“There is need for close collaboration between the Office of the Speaker and the Whips of the House”, says the Speaker of the National Assembly, Rt. Hon. Justice Patrick Matibini, SC, MP. He stated that the interface between the Office of the Speaker and the House was through the Whips, who ensure party discipline, thereby being pillars when the House is facing challenges in maintaining order in the House.
The Rt. Hon. Justice, Dr. Patrick Matibini SC, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia has pledged to support Hon. Eduardo Joaquim Mulembwe of Mozambique for the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Presidency.
Speaking during a meeting held at Parliament Buildings, on 20th April 2015, the Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia assured Hon. Mulembwe of the support of the National Assembly of Zambia and offered his personal commitment towards his candidature.
The Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Rt. Hon, Justice Dr. Patrick Matibini, SC, MP, has officially announced that Zambia will host the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly on 18th to 23rd March, 2016.
He made this announcement during a press briefing at the Media Center, Parliament Building in Lusaka today.
The Speaker said the event will be an opportunity to show the world what Zambia has to offer in terms of tourism and also products manufactured in Zambia.
He also disclosed that the main venue for the 134th IPU Assembly will be the Mulungushi International Conference Center for which plans for renovations are in place in order to meet international standards.
The Speaker added that most of the materials needed for the renovations will be supplied locally.
Support to the National Assembly of Zambia Project Funded by the European Union
The National Planning and Budgeting Policy enhances the National Assembly’s role in providing scrutiny and oversight of the budget preparation and implementation process. One of the Policy’s key aims is to strengthen and broaden the scrutiny and oversight function of the Legislature through building the capacity of National Assembly staff and Members of Parliament and ensuring that the Legislature uses comprehensive, results-based information to scrutinise the budget.
The National Planning and Budgeting Policy will be implemented through the enactment of the National Planning and Budgeting legislation in accordance with Article 118 A of the Constitution.
The European Union’s Support to the National Assembly Project intends to enhance economic governance in Zambia through improved public financial management, strengthened accountability processes and increased management for results.
A key element of the Project will, therefore, be supporting the creation of a Parliamentary Budget Office, which the National Assembly considers to be the appropriate organisational arrangement to host professionals and technical specialists that will support the National Assembly Committee system.
IPU missions to push for solutions on abuses of MPs human rights
Hanoi, 1st April 2015
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will be carrying out human rights missions to the Maldives, Malaysia and Mongolia in the coming months in a series of decisions adopted on the closing day of its 132nd Assembly in Hanoi. The Organization is deeply concerned by the serious and repeated death threats allegedly made against opposition MPs in the Maldives since last year, as well as the increasing political polarization and heightened tensions in the country since the arrest, trial and conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed earlier this year.