Power and Politics

Zambia’ parliament weak, compromised, lacking democracy —Lawmaker Mundubile alleges


The Edgar Lungu-led Patriotic Front (PF) has alleged that the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) wants to introduce proxy-voting in Parliament.

Mporokoso Member of Parliament, Brian Mundubile, said the UPND wants to use the weak, compromised Parliamentary system to introduce such kind of voting.

Mundubile said this at a media briefing in Lusaka on Friday held at the Parliamentary media center.

He proposed that instead of the UPND introducing proxy-voting, it should introduce virtual-voting which should be used in the absence of a Member of Parliament.

“The country’s Parliamentary system is compromised, weak and failing to function properly,” the Mporokoso Member of Parliament said.

Mundubile said Zambia was currently lacking parliamentary democracy as Members of Parliament are unable to debate issues affecting their electorate.

He said failure to debate issues affecting the country had led to a disastrous ending in most cases and poor economic performance.

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“Standing order number 134 is one of the most abused clauses in the National Assembly by the Presiding Officers who are frustrating Members of Parliament,” Mundubile stated.

The Parliamentarian urged Zambians to stand up and debate the plans by the UPND as it would curtail further Parliamentary debates like the current scenario.

Mundubile said Parliament was to blame for the economic hardships which Zambians were currently going through because Members of Parliament were not debating and sharing ideas on several issues.

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