MEMBERS OF THE PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT URGED TO CHAMPION THE RATIFICATION OF THE MALABO PROTOCOL TO THE CONSTITUTIVE ACT OF THE AFRICAN UNION RELATING TO THE PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT.

Members of the Pan African Parliament have been urged to champion the ratification of the Malabo Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the Pan African Parliament. Speaking during the official opening of the First Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Pan African Parliament in Kigali, Rwanda, President of the Pan African Parliament, Honourable Roger Nkodo Dang called on the Members to work towards the ratification of the Malabo Protocol in their respective countries and in the member countries of the African Union. The Malabo Protocol is expected to give the Pan African Parliament full legislative authority to make laws for the continent. Currently, the Pan African Parliament is a consultative and advisory organ.

The opening ceremony of the session was graced by the President of the Republic of Rwanda and Chairperson of the African Union, Mr Paul Kagame. In his key note speech, President Kagame urged the Pan African Parliament which is an important body of the African Union to facilitate the speedy ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA); the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons and Goods; and other key pillars of the continent’s Agenda 2063.

The Pan African Parliament has in this session elected Honourable Chief Fortune Charumbira as its Fourth Vice President representing the Southern African Region. The vice presidents representing the other regions were elected during the Sixth Session of the Fourth Parliament held in May, 2018.

The First Session of the Fifth Pan African Parliament will among other issues deliberate on the following:

  • Peace and Security in Africa;
  • Rwanda’s socio-economic transformation;
  • Status of the fight against corruption in reference to the 2018 African Union theme: Winning the fight against Corruption: a sustainable path to Africa’s transformation;
  • African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) country review reports; and the
  • Activity report of the Pan African Parliament;

The session will conclude with the adoption of resolutions and recommendations.

The First Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Pan African Parliament will run from 22nd October to 2nd November, 2018.

The Zambian Parliament is being represented by the following Members of Parliament:

  1. Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa, MP (Delegation Leader).
  2. Hon. Margaret Miti, MP ( First Vice President of the Pan African Parliament Women’s Caucus);
  3. Hon Mutinta C Mazoka, MP; iv.
  4. Hon Anthony C Mumba, MP; and
  5. Hon Maxas B Ng’onga, MP.