A valedictory ceremony has been held in the chamber of the National Assembly in honour of the late former Speaker of the National Assembly Amusaa Mwanamwambwa.
The casket, draped in the Zambian flag arrived at the National Assembly buildings and made its way into the chamber at about 10:08 hours, Tuesday.
The ceremony which was attended by Members of Parliament was also attended by dignatries that included former Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Matibini.
The sombre ceremony was characterized by tributes which were delivered by Vice President Mutale Nalumango, Government Whip, Stafford Mulusa, and Leader of opposition, Brian Mundubile, which was followed by a valedictory speech by Speaker of the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti.
Thereafter, body viewing was then conducted.
In an emotional speech, the Speaker disclosed that when she took up her position, she regularly consulted him on Parliamentary matters.
“Immediately I was elected Speaker, I paid a courtesy call on him and continued to consult him from time to time on matters of the house,” she said.
Mutti said even during her tenure as Speaker, she regularly reached out to the late former Speaker of the National Assembly.
She paid tribute to the late former Speaker on Parliamentary reforms.
The Speaker said even after retiring, he rendered guidance whenever called upon by the National Assembly.
She also revealed that she used her discretion to hold a valedictory service for the late former Speaker in honour of his distinguished service to the country.
“Although the National Assembly of Zambia Standing Orders 2021, do not expressively provide for the holding of a valedictory service for a former Speaker or indeed a former Member of Parliament, I invoked the provisions of Standing Order 239 of the National Assembly of Zambia, Standing Orders 2021 to enable the house conduct a valedictory service for the late Hon.Amusaa Mwanamwambwa, former Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia in recognition of his distinguished and patriotic service rendered to this August house and the nation at large,” she said.
Vice President Mutale Nalumango, said
she learnt a lot from the late former Speaker when she served as Deputy Speaker.
Nalumango described the late former Speaker as a man of integrity who was a great professional
“To me and probably many others, Hon. Mwanamwambwa was a gentleman with personal, professional and exceptional qualities is which enabled him to execute his role as presiding officer exceptionally well,” she said.
Government Whip, Stafford Mulusa, said the UPND would never forget Mwanamwambwa for dealing with the party, then in opposition, with fairness.
Meanwhile leader of the Opposition, Brian Mundubile, paid tribute to the late former Speaker saying he made a positive impact both locally and at international level.
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