Power and Politics

Group sues Speaker Mutti, Attorney-General over legality in appointment of leader of opposition


Speaker of the National Assembly and the Attorney-General have been sued at the Constitutional Court by the Institute of Law, Policy Research and Human Rights seeking interpretation on whether Leader of the opposition should be appointed or elected?

The plaintiff has in the originating summons questioned whether pursuant to Article 74(2) of the constitution of Zambia (amendment) Act no.2 of 2016, a Leader of the Opposition is elected or appointed by the political party with the largest number of seats in the National Assembly itself as a political party.

The Institute further seeks clarity on whether an opposition party enjoying majority seats would elect an MP from another political party or from independent MPs as leader of the opposition.

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On November 1, 2023, the Speaker, Nelly Mutti, announced Robert Chabinga as the new Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly.

Chabinga, member of the PF- faction led by Miles Sampa, replaced Mporokoso MP Brian Mundubile.

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