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Twist in parliamentary crisis as Speaker Mutti is served notice to reverse leadership appointments


Lawyers for former President Edgar Lungu-led Patriotic Front (PF) are demanding that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti, reverse immediately the changes she made to the leadership in Parliament.

Makebi Zulu Advocates claim that the action by the Speaker is extremely malicious as no changes had reportedly been effected to the list of office bearers at the Registrar of Societies.

On Monday, by order of the Lusaka High Court, the Registrar of Societies had released the current status of Office Bearers of the PF.

“Had you been diligent and truthful in the discharge of your duties, you would not have disregarded the communication to you by the PF party, who stated in no uncertain terms that there had been no change of office bearers and that Morgan Ngona was not the Secretary General of the party.” the lawyers said.

The lawyers said their diligent inquiry, by an order of the Court, had reviewed that as of November, 13, 2023, the office bearers had not changed.

They said in view of the information, Mutti’s actions in acknowledging the letter from Ngona were a nullity and should be abandoned forthwith.

During the sitting of Parliament and subsequent communication, Mutti had claimed that she conducted a search at the Registrar of Societies which formed basis of her changes at Parliament.

In light of the official information at the Registrar of Socities, Mutti had been advised to abandon the changes she made and reverse them immediately as they were illegal and malicious.

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The PF lawyers had given Mutti 24hours to do so.

On November, 1, 2023, Mutti replaced leader of opposition in Parliament, Brian Mundubile with Mafinga Member of Parliament, Robert Chabinga, on the pretext that she received a letter of instructions from Ngona.

She also replaced Shiwangandu Member of Parliament, Stephen Kampyongo, as Opposition Whip with Kantanshi Member of Parliament, Anthony Mumba.

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