The Party for National Unity and Progress (PNUP) has said that it will not support the motion from the opposition to impeach Speaker of the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti.
Nkana Independent Member of Parliament, Binwell Mpundu, had notified the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly of a motion to impeach Mutti, citing a number of parliamentary standing order breaches.
However, PNUP Nalolo Member of Parliament, Imanga Wamunyima, gave a counter view in a statement issued in Lusaka on Sunday and circulated to the media.
He said even though the move was in line with Article 83 of the Constitution read together with Section 82 of the National Assembly of Zambia Standing orders 202, the party had not appended any signature to the impeachment document.
“We have received with concern, numerous queries on our position with regards to a document circulating on social media with content that proposes to move a motion to impeach the Speaker of the Nation Assembly, Nelly Mutti,” Wamunyima said.
He said the party’s position could be interpreted only to the extent that the name appeared on the document without any endorsement or signature.
Wamunimya said this in itself should be indicative enough that the party was not part of the petition or its contents therein.
“It must be clear from the onset that we are equally having first sight of this letter only from social media,” he said.
Wamunyima said while the party was well aware that this process had been initiated, it should be noted that it did not undergo any consensus process.
He said the party was not averse to work with colleagues in the opposition or independents particularly on matters of mutually consent.
“In this regard, for the avoidance of doubt I wish to clarify in no uncertain terms that we are not part to the process of moving a motion to impeach the Speaker of the National Assembly,” Wamunyima said.
He urged fellow members in the opposition to, in future not include names of Members of Parliament who do not endorse such partisan processes.
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