Parliamentarians vote to increase External Loans

On Thursday, 25th June, 2015 an Order was read for resuming the debate of 24th June, 2015 where the Minister of Finance moved a motion and proposed that, in terms of Section 3 of the Loans and Guarantees (Authorization) Act, Chapter 366 of the Laws of Zambia, the House authorize the Minister of Finance to increase, by Statutory Instrument, the amount outstanding at any given time on External Loans from thirty-five billion kwacha to sixty billion kwacha.
The housed subsequently divided and voted as follows
AYES              -    74
NOES              -    41

IPU human rights mission to Malaysia includes Anwar Ibrahim prison visit

Geneva, 29 June 2015
An IPU human rights delegation today (29 June) has begun a three-day mission to Malaysia which includes a prison visit to jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
A three-member IPU team from the Organization’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians will assess the conditions in which Anwar is being held amid concerns that the 67-year-old is in increasingly frail health. A meeting will also be held with his wife and daughter.   

Ms Moono Lubezhi, MP elected as CPA Zambia Branch Representative

Namwala Member of Parliament, Ms Moono Lubezhi, has been elected as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Zambia Branch Representative.  Ms Lubezhi was unanimously elected at the CPA Zambia Branch Executive Committee meeting held at Parliament Buildings on Thursday, 25th June 2015.

National Assembly of Zambia receives Support from China

The National Assembly of Zambia recently received office equipment from the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China as a friendly gesture. The equipment was officially handed over to the National Assembly, by the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia H.E. Mr. Yang Youming at a special handover ceremony held at Parliament Buildings, on Monday 22nd June, 2015.

A Solidarity trip in Somalia

A delegation of twelve persons, among which parliamentarians, members of civil and youth organisations and officials from the Ministry of Gender and Human Rights including the Minister of Gender and Human Rights H.E. Sahra Ali Samantar, participated in a Solidarity trip to Adado, in the central Galguduud region of Somalia, on 6 June 2015.

Attack on Afghan Parliament an assault on democracy

IPU has strongly condemned a violent assault on the Afghan Parliament by suspected Taliban militants on the day MPs were due to consider the appointment of a new Defence Minister. Read more.

Ministerial Statements

The following Ministerial Statements have so far been presented to the House in the current Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Eleventh National Assembly:

Parliament Joins Hands With NAC in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The Clerk of th National Assembly

The Clerk of the National Assembly, Mrs Doris K Mwiinga, has revealed that National Assembly has partnered with the National AIDS Council (NAC) in the implementation of the SADC protocol on Health. This came to light during a meeting on HIV/AIDS sustainable financing held at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday, 17th June, 2015. 

She explained that through this Protocol, the SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) had set up a desk to work hand in hand with the National AIDS Council to spearhead the fight against HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

Press Release: Managing Public Debt in an uncertain Era

16 June 2015 - Expected volatility in the global economy is one of the many scenarios debt managers and financial experts will consider at a Commonwealth conference to rethink public debt.
The Third Commonwealth Stakeholders’ Conference on Public Debt Management, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the National Treasury of South Africa, will take place in Johannesburg from 17-19 June 2015.