Chipenzi Mourns Suspension of UPND MPs

UPND aligned political commentator MacDonald Chipenzi has staged a cyberspace funeral over the suspension of the 48 members of parliament. Chipenzi formerly of the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has often sprung to the defence of UPND causes under the … Continued

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UPND aligned political commentator MacDonald Chipenzi has staged a cyberspace funeral over the suspension of the 48 members of parliament. Chipenzi formerly of the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has often sprung to the defence of UPND causes under the guise of civil society advocacy. BELOW IS HIS FULL STATEMENT: REFLECTION ON THE SPEAKER’S RULING ON 48 MPS Having covered parliament proceedings as reporter for three years, I was surprised to hear the Speaker judge MPs by their political party affiliation. From the practice, Speaker identifies MPs by their constituencies or members either on the right or left, or back benches and frontbenchers. In the case at hand, the Speaker judged MPs based on their political affiliation and not on their membership to the National Assembly. According to the amended National Assembly (Powers immunities and Privileges) Act. No. 13 of 2016 a “member” means any member of the Assembly and includes the Speaker” therefore, when in Parliament, MPs are regarded as members of the National Assembly and not of the sponsoring parties. This is the principle law as it is defined as “an Act to declare and define certain powers, privileges and immunities of the National Assembly and of the members and officers of such Assembly; to secure freedom of speech in the National Assembly; to regulate admittance to the precincts of the National Assembly; to give protection to the persons employed in the publication of the reports and other papers of the National Assembly; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.” To this end, for the Speaker to categorise the erring MPs based on the party affiliations seems to have gone against the principle act which does not demand that MPs will be disciplined based on party positions and rather than on the breakage of the laws governing parliament. Under this Act, recognition of the President or boycott of the presidential address are neither offences nor crimes punishable under the law. I wish to learn something from the gurus why for the first time, Members of the National Assembly were charged for their party decision and not by abrogating the laws of parliament as members of the National Assembly. Why was the Speaker so emphatic on the party affiliation and not on crimes and offences committed under the rules of parliament? The post Chipenzi Mourns Suspension of UPND MPs appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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IPOB to Osinbajo – You Met With Wrong People

[Daily Trust] Awka -The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the recent meeting of some Igbo leaders with the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, saying he ended up discussing with those who do not belong to any of the groups ‘agitat…

[Daily Trust] Awka -The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the recent meeting of some Igbo leaders with the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, saying he ended up discussing with those who do not belong to any of the groups 'agitating for the welfare of Igbo people.'

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Zakzaky – Court Proceedings Stalled As Army Counsel Admits Ignorance of Case

[Daily Trust] Kaduna -There was drama at the Federal High Court, Kaduna yesterday during the court sitting of Shiekh Ibrahim Zakzaky versus the Nigerian Army and three others when counsel to the Nigerian Army, Hussein Oyebanji, admitted his inability t…

[Daily Trust] Kaduna -There was drama at the Federal High Court, Kaduna yesterday during the court sitting of Shiekh Ibrahim Zakzaky versus the Nigerian Army and three others when counsel to the Nigerian Army, Hussein Oyebanji, admitted his inability to proceed with the case because he had no knowledge of the proceedings.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Scrutiny of 2017/18 National Budget Bill Begins

[New Times] The parliamentary Standing Committee on National Budget and Patrimony has started review of the draft law for the 2017-18 National Budget to fine-tune plans laid out in the Bill before it is passed.

[New Times] The parliamentary Standing Committee on National Budget and Patrimony has started review of the draft law for the 2017-18 National Budget to fine-tune plans laid out in the Bill before it is passed.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Ombudsman’s Office Faces Gaps in Capacity to Fight Graft – Study

[New Times] There are some gaps that need to be plugged if the Office of the Ombudsman is to successfully play its role of combating corruption in the country, a new study has shown.

[New Times] There are some gaps that need to be plugged if the Office of the Ombudsman is to successfully play its role of combating corruption in the country, a new study has shown.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Govt Denies Alleged Quit Notice to Nigerians in South Africa

[This Day] Abuja -The federal government thursday dispelled rumours of a quit notice given to Nigerians leaving in South Africa to leave the country by June 16, 2017 or face dire consequences.

[This Day] Abuja -The federal government thursday dispelled rumours of a quit notice given to Nigerians leaving in South Africa to leave the country by June 16, 2017 or face dire consequences.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Govt Surprised by ‘Bad Economy’ Result in Afrobarometer Survey

[Nyasa Times] The research institution Afrobarometer report findings, reveals that the country’s economy is in bad shape but government says it is surprised with the survey results.

[Nyasa Times] The research institution Afrobarometer report findings, reveals that the country's economy is in bad shape but government says it is surprised with the survey results.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi