker admonish an MP who uses foul language away from Parliament premises or personally vandalizes Bill Boards instead of asking the Local Authority deal with the matter?