Debates- Friday, 18th, September, 2009

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Friday, 18th September, 2009

The House met at 1000 hours

[MR SPEAKER in the Chair]





The following Member took and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance:

Solomon Musonda




Mr Speaker: Hon. Members, I wish to acquaint the House with the fact already sadly known that the House lost one of its Members, Hon. Benny Tetamashimba, Member of Parliament for Solwezi Central Parliamentary Constituency and Minister of Local Government and Housing.

Hon. Tetamashimba died on Saturday, 5th September, 2009 at the University Teaching Hospital and was buried on Wednesday, 9th September, 2009 in Solwezi.

The House was represented by the following eleven Members of Parliament and two members of staff :
(i) Hon. M. D, Lungu, MP, Deputy Chairperson of the Committees of the Whole House and Leader of the delegation:
(ii) Mr M. J. Misapa, MP, 
(iii) Mr S. Chisanga, MP, 
(iv) Mr F. R Tembo, MP, 
(v) Mr S. R. Mwapela, MP, 
(vi) Mr G. Lubinda, MP, 
(vii) Mr Ms J. Kapata, MP, 
(viii) Mr J. M. Beene, MP, 
(ix) Mr E. Kasoko, MP, 
(x) Mr G. Chazangwe, MP; and 
(xi) Mr S. Katuka MP; and

(i) Mr M. M. Mukelabai, Research Officer; and 
(ii) Mr J. Kambulu, Sergeant.

I have already conveyed the sympathies and condolences of this House to the bereaved family.

May I now request all hon. Members to stand in their places and observe a minute of silence in honour of the memory of the late hon. Member of Parliament and Minister of Local Government and Housing.

Members of Parliament stood in silence for one minute.



The Vice-President (Mr Kunda, SC.): Mr Speaker, I beg to inform the House that the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda will be arriving at 1025 hours to declare the causes of his calling Parliament to meet today.

I thank you, Sir.

Business was suspended from 1006 hours until 1036 hours.

His Excellency the President entered the Assembly chamber escorted by Mr Speaker.

(Assembly resumed)

The Clerk read the Proclamation.


His Excellency the President (Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda): Mr Speaker, it is only eight months since I addressed this august House when opening the Third Session of the Tenth National Assembly. The House will note that this period is only eight months as opposed to the traditional twelve months between opening of sessions. The House is aware that among the Bills the House passed in the last session was the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill, which gave effect to the realignment of the Budget Cycle.

Mr Speaker, the change in the National Budget Cycle has brought the opening of Parliament forward from the traditional month of January to September. This gives hon. Members of Parliament an opportunity to complete debating the Budget before the onset of the Government financial year on the 4th of January.

The year 2010 therefore, will go down in our annals as the year in which my administration implemented the change in the Budget Cycle. I am convinced that this change will improve the management of the Budget since implementation of the programmes will, now, begin in January, giving the Government a full year to implement its Budget.

It is my expectation that the nation will rise to the challenge of ensuring that this change is used to overcome the failure to utilise all the funds in the Budget that was experienced in the past.

During my last address to this House, I reflected on 2008 as a year of mixed fortunes. I described it as a difficult year, not only for this nation, but also the rest of the world. This is so because apart from the illness and subsequent demise of our late President Dr Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, SC., the year 2008 witnessed the onset of the global economic crisis.

Today, Zambia’s economy, is showing indications that the worst may be over. The mining sector, the mainstay of our economy, which was under severe constraints, is beginning to recover. This is largely due to the measures my Government introduced in the 2009 Budget and the rise in the copper prices.

Mr Speaker, on the political front, I am delighted to note that our young democracy is being consolidated. In this regard, the separation of powers of the Legislature, the Judiciary and Executive together with the vibrant media and civil society, have provided the necessary checks and balances for democracy to flourish.

Mr Kambwili: Question!

His Excellency the President: As a result, Zambia continues to be a beacon of peace and tranquility.


Mr Speaker, it is sad that the death has, again, robbed this House of two of its Members and the nation of selfless leaders. During the last session, Hon. Nasim-Ul-Gani Hamir, Member of Parliament for Chitambo Constituency, who was also Deputy Minister of Lands, passed away on 8th of May, 2009 in Lusaka.

Since the House adjourned, Hon. Benny Tetamashimba, who was Member of Parliament for Solwezi Central Constituency and Minister of Local Government and Housing, passed away on 5th September, 2009 in Lusaka.

May I now ask the House to be upstanding to observe a minute of silence in their honour.

May the good Lord grant their souls eternal peace and rest.

Members of Parliament stood in silence for one minute.


His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, as a result of the demise of Hon. Hamir, a by-election was held in Chitambo Parliamentary Constituency just before the adjournment of the last session. This election, which was tightly contested, was conducted in a free and fair manner …

Hon. Opposition Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: … and in accordance with our electoral regulations. I wish to congratulate Hon. Dr Solomon Musonda, the newly-elected Member of Parliament for Chitambo, on the victory.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Parliamentary Affairs

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, during the last session, the House dealt with matters that are important for the welfare of our people. Members of this august House, again, debated serious and, at times, delicate issues of national importance in a way which upheld transparency, accountability and democracy.

Mr Speaker, allow me to thank you for the impartial and able manner in which you conducted the business of the House during that session. Let me also congratulate the hon. Madam Deputy Speaker, the hon. Chairperson of Committees of the Whole House and all Chairpersons of Parliamentary Session and Select Committees, on the effective way in which they discharged their duties in this House.

In the same vein, allow me to congratulate the Leader of Government Business in the House, His Honour the Vice-President and Minister of Justice, Hon. George Kunda, SC on the excellent manner in which he handled Government business.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: May I, through you, Sir, commend the Clerk of the National Assembly and her staff for the excellent service they rendered to the House during the Third Session of the Tenth National Assembly.

Mr Speaker, in the last session, though short, the House was able to consider and pass a total of twenty-seven (27) Bills.  In addition to the Bills considered, the House continued to exercise its role and obligation to hold the Government accountable to the nation by debating 365 Parliamentary Questions, three Private Members’ Motion and twenty-three Ministerial Statements.

I wish to commend you, hon. Members, for freely articulating your views with regard to the deliberations in this House. The amendments that were adopted on the Floor of this House demonstrated the constructive and positive manner in which this House scrutinised the Government’s intention and proposals contained in the Bills. This is as it should be. This is what forms the basis of our democratic dispensation, and it is my prayer that this spirit continues to flourish.

Mr Speaker, I wish to commend Parliament for continuing to actively implement the parliamentary reforms programme in an effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness and make it more representative and accessible.

Some of the successes scored under this programme include:

(i) expansion of Parliament Radio coverage to Kasama, Mansa and Solwezi. By the end of 2009, Parliament Radio coverage will have been extended to Mongu and Chipata;

(ii) purchase of fifty (50) motorbikes for constituency offices; and

(iii) construction of constituency offices at Rufunsa, Mwembweshi and Chasefu. Construction of offices is on-going until all the constituencies are covered.

Economic Management

Mr Speaker, 2009 was a test of the resilience of our people and a measure of the effectiveness of the socio-economic policies which the Government is pursuing. The national economy was under pressure as a result of the global economic crisis. It is, however, important to take cognisance of and give credit to the efforts the Government has been making to mitigate the impact of the crisis.

I wish to commend the Zambian people for their patience and support. The impact of the crisis was most felt in the mining sector, with the closure of some mines, scaling down of operations and investments, resulting in job losses in some mines. Manufacturing, agriculture and tourism were also adversely affected, resulting in the reduced domestic revenue. The economy has, also, experienced volatility in the foreign exchange market, slowing implementation of capital projects and high cost of international financing and reduced funding from co-operating partners.

Mr Speaker, to mitigate these effects, the Government intervened by implementing fiscal and monetary measures, including stabilising the price of fuel and food through tax mechanisms. The reduction in revenue collection necessitated the Government to realign resource allocation to infrastructure development in energy, agriculture, tourism as well as in social sectors. Further efforts to attract foreign and domestic investments were scaled up through, among others, the introduction of the new mining fiscal regime.

Mr Speaker, as a result of the measures the Government put in place, our economy is still expected to grow this year, though with a reduced projected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 4.3 per cent. The inflation rate is also expected to drop from 16.6 per cent in 2008 to 10 per cent this year.

The developments in the world financial markets continue to negatively impact our economy. This means that the Government must continue to implement measures to ensure that Zambia positions itself to benefit from the recovery.

Mr Speaker, it is worth noting that contrary to the experience in other countries where banks and other financial institutions collapsed, the overall financial performance and condition of our banking sector remained stable. This performance has been attributed to enhanced supervision by the Bank of Zambia.

Mr Speaker, further, the Government will continue engaging our co-operating partners for increased resource allocation to poverty reduction programmes as contained in the medium-term plans.

To enhance budgetary resource management and financial planning, my Government will bring to Parliament the Budget Bill, which is intended to provide a legal framework to the budgetary and planning process.

Mr Speaker, in the area of debt management, the Government is implementing a Public Debt Management Strategy aimed at managing Government borrowing to maintain it at sustainable levels. A recent debt sustainability analysis indicates that Zambia’s debt is sustainable in the midst of the world economic crunch.

Mr Speaker, my Government conveyed a National Indaba in April this year to discuss the impact of the global economic crisis on the Zambian economy and proposed strategies for coping with the crisis. The Government values the recommendations of the Indaba and is bringing those matters requiring Government approval before Cabinet, while implementing those recommendations that are straightforward.

The recommendations of the Zambia International Business Advisory Council (ZIBAC) held in April, 2009 are, also, being handled in the same manner. I am confident that the 2010 Budget will, further, consolidate measures to cushion the Zambian economy against the effects of the global economic crisis.

Mr Speaker, my Government remains resolute in adhering to medium and long-term development planning instruments. In the medium term, the Fifth National Development Plan, 2006 to 2010, will be succeeded by the Sixth National Development Plan 2011 to 2015, preparation of which has commenced and is expected to be launched in June, 2010. I urge all stakeholders to fully participate in the preparations and implementation of this plan. In the long term, we shall continue to be guided by the National Vision 2030 as a framework for achieving national development goals, in particular wealth creation.{mospagebreak}

Commerce, Trade and Industry

Mr Speaker, on commerce, trade and industry, as stated in my last address to this House, the Government remains committed to reducing the cost of doing business in Zambia in order to provide a conducive investment climate. Factors such as cumbersome licensing procedures and regulatory framework, poor infrastructure and high transport and communication costs which account for the high cost of doing business are being streamlined. To this end, the Government is implementing the Private Sector Development Reform Programme under which priority reform areas are labour laws, business licensing reform and micro, small and medium-size enterprises development.

Mr Speaker, the Private Sector Development Reform Programme to be implemented requires legislative amendments to be effected to the various economic sector legislation. These include agriculture, tourism, commerce, finance, employment and labour and energy. My Government will, as a start, present the following Bills to implement the business licensing reforms:

(i) The Independent Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2009;

(ii) The Mines and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, 2009;

(iii) The Zambia Development Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2009;

(iv) The Gold Trade (Repeal) Bill, 2009; and

(v) The Control of Goods (Repeal) Bill, 2009.

Regarding micro, small and medium-size enterprises, which are a vital component of this programme, a national policy was approved by the Government which aims to unlock the potential of this sector.

Mr Speaker, in my last address to this House, I announced the construction of the Multi- Facility Economic Zones (MFEZs) for both export and domestic-oriented industries. I wish to inform the House that the development of Chambishi MFEZ is progressing well. Ten (10) enterprises have been housed in the zone, creating more new jobs. The number of jobs will increase as the enterprises expand.

By the year 2011, this MFEZ alone is expected to accommodate up to sixty zone enterprises with a projected output volume exceeding US$1.5 billion of which more than US$600 will be exported. The MFEZ being developed near the Lusaka International Airport is a sub-zone to the Chambishi MFEZ. Infrastructure development here is expected to start this year with the construction of access roads.

In addition, the Lusaka South MFEZ is, also, progressing well. It will, also, provide unique opportunities for investments.

Mr Speaker, in this regard, I encourage Zambians to take advantage of the opportunities to be created under this initiative.

Mr Speaker, Zambia hosted the Smart Partnership International Dialogue in 2008, during which a number of joint projects were initiated with foreign investors in the area of tourism, education and technology.

As a follow up to the conference, Zambia has commenced the process of forming a smart partnership national hub that will be a base for networking with other smart partners the world over in joint ventures and to foster national development.

Mr Speaker, Zambia continued to pursue her trade agenda by working with partners within the regional of framework of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). At the last COMESA Heads of State and Government Summit in June, 2009, held in Zimbabwe, the COMESA Customs Union was launched to facilitate trade through the elimination of trade barriers, harmonising trade-related programmes and improving efficiency in the institutional and infrastructure framework.

Mr Speaker, the benefits of this will be a larger market for Zambian goods and services and eventual lowering of production costs. The House may wish to know that Zambia is now eligible to access the adjustment facility after ratifying the COMESA Fund in February, 2009. The facility will address the problems of costs that may arise from regional integration.

The fund also has a window intended to support construction and maintenance of infrastructure and for addressing some of the limited production capacity of member states. In this regard, I wish to call upon all relevant stakeholders to take full advantage of these opportunities.

Mr Speaker, under the African Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA), the governments of Zambia and the United States of America have agreed to establish a technical working group to work out measures that will help expand and diversify trade between the two countries. To be beneficial, this should be taken full advantage of.

Mr Speaker, I recently launched the Millennium Challenge Account, Zambia, a programme being supported by the Government of the United States of America through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to countries that consistently meet the standards in the area of good governance, investing in people and promoting economic freedom. Zambia will have access to substantial grant resources to be applied in projects that will promote economic growth and poverty reduction once it signs the compact.

Mr Speaker, competition and consumer protection are paramount in a developing economy such as ours. Unfortunately, the current legal framework governing this is weak and requires an overall.

To this effect, the Government will be introducing to this august House a Consumer and Competition Bill to strengthen the legal framework.

Skills Development

Mr Speaker, during my January Speech to this House, I emphasised the need for the country to develop the right skills for economic empowerment and poverty reduction. These are essential for the growth of Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs) and the development of the country. Therefore, the Government will continue to build capacity, in general, as well as promote technical education within the framework of the technical education and vocational training. The Government has, thus, completed the major works at Chipata, Solwezi and Mongu Training Institutes while it is rehabilitating workshops, classrooms and hostel blocks at various training institutions across the country. Further, the Government intends to increase capacity to absorb school leavers by expanding existing and building new skills training institutions.


Mr Speaker, inspite of the high prices of fertiliser and petroleum that were faced last year, I am happy to note that Zambia managed to produce enough food to meet its requirements and had surplus to export.

Mr Speaker, following my directive to the Food Reserve Agency to intensify crop marketing, I am happy to inform this august House that the Agency is, now, purchasing maize and other designated food crops across the country. The House may wish to know that the number of satellite depots per district has tripled compared to the last season.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: The increase in satellite depots is intended to give greater access to farmers, especially in remote areas. Funds amounting to K471 billion have been made available for this purpose.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: I wish to urge other players in the market to pay a fair price to the farmers for their produce.

Mr Speaker, the importance of cassava as a food crop is increasing in our country. For the past five years, the country has been producing the equivalent of 1.1 million metric tonnes of cassava flour annually.

The Government will, therefore, encourage cassava production and the development of agro industries to add value to this crop.

Mr Speaker, the Government is concerned about crop levies imposed by councils on produce being transported across district boundaries. Since farmers have difficulties in finding markets for their produce, these levies only serve to complicate the marketing of crops. I have directed the hon. Minister of Local Government and Housing to abolish the levies.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, the Government is aware that a lot of food goes to waste because of poor storage. Therefore, the Government, through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), is rehabilitating silos and storage sheds to ensure the food produced is properly stored for long periods.

Livestock and Fisheries

Mr Speaker, the livestock and fisheries sectors are also essential for food security and business. Performance in these sectors has not been satisfactory. To improve performance by the Government, my Government has created a Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries which was unanimously approved by this House.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: In 2010, the Government will focus on strengthening disease control programmes, through, among others, the creation of disease control zones. The Government will, also, focus on establishing animal breeding centres to produce animals for the restocking programme which is aimed at improving livestock population and quality.

Research and Extension Services

Mr Speaker, the Government will continue to strengthen agricultural research and extension services in the country to improve productivity, especially among the small-scale farmers. To achieve this, 476 motor cycles were bought in 2009 in order to improve mobility of extension staff. Support has, also, been given for the rehabilitation and construction of agricultural infrastructure such as camp houses, farmer training centres and farm training institutes.

Mr Speaker, the development of farming blocks is another programme that the Government is using to fast track agricultural development in Zambia. Progress has been made towards making the Nansanga Farming Block in Serenje operational.

Mr Speaker, provision of inputs to small-scale farmers, through the farm inputs support programme, commonly known as the Fertiliser Support Programme (FSP), is critical to Zambia’s food security. In its current form, the FSP implementation modalities have had weaknesses which prompted a review of the programme. Some adjustments have, thus, been made in its implementation.

Mr Speaker, these include increasing the number of beneficiaries participating in the programme by reducing the size of the input pack …


 His Excellency the President: from the current eight bags of fertiliser and 20 kilograms of maize seed to four bags of fertiliser and 10 kilograms of seed.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: The programme will cover 500,000 small-scale farmers as compared to 250,000 covered last seasons.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: This will improve production efficiency and reduce the amount of fertiliser being sold by beneficiaries.

In addition, the distribution and monitoring mechanisms of the programme will be streamlined through camp agricultural committees in order to improve targeting of beneficiaries. Further, farmers who receive inputs from FSP will, also, be targeted to receive extension services in order to improve their yields.

The House may wish to know that fertiliser for the 2009/2010 season is already in all the districts of our country.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: This early distribution will ensure that farmers get to plant on time.


Mr Speaker, proper management of land is essential to Zambia’s prosperity. It is for this reason that the Government has continued to encourage our people to put land to productive use. Since about 90 per cent of land is customary, the Government is working with traditional leaders to put the land to good use for the benefit of our nation.

Mr Speaker, to facilitate the opening up of more land for development by councils, the Government will continue to provide financial support to the local authority through the Land Development Fund.

Mr Speaker, it is important that councils which have ceased to plan development under their jurisdiction, resulting in the mushrooming of unplanned settlements, fulfill their obligation. I am, therefore, calling upon all planning authorities to fulfill their statutory obligations.

Mr Speaker, it is important that as the country develops, both rural and urban development is conducted in an orderly manner. My Government will, therefore, bring to this House the Urban and Regional Planning Bill whose purpose will be to strengthen the Town and Country Planning Legislative Regime.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, the Government will continue working with neighbouring countries to ensure that all our borders are physically marked and reaffirmed. This is important as it prevents unnecessary boundary disputes. As a start, a stretch of 175 kilometres on the Zambia-Malawi border was physically marked this year. Sensitisation programmes for communities living along the Zambia-Mozambique border, in readiness for reaffirmation of this border, have, also, been carried out.


Mr Speaker, the tourism sector continues to rank high on our development agenda as it holds great potential in the diversification of our economy. In my last address, I stated that the Government will embark on targeted and focused development of priority tourism areas with particular emphasis on the Kasaba Bay and Livingstone areas.

I now wish to inform this House that the preparation of the integrated development plans for Kasaba Bay and the Area Action Plan for Livingstone are nearing completion. The Government will soon embark on promotions aimed at attracting credible local and international investors to these areas.

Mr Speaker, to make Kasaba Bay more attractive for investment, the provision of basic infrastructure is underway. To this effect, the contracts for the construction of the Mbala-Kasaba Bay Road and the Lufubu River Bridge have already been awarded. The Government has, also, awarded the contract for the rehabilitation and extension of the Kasaba Bay Airport runway in order to enable it handle larger aircrafts.

In addition, the Government has, also, embarked on the upgrading of the hydro power station at Lunzua from 0.75 megawatts to 10 megawatts …

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: … and construction of the transmission line to connect Kasaba Bay to the power station.

Mr Speaker, the South Luangwa National Park is another priority area for tourism development. However, poor accessibility to and within the area continues to pose a serious constraint to further development of tourism. The Government, therefore, has this year embarked on rehabilitating the Chipata-Mfuwe Road leading to the national park at a cost of K200 billion.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Tourism conferencing has proved to be more successful in the face of reduced numbers of tourist in-flow. The Government has, therefore, focused on promoting this type of tourism. In addition, the Government is consolidating its position as a tourist destination by intensifying promotions in traditional markets. Further in-roads are being made in attracting tourists from the emerging markets of Russia and Asia, particularly, China, India, Malaysia and Japan.

The Government is working with the private sector in making local tourism packages affordable for Zambians.

Mr Speaker, in view of the importance that the Government attaches to the tourism sector, my Government intends to table before this House the Tourism and Hospitality Bill. The Bill is intended to strengthen the current legal framework in which the tourism sector operates.

Once passed by this House, the Bill is expected to stimulate development in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Environment and Natural Resources

Mr Speaker, the accelerated development programmes which the Government is implementing can harm the environment if not well managed. Combined with the effect of climate change, there is increased potential of harming the environment.

Mr Speaker, the Government, this year, launched the National Policy on Environment that will ensure that socio-economic development is achieved without compromising the quality of the environment. The implementation of this policy, which is a priority, will contribute to the poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Mr Speaker, to deal with the concern of the high rate of deforestation that I acknowledged in my last address to this House, the Government has commenced reviewing the Forest Policy and revising forest legislation. In addition, the Government is looking at innovative ways of stopping deforestation. To this effect, I wish to announce that I have constituted a team of eminent persons to spearhead a tree-planting programme which will be headed by our First Republican President, Dr Kenneth David Kaunda.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, in order to conserve wildlife as a resource for tourism, the Government will bring, before this House, the new Wildlife Bill for consideration.

Water Resources

Mr Speaker, it is regrettable that although water is one of our country’s key natural resources, its potential to contribute to socio-economic development, especially outside the energy sector, is largely unexploited. In agriculture, for instance, the contribution of irrigation to Zambia’s food security is still small. In addition, the majority of our people still have no access to safe and adequate water supply. The Government is determined to address this programme and will revise the National Water Policy. The Government has, in addition, stepped up construction of water storage dams and sinking of boreholes around the country in order to increase access to safe water.


Mr Speaker, the performance of the economy is dependent on stable and sustainable energy. The focus of the Government is to, thus, ensure stability to supply of electricity, petroleum products and promotion of new and renewable sources of energy.

In the electricity sub-sector, the focus of the Government continues to be to increase generation capacity to meet the ever-growing demand. The Government has successfully completed the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Kafue Gorge and Kariba North Bank stations which have added an extra 180 megawatts to the national power output.

Mr Speaker, in view of the high investment required in the generation of electricity, the Government is encouraging the private sector participation in the construction of power generating stations. This is being done through Public-Private Partnership as is the case with the Kafue Lower, Itezhi-tezhi, Lusiwasi, Kalungwishi, Kabompo and Lunzua power stations.

To complement hydro power, the Government is exploring other forms of energy, including solar, wind and bio mass, especially for use in rural areas.

Mr Speaker, the performance of the petroleum sub-sector has been favourable this year. The supply of petroleum products has been steady and reliable. As I alluded to earlier, the Government introduced tax measures to stabilise petroleum prices.

Mr Speaker, progress has, also, been made towards building storage facilities for the strategic fuel reserves with the completion of the 40,000 metric tonnes Tanzania-Zambia Mafuta (TAZAMA) diesel storage tank. This storage space will give our country the ability to store up to thirty days of strategic stock. Further, my Government will rehabilitate provincial storage facilities across the country. This will help stabilise the supply of fuel.

Mines and Minerals Development

Mr Speaker, mining has remained a key sector of the economy with exports of mineral products contributing about 70 per cent of the total foreign exchange earnings. Mining in 2008 contributed 8.4 per cent to the GDP and currently contributes about 58,000 direct jobs to the formal employment sector.

This employment figure is likely to increase as the exploration activities in the expansion plans in existing mines materialise.

Mr Speaker, the mining sector recorded a slow down in the financial year, 2008/2009. Recently, however, the industry has shown signs of recovery.

In terms of copper production, there was an increase of about 276,000 tonnes in the first half of 2008 to 319,000 tonnes for the same period in 2009. In addition, mine operators who intended to close down have, now, reversed their position. The increase in the price of copper on the world market has, also, had a positive impact on the sector with mining companies planning to increase production.

Mr Speaker, another positive development in the sector has been the resumption of operations at Luanshya Copper Mines Plc. and Maamba Collieries Limited. The resumption of operations at Luanshya Copper Mines Plc. follows its acquisition by a strategic equity partner in June, 2009. In addition, the development of the Muliashi Oxide deposits will increase the number of jobs at this mine.

Mr Speaker, investors have, also, shown interest in the Munali Nickel Mine which had been placed under care and maintenance. I wish to inform the House that this mine will soon be reopened.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, Maamba Collieries Limited, which was non-operational for sometime, has, also, resumed operations while Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investments Holdings (ZCCM-IH) is negotiating with a strategy equity partner to buy the mine. Notwithstanding, the mine is still facing operational problems which need to be resolved.

To extend the lives of Nkana and Nchanga mines, work has commenced on resource replacement projects.

Mr Speaker, turning to hydro-exploration, the Government has advertised blocks in Western, North-Western and Eastern provinces for oil and gas exploration, which is expected to start soon. The Government intends to extend gas and oil exploration to the other parts of the country as a way of diversifying the economy.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, my Government will endeavour to promote investments in the small-scale mining sector and the marketing of gemstones, to broaden the tax base and create new jobs. My Government will, also, endeavour to enhance exploration of other minerals, particularly of the industrial ones, for example, manganese in Luapula and North-Western provinces and uranium in the Southern Province.

Windfall Tax

Mr Speaker, the House will recall that in 2008, the Government revoked the mining development agreements and consequently changed the mining fiscal regime by way of amendment to the Mines and Minerals Act. These changes raised concerns among mining companies. In an effort to address these concerns, my Government has commenced negotiations with mining companies with a view to finding a solution.


His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, I wish to inform the House that the negotiations are proceeding well.


His Excellency the President: May I also reiterate the Government’s position that the removal of the Windfall Tax will not lead to a loss of Government revenue as the variable tax still captures any windfall gain that may arise in the mining sector.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!{mospagebreak}


His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, my Government recognises the high cost of infrastructure. To this effect, the Government wishes to encourage private sector participation in infrastructure. To facilitate the implementation of this policy, Parliament enacted the Public-Private Partnership Act during its last sitting. I, therefore, call upon the private sector to join the Government in developing infrastructure.

Mr Speaker, in the road sector, the Government has continued to rehabilitate and maintain roads countrywide. Among the roads under rehabilitation are Zimba/Livingstone, Choma/Chitongo, Kasempa Turn-Off, Kabompo/Chavuma, Kasama/Luwingu, Luansobe/Mpongwe, Chipata/Lundazi, Kasama/Mbala and Chipata/Mfuwe.

Hon. Opposition Members: Bottom Road!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, in addition to the query about the Bottom Road, the Government will, this year, complete the redesigning of the bridges on the Mongu/Kalabo Road in readiness for commencement of works next year.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Further, the Government intends to invite the private sector to join in the development of the Pedicle, Mbala/Nakonde, Senanga/Sesheke and Kasempa/Mumbwa roads.

Mr Speaker, the distribution of the Government construction equipment to all provinces has facilitated the grading of the existing feeder roads …

Hon. Opposition Member: Question!

His Excellency the President: … and opening up of new ones for easy movement of goods and services in rural areas. As a result, feeder road rehabilitation and opening of new roads is currently going on in most parts of the country. The Government will provide additional resources next year to ensure that the feeder road programme is consolidated.

Mr Speaker, the Government is concerned with the decline in the performance of the railway sector. The Railway Systems of Zambia and the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) have continued to experience challenges mainly due to the poor state of railway infrastructure. The Government is engaging with the Railways Systems of Zambia on modalities for the rehabilitation of the railway line. Regarding TAZARA, the governments of Tanzania and Zambia have agreed that the operations of TAZARA be concessioned to a private operator. The Government continues to encourage private sector participation in the construction of feeder rail lines, including the Chipata/Mpika, Nseluka/Mpulungu, Solwez/Chingola, Solwezi/Lumwana/Benguela, Mulobezi/Namibia and Kafue/Lion’s Den.

Mr Speaker, in addition to the infrastructure projects, which I mentioned earlier, others include the rehabilitation of Solwezi Airport.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, my administration is, also, encouraging private sector participation in the provision of telecommunication services and products. The recent enactment of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Legislation will enhance developments in the sector. My Government, in its efforts to expand the telecommunications backbone, has laid an optic fibre network across the country. All the nine provinces have been connected and the second phase to link all districts is now underway.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, following the valuation of assets of the Zambia Telecommunication Company (ZAMTEL), the Government has decided to sell some of the shares of the company. This move will help ZAMTEL to realise its full potential and become competitive.

Mr Speaker, Zambia recently hosted a high level conference on resource mobilisation for the North-South Corridor Project, under the auspices of the COMESA-SADC-East African Community Tripartite Framework. A substantial amount of money was pledged for infrastructure development within the confines of the North-South Corridor which includes Zambia. This regional initiative is important to improve access to the sea for countries such as Zambia which are landlocked.

Social Services

Mr Speaker, the Government is aware of the many challenges encountered in the health and education sectors. Notwithstanding the current economic difficulties, the Government is committed to ensuring that these sectors are given priority in the allocation of resources.


Mr Speaker, in my last address, I stated that efforts would be made to improve health delivery. To this effect, the Government increased budgetary allocation to this sector. In addition, with effect from next year, funds will be disbursed directly to hospitals and district health administrations in order to ensure that these are available at the point of health service delivery.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, the distribution of health and other facilities in this country is still skewed towards urban areas. Over 50 per cent of Zambian families based in rural areas live outside a radius of five kilometers from the nearest health facility as compared to one per cent of families living in urban areas.

To address this situation, the Government is investing in infrastructure development and provision of medical equipment countrywide. This year, construction of fifteen hospitals in various districts is in progress.

Mr Government is, also, constructing health posts, which are smaller than health centres, in areas with catchment populations of 500 households or 3,000 people. The Government has, this year, constructed ten out of the eighteen planned health posts in eight districts.

Mr Speaker, in view of the shortage of static health infrastructure in the country, delivery of health care through mobile health services is necessary. Currently, mobile health services include the Zambia Flying Doctors, eye and dental clinics, counselling and testing clinics and anti-retroviral therapy clinics.

Drawing on the success of the Itezhi-tezhi- District Mobile Services Initiative which received an award from the United Nations for its outstanding performance, the Government is further exploring the feasibility of delivering more mobile health services.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, HIV/AIDS continues to impact negatively on the development of our country. In an effort to address this problem, the Government scaled up provision of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) to 64 per cent of the total number of people in need of such drugs. This programme continues to be encouraged.

Mr Speaker, Zambia has made significant progress in combating malaria, a major killer disease among children. This has been illustrated by the recognition that was given to Zambia by the World Health Organisation for reducing malaria in health facilities by 66 per cent.

Mr Speaker, in order to provide improved quality and affordable cancer treatment, the construction of Phase II of the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka is scheduled to commence before the end of this year. This is meant to improve the facilities, equipment and human resource at this specialised hospital. In addition, my Government is, also, constructing the Lusaka General Hospital at a cost of US$9.4 million at Chainama Hills Hospital.

Mr Speaker, the shortage of staff in the health sector remains one of the Government’s major concerns. The Government continues to improve the conditions of service for staff so as to address this concern. To this extent, the Retention Scheme operating in the health sector has been expanded to cover all health workers throughout the country.

For the hard-to-reach areas, the Government has constructed staff houses, procured solar panels, radio communication equipment and motor bikes for 560 health centres.

Mr Speaker, further, to address the shortage of skilled health workers, a recruitment programme has been initiated to improve the staffing levels in health institutions. The expansion of classrooms and hostels at health training centres has, also, resulted in a 75 per cent increase in the enrolment of students.


Mr Speaker, in an effort to ensure the attainment of the Universal Basic Education Goal and to improve the quality of and access to education, the Government has this year recruited 5,000 more teachers who have since been deployed across the country.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: In addition, my Government is constructing new schools to increase enrolment and reduce the distances covered to the nearest school. By the end of this year, the Government will have completed the construction of 2,543 classroom blocks and delivered 196,428 desks to the various districts in the country.

In addition, my Government is constructing new schools to increase enrolment and reduce the distances covered to the nearest school. By the end of this year, the Government will have completed the construction of 2,543 classroom blocks and delivered 196,428 desks to the various districts in the country. To address the shortage of teacher accommodation, 280 houses are under construction in various parts of the country. This is aimed at improving the conditions of service for teachers and attracting them to work in rural areas.

Mr Speaker, at the tertiary level, upgrading of infrastructure at Nkrumah and Copperbelt Secondary Teachers Colleges to university level has continued. The first university college classes at these institutions will commence immediately after all formalities have been concluded.

Mr Speaker, while the opening up of this sector has seen a number of players who are supplementing Government’s efforts, there is concern with the many illegal and sub-standard learning institutions that have sprung up.

Hon. Opposition Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: My Government, through the Ministry of Education, in its quest to uplift the standards of education in our learning institutions is, therefore, finalising the national qualification and accreditation framework.

The Physically Challenged

Mr Speaker, in our society, there are those who are physically challenged and have special needs. Therefore, my Government aims to create an environment where all these citizens can live full economic and social lives. I am, thus, directing the planning authorities to ensure that public buildings across the country have provisions to accommodate special needs for the physically challenged such as wheelchair rumps, lifts, rest rooms and so on.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: I am also directing the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services to consider developing special training programmes for the physically challenged and to equip them with skills to enable them participate fully in economic activities.

Local Government and Housing

The lack of safe water supply and adequate sanitation facilities in the country remains an area of major concern. Nonetheless, progress has been made in the implementation of the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme which was launched in November, 2007. So far, drilling of water points and rehabilitation of existing ones in the Lusaka, Northern, Luapula and Southern provinces have been completed. This programme will help the country in the provision of safe and adequate water and sanitation services on a sustainable basis.

Mr Speaker, one of the worrying trends in local governance is the trend of increased number of succession disputes in chiefdoms. I would like to appeal to the royal establishments to establish acceptable modes of succession. My Government wishes to make it clear that it will, only, recognise the current registered 286 chiefdoms.

May I emphasise that my Government will not recognise new chiefs. In the same vein, the Government will not allow illegal parallel structures in the chiefdoms to be set up. Regarding chiefdom boundary disputes, the Government’s policy still remains that these shall be resolved using the 1958 Chiefdom Boundary maps.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Disaster Management

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, the management of disasters in the country has been a big challenge in the absence of a legal framework in which to operate. My Government intends to table before this House the Disaster Management Bill. The Bill will seek to provide a legal framework for the marshalling of the resources in times of disasters.

Labour and Employment

Mr Speaker, the labour and employment sector is faced with a number of challenges which include poor observance of workers’ rights by some employers. The House will agree that the need to create more jobs on one hand needs to be balanced with productivity on the other.

Mr Speaker, the Government is concerned with the spate of wild-cat strikes that the nation has experienced in the recent past. I, therefore, urge all parties, the employers, labour leaders and the Government to fully and effectively utilise the tripartite mechanism provided for under the industrial and Labour Relations Act to amicably resolve disputes. This year, the nation experienced strikes by our public workers who were demanding salary increments far above what the Government could realistically afford.

The current Public Wage Bill is more than 50 per cent of domestic revenue. This means that one per cent of the population or 170,000 people consume more than half of our Budget. It is important for hon. Members of this House to reflect on the sustainability of personal emoluments for public sector workers. I must caution that we cannot, as a nation, continue depending on our co-operating partners for our economic development. Our co-operating partners are, also, facing difficult challenges in their countries. As Zambians, we must rely on our own resources to achieve our vision.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: I, therefore, call upon all of us, Ministers, Members of Parliament and civil servants to sacrifice by not demanding unrealistic salaries.


Mr Speaker, following the presentation by our citizens in the Diaspora at the National Indaba held earlier in the year, I have decided to set up a Liaison Office at State House to deal with issues related to the Diaspora.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: In addition, I have directed the hon. Minister of Finance and National Planning to work with the Diaspora to facilitate their participation in growing the economy through investment in projects of their choice.

From the many meetings I have had with the Zambians abroad, I am convinced our people, wherever they may be, are proud Zambians and we should embrace them as they wish to participate in the building of our economy.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Public Service Management

Mr Speaker, the Government has continued to implement the Public Service Reform Programme aimed at strengthening the operations, management capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of the Public Service. A recently introduced component of the reform programme is the establishment of service delivery charters. All ministries and other Public Service institutions are expected to establish charters which constitute social contracts between Public Service institutions and the public. I am delighted to note that a number of ministries and other Public Service institutions, including some ministries and departments, have developed their charters.

Mr Speaker, during my last address to this House, I noted that the Public Service was faced with, among others, the challenge of inadequate remuneration in the face of limited resources. To deal with this, a Public Service Pay Policy has been drafted and will be tabled in Cabinet soon. This policy is an essential input into the recently announced salaries and wages commission’s work of developing a comprehensive framework of the salaries structure in the Public Service.


Mr Speaker, my Government and all of us in this House remain determined to attain gender equity and equality in our country as contained in the Vision 2030 and the National Gender Policy.

Ms Changwe: Hear, hear!


His Excellency the President: You will recall that during the last session, I stated that I would appoint women on merit. I have since appointed a number of women to senior Government positions as testimony to the confidence I have in our womenfolk to take up positions of leadership. I will, therefore, continue appointing more women to positions of leadership.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, you will, also, recall that during the same session, I indicated that considerable progress had been made in developing legislation on gender-based violence. To this effect, the Government has since availed a Draft Bill on this matter to key stakeholders for their input.

Mr Speaker, the Government recognises that there has been progress in gender and development though more work is needed to ensure that gender is systematically mainstreamed in policy and programmes. Consequently, my Government has decided to give the Ministry of Gender and Women-in-Development its own budget allocation in next year’s Budget.

Sport, Youth and Child Development

Mr Speaker, the majority of our population consists of young people. The challenge the Government faces is, therefore, providing social amenities and employment to the youths. In this regard, the Government will enhance the provision of demand-driven skills training opportunities for self-employment. Currently, eight youth resource centres are under construction in six provinces for this purpose. This is in addition to the sixteen existing ones. Under this programme, priority will be given to promotion of entrepreneurship skills and provision of start-up capital.

Mr Speaker, the House will recall that, in my last address, I had reported that the Defence Forces had successfully completed training some youths at the Zambia National Service Training centres. This programme is continuing and more young people stand to benefit therefrom.

Mr Speaker, in the field of sport, I am glad to inform this House that the Government launched the National Sports Policy in May, 2009, whose aim is to increase people’s participation and make sport more inclusive. Following my Government’s undertaking to construct sports facilities, I wish to inform the House that apart from the construction of the Ndola Stadium, which has commenced, the Government intends to construct a new stadium in Lusaka as soon as funds are secured.

Mr Speaker, in considering the resources being made available to the youths, we should include the resources available to youths across the various sectors of the economy such as those under education, health and so on. All these expenditures put together benefit the youths and should be recognised as such.


Mr Speaker, I recently launched the Anti-Corruption Policy as a clear commitment to fighting corruption. Corruption continues to be a major concern to my Government and, indeed, to all development-minded persons and institutions. This is more so, given the recent revelations of mismanagement of public resources in some ministries. Fighting corruption, therefore, remains a top priority of the Government, …

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: … but let me reiterate my position that this fight is not for the Government alone. All of us should join in the fight against corruption.

The recently launched National Anti-Corruption Policy is aimed at addressing several challenges at institutional, social and legal levels. The policy will, among other things, reaffirm the Anti-Corruption Commission’s role as the lead institution in the fight against corruption. The policy will lay emphasis on proactive measures to prevent corruption from occurring. In this respect, I recently announced a number of measures to strengthen the fight against corruption. These include the establishment of a serious Frauds Unit to be positioned under the strengthened Anti-Corruption Committee to specifically investigate complex corruption cases and an independent Financial Intelligence Unit to monitor suspicious financial transactions. In addition, forensic systems shall be developed and procurement audits shall be undertaken in all major spending ministries, provinces and agencies.

Mr Speaker, I wish to reiterate my earlier warning to all public officers, including members of my Government that I will not hesitate to take action against those found wanting.

Mr Speaker, when I addressed the House in January this year, I informed the nation that the Government had inaugurated the National Governing Council (NGC) of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The APRM process is working effectively and is already assisting the Government to enhance democracy and good governance. This fact was attested to by the findings of the country support mission for the APRM which reviewed Zambia’s progress in the implementation of the APRM this year. The Government has reorganised the NGC and reduced membership from 47 to 30 in order to reduce on expenditure and improve efficiency.

Mr Speaker, the Government is committed to the provision of access to justice for all. This House may already be aware that the Legal Aid Board is in the process of establishing offices in all the provincial centres in the country. Eventually, offices will be established in districts as well.

Constitutional Review Process

Mr Speaker, the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) has made progress.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: The Government is committed to ensuring that the Constitution-making process is concluded soon. This is an important exercise which requires the support of every Zambian. However, I am concerned with the slow pace at which the NCC deliberations are going. I wish to inform the House that the twelve months mandate which was given to NCC expired. I have since given the NCC a four months extension in which to complete its deliberations. It is my hope that the men and women sitting on the NCC will sacrifice their time to enable them complete the exercise within this extension.

Hon. Opposition Members: Hear, hear!

Electoral Reforms

Mr Speaker, in my last address to the House, I indicated the Government’s commitment to continuous voter registration. The Government has since disbursed funds to the Electoral Commission of Zambia towards this exercise. My Government is working to ensure that the voters’ register is updated in readiness for the 2011 elections. I direct that a permanent mechanism be established for this exercise, as provided for under the law.


Mr Speaker, my administration recognises the important role the media plays in the development of the country. The Government will, therefore, continue to provide a conducive environment under which the media functions. I wish to recommend those radio and television stations that have conducted themselves in a responsible and ethical manner in performing their duties. It is pleasing to note that while other media organisations have exhibited unethical journalism, the majority have remained professional. I congratulate them.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!{mospagebreak}

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, it is with this in mind that the Government has engaged the media on the need for self-regulation, as I stated in my last address to this House. In order to expedite this process, the Government has invited the media to discuss ways of enhancing self-regulation. Consultations on the Freedom of Information Bill have reached an advanced stage. I am calling upon members of the public to take keen interest in this development so that the proposed law meets their aspirations.

Mr Speaker, in order to increase outreach and diversity of information, the Government has commenced the decentralisation of the print media to all provincial headquarters by procuring printing presses for the provinces. These machines will, also, be accessible to the members of the public.

Mr Speaker, I wish to inform this House that my Government is considering a policy shift with regard to media ownership. My Government is assessing the possibility of considering privatising some of the State-owned media organisations. This decision will help in enhancing competition in the media industry.

Foreign Policy

Mr Speaker, in line with our foreign policy, Zambia remains committed to supporting efforts that will contribute to lasting international peace and security. For this reason, Zambia continues to play an active role in international and regional organizations, including the United Nations, the African Union, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.

The House will recall that Zambia assumed the Chairmanship of the Great Lakes Region at its Third Summit which was held here in Lusaka on 10th August, 2009. During the event, I was privileged to launch the Regional Centre for Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education to be located in Lusaka. The centre has been named in honour of our late President, Dr Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, SC.

Mr Speaker, I wish to inform the House that Zambia was, also, elected as Deputy Chair of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security at the last Ordinary Summit held in Kinshasa this month. This election is an honour for Zambia.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, in view of Zambia’s focus on economic diplomacy, the Government has continued to be an active participant in the South-South and North-South partnership initiatives. As a result of Zambia’s participation at the highest level of these international economic fora, Zambia has attracted increased interest from European and Asian firms wishing to trade with and invest in Zambia.

Mr Speaker, the issue of explosive remains of war (mines and munitions) has been high on the international agenda. Despite Zambia’s internal peace, she has suffered contamination of explosive remnants as a result of the wars in some neighbouring countries. The Government is concerned that some parts of the country are still contaminated. However, I am pleased to inform this House that the Government has completed the nationwide survey to identify contaminated areas. This will enhance the Government’s efforts in sensitisation of our people and clearance of explosive remnants of war. The clearance of affected areas is important as this will enhance the safety of our people and open up areas for development.

Peace and Security

Mr Speaker, the peace we continue to enjoy is partly due to the commendable role that our security institutions play in our nation. Not only have they served with diligence here at home, but they have also done us proud in international peace-keeping missions. I, therefore, salute our men and women in the security wings for the role they continue to play in protecting our nation’s sovereignty.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President: Their work has not only been focused on security, but also contributed to the maintenance of infrastructure and provision of food, especially in times when the nation has been faced with disastrous situations.

Mr Speaker, the Government is aware of the urgent need to look into the welfare of men and women in the security services. I reiterate my assurances that we are working to address their concerns. In this regard, the Government will continue building houses for the security wings. To ease their accommodation shortfalls, a number of these houses will be ready for occupation by the end of this year.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


His Excellency the President: Mr Speaker, to conclude, I wish to remind the nation, through this House, that the global economic situation continues to place challenges on our economy. However, we should all bear in mind that there is no insurmountable problem to a resolute and united people. I, therefore, wish to reiterate my call for all Zambians, regardless of their political affiliation, tribe, race or religious background, to remain united in our fight against the common enemies of poverty, disease, hunger and illiteracy. The nation expects us, as representatives of the people, to work across party lines for the good of the nation.

Next month, the hon. Minister of Finance and National Planning will present the 2010 Budget to this House. Indeed, the Government will make proposals to this House intended to improve the management of our resources for the well being of our people. However, these proposals will come to nothing if they are not supported by this august House. More than ever before, we need to work together for our common purpose. As a Government, we commit ourselves to working with all stakeholders.

Once more, I wish to pay tribute to all Zambians for upholding peace and stability in our nation. I urge all of us to individually and collectively commit ourselves to working towards a prosperous future.

Lastly, Mr Speaker, let me pay tribute to our international co-operating and other partners, for the support they have rendered. Some of our achievements, as a country, would not have been possible if it were not for the support and the warm and fraternal relations which we enjoy at both bilateral and multi-lateral levels. I can only urge our partners to continue with this spirit.

Finally, may I also express my profound appreciation to my Cabinet and Deputy Ministers, Secretary to the Cabinet and his team and my staff at State House for the loyalty and support they have rendered to me from the time I assumed the Office of President. I say, thank you. May God continue with the good work.

Mr Speaker, may God bless Zambia. May God bless our people.

Mr Speaker, I thank you all.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

His Excellency the President left the Assembly Chamber.

Mr Speaker took the Chair.




The Vice-President (Mr G. Kunda, SC.,): Mr Speaker, I beg to move that at its rising today, the House do adjourn until Tuesday, 22nd September, 2009.

Mr Speaker, allow me on behalf of the House and, indeed, on my own behalf to thank most sincerely the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda, for the momentous speech that he has just delivered.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

The Vice-President: Sir, I am sure that hon. Members will join me in congratulating the President on the visionary and thoughtful provoking address. No doubt His Excellency the President has raised a number of very important issues which need to be carefully analysed by all hon. Members of this august House.

Consequently, I am of the view, Mr Speaker, that the House should adjourn now so that hon. Members are allowed sufficient time in which to study and analyse the speech in order to make intelligent and constructive contributions during the debate on the Motion of Thanks which is to begin on Tuesday next week.

Mr Speaker, this Motion is non-controversial and non-partisan but straightforward and I believe all hon. Members will support it.

Mr Speaker, I beg to move.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Mwapela (Kalabo Central): Mr Speaker, kindly permit me to record my gratitude for this opportunity to speak on this Motion moved by His Honour the Vice-President.

Sir, I agree with His Honour the Vice-President that hon. Members need time to study His Excellency’s Speech. This is necessary because some issues that have been raised in the President’s Speech are related to many concerns and problems prevailing in various parliamentary constituencies which hon. Members would like to bring to the attention of the Government.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Mwapela: It is, therefore, imperative that hon. Members are given ample time to carefully study, analyse and digest the critical issues of national importance contained in the address His Excellency the President has just delivered to the House. This will enable us come back and debate the speech more meaningfully next week. I, therefore, fully support the Motion and urge all my colleagues to do the same and take time to study the speech so as to prepare for constructive contributions starting next week Tuesday.

Mr Speaker, I thank you.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


Mr Speaker: Order!

The Vice-President: Mr Speaker, I thank the hon. Members for the overwhelming support.

I thank you, Sir.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!


Question put and agreed to.


The Vice-President: Mr Speaker, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn.

Question put and agreed to.


The House adjourned at 1212 hours until 1430 hours on Tuesday, 22nd September, 2009.