Speaker Mutti in Court over suspension of 18 Members of Parliament


Speaker Nelly Mutti has been sued at the Lusaka High Court over her decision to suspend 18 Members of Parliament from the House for a period of 30 days.

The 16 Patrotic Front (PF) Members of Parliament and two independents were on November 7, this year suspended for gross misconduct and disrupting business of the House on November 1, 2023.

The 18 had raised issue with the appointment of Robert Chabinga as Leader of the Opposition, replacing Brian Mundubile.

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Chilubi lawmaker, Mulenga Fube has sought leave of the High Court to commence judicial review proceedings against the Speaker’s decision which he described as illegal.

Fube said the Speaker based her decision on unverified information that the list of PF party Office bearers had changed and also on the letter by purported Secretary-General, Morgan Ng’onga.

If granted leave to commence judicial review proceedings, Fube wants the Court to quash the Speaker’s decision as the said MPs were suspended without being afforded sufficient time and facility.

He further alternatively seeks a declaration that the suspension and stoppage of salary of the MPs was procedurally improper, made in bad faith and thus illegal, null and void.

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