Power and Politics

Speaker Mutti accused of serial breaches of country’s constitution


The United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) has demanded that Speaker of the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti’s alleged constitutional breaches be brought to an end before she plunges the country into ‘chaos’.

UKA Chairperson for Communications, Jackson Silabwe, said Mutti´s continued wanton breach of the constitution made her a threat to the very core legislative justice and discourse.

Silavwe said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday.

He stated that if Mutti´s ‘wanton’ desecration of the constitution was not stopped the country would have nothing but only a shell of democracy left.

“We refer to the matter of her decision to ‘endorse’ one Miles Sampa as the sole candidate for Zambia to the Presidency of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), a decision that has raised dust not only in Zambia but the entire continent,” Silavwe said.

He noted that this was due to the legal encumbrances that surround Sampa’s existence in the Zambian parliament.

Silavwe said in October last year, Sampa, the Matero Constituency Member of Parliament, was first suspended and then later expelled for a myriad of offences.

“These offences are not just on the table of his former ruling party the Patriotic Front (PF), but also in the courts of law in Zambia as well as the very Parliament that Mutti presides over,” he stated.

Silavwe also noted that respected Constitutional lawyer John Sangwa observed that the issue of Sampa, “cannot be adjudicated upon by any other body until the courts act.”

“He was further quoted in a recorded live interview on Radio Phoenix as having said “the Speaker has ´gone rogue´ because you cannot have a matter before the courts of law adjudicated upon by anyone else,” he stated.

Silavwe said Mutti should not be granting the favours she was giving Sampa unless she was perhaps compromised.

He claimed that an urgent injunction was taken out by the aggrieved party, the PF, which Sampa believed he now heads with the blessings of Mutti.

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Silavwe stated that the injunction had not been heard in more than five months, defeating the very purpose of the ´injunction.’

“It is therefore with utter dismay that we have noted Mutti´s decision to not only endorse Sampa, an embattled member of parliament but to also write a letter to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) recommending that he becomes the President of PAP from our Parliament and where he was expelled by his party,” he said.

Silavwe stated that Mutti had ignored court processes challenging her decision to recognise renegade Sampa as President of PF.

He added that in UKA’s view, Mutti was committing a further breach of the constitution by endorsing him to the highest seat in PAP.

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