Friday, 6th March, 2020

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Friday, 6th March, 2020


The House met at 0900 hours


[MR SPEAKER in the Chair]










The Vice-President (Mrs Wina): Mr Speaker, I rise to give the House an indication of the Business it will consider next week.


Sir, on Tuesday, 10th March, 2020, the Business of the House will begin with Questions for Oral Answer. This will be followed by Presentation of Government Bills, if there will be any. After that, the House will consider the Second Reading stage of the National Forensic Bill, 2020. Then the House will commence debate on the Motion of Thanks to His Excellency the President’s Address on the Progress made in the Application of National Values and Principles.


Mr Speaker, on Wednesday, 11th March, 2020, the Business of the House will start with Questions for Oral Answer. This will be followed by consideration of Private Members’ Motion, if there will be any. Thereafter, the House will deal with Presentation of Government Bills, if there will be any. Then the House will continue with the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address.


Sir, on Friday, 13th March, 2020, the Business of the House will start with the Vice-President’s Question Time. This will be followed by Questions for Oral Answer. The House will then deal with Presentation of Government Bills, if there will be any. After that, the House will continue with the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address.


I thank you, Sir.





The Vice-President (Mrs Wina): Mr Speaker, I wish to inform the House that His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, will arrive at 0930 hours to address the House.


I thank you, Mr Speaker.


Business was suspended from 0907 hours until 0952 hours.


The President entered the Assembly Chamber escorted by Mr Speaker.


(Assembly Resumed)

The Clerk read the Proclamation




The President (Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu): Mr Speaker, before I proceed with my address, let me take this opportunity to request hon. Members to stand and join me in observing a minute of silence in honour of the late Member of Parliament for Chilubi Constituency, Hon. Rosario Chailunga Fundanga, who passed away on 20th November, 2019, as well as those of our people who have lost their lives at the hands of mobs following gassing incidents across the country.


Hon. UPND Members: Question!


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Shall we stand.


Hon. Members of Parliament observed a minute of silence. 


The President: May the souls of the departed Member of Parliament and our brothers and sisters rest in eternal peace.




The President: Members of this august House, the people of Chilubi and the nation at large will fondly remember the late Hon. Fundanga for her invaluable contribution to this House, her constituency and the nation at large, may her soul rest in peace.


Mr Speaker, following the passing on of Hon. Fundanga, the people of Chilubi elected a new Member of Parliament on 13th February, 2020. Let me, therefore, welcome Hon. Mulenga Fube, MP, to the House.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: I congratulate him on his election and, in the same vein, wish to commend all those who participated in the Chilubi by-election for exercising their democratic right and enhancing our growing democracy.


Hon. UPND Members: Question!


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, it is more than three months ago since Zambia woke up to a horrible reality that the country was under attack from unknown people who not just inflicted physical harm, but also applied psychological warfare on our people.


Sir, the launch pad was Chingola, but since then, many parts of Zambia have experienced this inhuman phenomenon of gas attacks on our people, often culminating in the loss of lives at the hands of mobs, all acting in the name of ‘community justice’. These combined attacks have triggered irrational mob attacks on suspects, vandalism of public property, death of innocent lives and constant fear among our people in many communities.


Mr Speaker, we have witnessed merciless killings of innocent people not only in Chingola, but also other parts of our motherland, Zambia. We have equally witnessed merciless reactions from citizens after these killings. We have witnessed spraying of chemicals on families, school children and the public in general. We have witnessed repulsive reactions by citizens, including stoning and burning of suspects. We have seen horrifying pictures on social media. We have also witnessed mass hysteria, people reacting violently to rumours of attacks and failing to sleep for fear of the worst.


Mr Speaker, we have lost in excess of fifty lives of people murdered by various mobs across the country. About twenty-four people, or so have survived, either saved by security people or good Samaritans such as traditional or religious leaders. Regrettably, in some cases, my Government is aware that some traditional and church leaders have either directly or indirectly fuelled and instigated these mob attacks.




The President: Mr Speaker, as if that is not enough, in the ensuing confusion, police have also shot people. Some of those who have died in the most unfortunate circumstances include school boys such as Frank Mugala aged only fourteen and Sydney Moonga aged seventeen. The deaths of these two boys and other citizens are incomprehensibly regrettable and my heart goes out to the bereaved families. This is what the enemies achieved in their effort to distabilise our peaceful nation.


Mr Speaker, twenty-six suspects have so far been arrested and investigations are still going on while the security situation has generally improved. It has been observed however, that the enemy has shifted focus to rural areas where now false information is being given to the public with a view to inciting citizens to rise and cause public disorder.


Mr Speaker, let me thank the headmen, headwomen, religious and community leaders, civil servants and individual citizens who have played a major role in rescuing victims that have almost been lynched by mobs. Your Samaritan gesture of citizen patriotism and good neighbourliness is highly commendable. In the same vein, let me strongly warn those headmen and women, religious, civic and all community leaders encouraging mob justice that the law will soon catch up with them.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: The State shall catch up with these enemies of the people and isolate them from the Zambian population. That I say and I promise. It might take a while, but we will get them.


Mr Speaker, at this juncture, I wish to thank the men and women in uniform for their gallant efforts to restore order and peace. Their work is not over. Neither is ours. As Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force and Head of State and Government, I want to promise the people of Zambia that the enemies of our people will be crushed and buried.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Sir, to this effect, I am seriously considering constituting a Commission of Inquiry to get to the bottom of these gassing and mob attacks, and be rest assured that all the culprits will be brought to book regardless of their standing in society.  

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


Hon. UPND Members: Question!


Mr President: The enemy will surely be defeated, without any doubt, and life will return to normal for our people sooner than later.


Mr Speaker, the people of Zambia deserve to live in peace and no amount of blackmail will stop the law from catching up with criminals, whether they are political, religious or mere criminals. Those who are saying one has been arrested because he belongs to a particular political party are wasting their time because we are dealing with criminals here.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Criminality comes in no colour and the law is blind, anyway, as you know.


Mr Speaker, the people of this great nation, Zambia, have through the Constitution mandated the President of the Republic to address this august House, at least, twice in a session of Parliament, the first mandatory address being the Official Opening of Parliament in September and the second being this March address, on the National Values and Principles. This is in accordance with Article 9 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia.


Sir, today, therefore, I am here to address this House and the nation at large on the Progress the country has made in the Application of National Values and Principles which should define who we are as a people.


Mr Speaker, this is the fourth time I am addressing Parliament and the nation on the progress made in the Application of our National Values and Principles. As I undertake this constitutional duty, it should be noted that inculcating national values and principles and building a nation’s character is a long term undertaking requiring concerted efforts by all stakeholders.


Mr Speaker, the country has equally witnessed violence during elections. We need to make a deliberate effort to work with each other for the benefit of our motherland. We have one choice and that only choice is to succeed as one nation, …


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: …but we can only succeed in tackling the challenges we face as a nation if we accept to see ourselves as one Zambia, one nation and one people. Elections should not divide us into perpetual political hostility and warring camps.


Sir, it goes without saying that we cannot improve the lives of our people through political violence. It is disheartening that we continue experiencing violence during elections. It is an abomination that we should even lose lives because of an election. One Zambian life lost is one life too many. No questions about it.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, let me sound a stern warning that enough is enough. I direct all law enforcement agencies to arrest the situation once and for all.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: There should be no sacred cows in administering justice. Similarly, we should have no sacrificial lambs. The law should always take its full course on perpetrators of political violence or mob attacks regardless of one’s political affiliation or any other consideration. Tribalism and hate speech have no place in Zambia.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Politicians, please, stop it!


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


Hon. UPND Members: Luo! Luo!




The President: Mr Speaker, the Government is equally concerned with the escalation of negative sentiments based on narrow sectarian interests. Our country is a nation of seventy-three ethnic groupings. We all have an equal stake in this country.


Hon. Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Therefore, there is no merit in anyone trying to demean other citizens based on tribe so as to gain political mileage. There should be an immediate stop to this negative and divisive trend. Tribalism and hate speech have no place in Zambia.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Once again, I appeal to politicians. Please, let us stop it.


Mr Nkombo: Now we are on one page.


The President: Mr Speaker, let me now restate to the House and the nation the set of national values and principles that we have embraced for ourselves as enshrined in Article 8 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia. These are:


  1. morality and ethics;
  2. patriotism and national unity;
  3. democracy and constitutionalism;
  4. human dignity, equity, social justice, equality and non-discrimination;
  5. good governance and integrity; and
  6. sustainable development.


Mr Speaker, these values and principles influence our attitude, behaviour and conduct as a people. They also contribute to the conscience of the nation and provide a moral compass in the formulation of policy and running of the Government, businesses and, indeed, one’s personal life. The importance of these national values and principles cannot, therefore, be over-emphasised.


Mr Speaker, I will now proceed to highlight the progress we have made as a nation on the application of each of our national values and principles.


Morality and Ethics 


 Mr Speaker, morality and ethics is about what we, as a people, consider to be socially acceptable and desirable. These include hospitality, generosity, and respect for elders, the environment, human life and property. Let me thank the distinguished countrymen and women who are living to defend hard work, generosity, integrity, and respect for human life, elders and public property.


Sir, all Zambians who have said no to mob justice, chemical spraying and disregard for human life, all Zambians who have respect for elders, property, and the environment, I want to salute and thank them for upholding good morals and ethics.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Sir, I would like to call upon the church, traditional leaders, teachers, parents and guardians to fully take up their God-given role of positively guiding and mentoring our children and youth to become responsible citizens who value and uphold hard work, honesty, respect for human life, respect for elders, respect for property and respect for the environment. This involves valuing integrity, hard work, loyalty and honesty.


Mr Speaker, there are, however, vices that are prevalent in our communities such as child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) as well as alcohol and substance abuse which degrade our moral fibre. These vices are detrimental to the health and wellbeing of our society. We must all proactively guard against them.


Mr Speaker, alcohol and substance abuse remains a matter of public concern.




The President: Sir, alcohol and substance abuse is a significant contributing factor to GBV, promiscuity and the spread of the human-immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Alcohol and substance abuse also contribute to road traffic accidents, low productivity and social disorder. Due to abuse of alcohol, we are now seeing more families breaking up and a general decline in moral values. As a country, we must not allow ourselves to lose our moral compass.


Mr Speaker, consequently, my Government will not relent in sensitising the people on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. To this effect, we sensitised 644,940 people in 2019 as compared to 486,104 in 2018 on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse.  This milestone was achieved through public awareness programmes carried out in institutions of learning, workplaces and community-based structures.


Sir, in addition, my Government is providing counselling and rehabilitation to drug dependent persons. For example, in 2019 the Government supported 797 clients compared to 757 clients in the year 2018. Further, 471 cases involving learners in institutions of learning were handled as compared to 367 in the year 2018.


Mr Speaker, I wish to applaud authorities in those institutions that were able to identify vulnerable learners and facilitated counselling and rehabilitation. The authorities must go further to identify the root causes of delinquency among our learners because we need a drug-free environment in our institutions of learning. I, therefore, call upon parents, communities and the church to take keen interest in the welfare of our children.


Sir, this Government is equally aware of the abuse of drugs among sports men and women. This is why the Government has continued to implement the Anti-doping in Sport Programme in the year 2019. The Government sensitised 3,000 sports men and women comprising 2,000 males and 1,000 females. My Government will continue to conduct anti-doping training and awareness campaigns. This is because we value the role sports play in building character and imparting positive values.


Mr Speaker, developments in information and communication technology (ICT) have transformed our society. It is interesting to see how ICT has enhanced the way we acquire information and knowledge as well as how we are able to reach out to all corners of the world at the touch of a button. As of 30th September, 2019, the country had an estimated 9.1 million active internet users representing an internet penetration rate of 52.2 percent. This is above the continental average of 35.9 percent.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: The digital era has positively and negatively impacted morality and ethics in ways we could hardly have imagined a few years ago. This digital era has rapidly changed the way we conduct our business, politics, education, careers and much more. Our people can easily access useful information that is helpful in their businesses, careers or education. While some of our people use this technology appropriately, it is of concern to my Government that others use it to violate human rights and to commit crime.

Mr Speaker, formulation of stringent laws and enforcement could deter some of our people in the habit of circulating inappropriate materials. Yet again, culprits of these indiscretions cannot be brought to book if the information technology regulator and the police do not coordinate to track them down.


Mr Speaker, I am happy, therefore, to inform the House that the two organs namely, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the police have arrested some criminals so far and some are undergoing trial in our courts of law, but this is not enough. Social media abuse is, in fact, getting worse by the day. Have we not seen pictures of accident victims being splashed on social media when, in fact, the person taking the video should have been helping the victims? Have we not seen pictures of human beings being stoned and burnt lately on social media? The abuse of social media is real and the battle is far from being won.


Sir, in 2019, sensitisation programmes on the appropriate use of social media were conducted in seventy secondary schools covering fifteen districts in the Western and the Copperbelt Provinces. These programmes targeted pupils, members of staff and District Education Boards (DEBs). I am happy that our schools are responding positively to these interventions. 


Mr Speaker, in addition, training of more Zambia police officers in cyber-crime detection and forensic investigation has been undertaken.  I am equally gratified that a number of print media, radio and television stations are now increasingly promoting discussions on these important subjects of social media and cyber-crime. Let us introspect and rethink how we interact with ICT platforms. Let us not abuse great inventions created to improve our lives by using the same for destruction.


Mr Speaker, in line with my Government’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) and the National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage, our vision is to reduce child marriage in 2021 by 40 per cent and to have a Zambia free from child marriage by the year 2030.


Mr Speaker, the incidences of child marriages and teenage pregnancies in the country are of great concern to the Government. It is morally unacceptable to force young girls into early marriages.


Ms Siliya: Hear, hear!


The President: This denies them the right to enjoy their childhood, a healthy life and an uninterrupted education. It is for this reason that we are working with traditional leaders to curb this scourge in their respective chiefdoms. In 2019, the Government sensitised 146 traditional leaders in fourteen districts of the Eastern Province, Central Province and the North-Western Province.


Mr Speaker, the initiative of working with traditional leaders in ending child marriage won the country a gold award for innovative management at the 2019 African Association of Public Administration and Management Round Table Conference in Cairo, Egypt. This accolade must inspire us to work hard and do more in eradicating child marriages.


Mr Speaker, I want to commend our traditional leaders who have taken it upon themselves to withdraw children from marriages and take them back to school.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Notable among them are Chief Madzimawe, Chief Mumena and the late Chief Nyamphande IV of Petauke. We want to see more of such affirmative actions across our chiefdoms. This is a clear demonstration that once our traditional, civic and religious leaders partner with the Government to address social vices, a lot can be achieved.


Mr Speaker, apart from child marriage, our communities are grappling with the problem of teenage pregnancy. To this effect, the Government has continued implementing the adolescent health strategy. In 2019, 1,967 health workers and 3,025 peer educators were trained in adolescent health. Currently, the country has 464 health facilities offering adolescent health services. This is all in a bid to ensure that our teenagers are well informed about reproductive health and the dangers of teenage pregnancy.


Mr Speaker, a number of stakeholders are complementing the Government’s efforts in addressing teenage pregnancy. The Government, therefore, is appreciative of the initiative taken by stakeholders in introducing a website on reproductive health education and sensitisation. This tool is complementing the traditional outreach programmes to raise awareness and prevent the occurrence of teenage pregnancies among our children.


Sir, the increasing number of child defilement cases remains a great concern to the Government. Our sensitisation programmes against this vice have resulted in an increase in the number of cases being reported and dealt with. A total of 2,653 cases of defilement comprising 2,637 girls and sixteen boys were reported throughout the country in 2019 while 2,578 were reported in 2018 of which 2,574 were girls and four were boys. We need to do more to address this challenge. I, therefore, implore our traditional leaders, families, the church, civil society and law enforcement agencies to redouble efforts in protecting our innocent children. Families must desist from the temptation of protecting perpetrators from facing the law. I hope the law can be enforced such that those families who protect perpetrators are also punished severely.


Hon. Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, GBV is a social cultural matter which continues to erode the moral fibre of our society. It is saddening to note that the number of GBV cases reported countrywide increased from 22,073 in 2018 to 25,121 in 2019. The majority of victims were women and girls accounting for 19,720 cases. While we appreciate the efforts being made to report these cases, our collective effort should also be on reducing the incidences of GBV in our communities. Let us inculcate good morals in our children from a tender age. This way, they will grow up to be loving, caring and respectful citizens.


Mr Speaker, to this end, my Government is taking a holistic approach in combating the vice.  This includes sensitisation of the public, prosecution of perpetrators as well as protection and rehabilitation of victims. To facilitate the protection, rehabilitation and legal support to victims of GBV, thirty-two one-stop centres have been established in selected hospitals in all ten provinces.


Sir, we have also continued to establish Fast Track Courts across the country and we now have seven Fast Track Courts with one additional Fast Track Court having been established in Kitwe in 2019. These courts are facilitating the speedy disposal of GBV cases.


Mr Speaker, in my last address on national values and principles, I informed this august House that my Government had put in place measures to bring examination malpractices to an end. I am glad to report to this august House that in 2019, the country recorded malpractice-free examinations.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: I commend teachers, learners, parents and other stakeholders for this achievement. This is no mean achievement and is as it should be. We cannot build a progressive Zambia if the foundation of our children is based on deceit and falsehood.


Ms Katuta: Hear, hear!


The President: Patriotism and National Unity


The President: Mr Speaker, every Zambian has a duty to love this country, defend its interests and work for the unity of the nation regardless of one’s race, tribe, religion or political affiliation. We equally have to build our unity around the motto of ‘One Zambia, One Nation’. This is a heartbeat in fostering political stability, national unity and sustainable development.


Sir, one way of showing love for our country is to care for public assets such as road signs mounted to guide road users and minimise accidents. Love for our country includes love for our animals, which are our national heritage. I bring this issue up as a result of the recent killing of two rhinos by an over-speeding driver, which is common knowledge to all of us. That action was sad and unpatriotic. I am glad that the culprit has been brought to book and hope that others, including ourselves, have learnt a lesson on how best we can protect the animals in those national parks.


Mr Speaker, as President of the Republic of Zambia, in the recent spate of gassing incidents, I found it very shameful, unacceptable and regrettable to see our own people vandalising police stations, schools, market places, hospitals and other public infrastructure. When people vandalised these public assets recently, we did not only undermine our own security and destroyed our much needed infrastructure, but we also denounced the values of patriotism, good citizenship, collective sovereignty and national unity.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: I want to reiterate that we must protect public infrastructure against vandalism. We must take pride in bringing beauty to our homes, workplaces and public places as patriotic Zambians. We must guard mother Zambia jealously.


Mr Speaker, being patriotic means always being positive and speaking good about Zambia both at home and abroad.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: My Government is fully committed to working together with all well meaning patriotic Zambians to market and advertise our beautiful and peaceful country.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, I have observed with concern that some of our local contractors who are awarded contracts have not delivered to the expectation of their clients. I want to see them being more patriotic by ensuring that they deliver quality works on time and within cost. To the foreign contractors, I equally want to see them deliver value for money. This is one area our development partners could help us in upholding and applying patriotism.


Mr Speaker, my Government has continued to implement the ‘Buy Zambian Campaign’, an important aspect of patriotism. To promote ownership and sustainability of this initiative, the Government is supporting the private sector to enhance the market share for Zambian products on the domestic and international markets. To this effect, local products are certified for meeting quality standards and are clearly labelled so with the ‘Proudly Zambian’ logo. These include Trade Kings, Californian Beverage and Zambeef, among others. As at 31st December, 2019, twenty-one companies were registered to use the Proudly Zambian campaign logo.


Sir, the Proudly Zambian logo helps us to easily identify local products in our shops or chain stores. When we support that farmer who grows oranges or vegetables in Chibombo, she will plough back the profits into growing more vegetables and oranges. This inevitably encourages her to employ more people and create more job opportunities. The more of such farmers we have, the more we are likely to attract other players in the value chain, ultimately, our economy will grow.


Mr Speaker, the proudly Zambian campaign is being promoted through sensitisation activities at various shows and fairs in the country and abroad as well as on radio, television and print media. It is exciting to watch all those adverts on our national television that promote Zambian manufactured goods which our people are able to relate to and are happy and willing to buy them. That is buying Proudly Zambian.


Mr Speaker, I urge more of our companies in Zambia to take advantage of this initiative and register to be flag carriers of the Buy Zambian campaign. I also urge our people to support the Government and Zambian businesses by buying local products whose quality is comparable to imported products. Further, all Government institutions are being encouraged to consider buying local products. This will not only promote the growth of our local industry, but also contribute to the economic development of our country.


Mr Speaker, giving the best of ourselves in the service of others is yet another way of demonstrating patriotism.  I am, therefore, encouraged by what I see happening in some of our institutions. For instance, we have been able to localise specialist treatment and build local capacity. Thanks to our dedicated team of medical personnel.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: As a result, we have seen ground-breaking surgeries in kidney transplant, open and closed heart surgery and separation of Siamese twins being conducted by our local medical personnel.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President:  I also salute our crop scientists who are dedicating their time to giving us climate resilient seed varieties. This is contributing towards household and national food security.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Being patriotic means preserving our environment against the threat and impact of climate change. I call upon every Zambian to join me in a patriotic crusade of planting trees as well as engaging in clean and smart energy generation such as solar as opposed to cutting trees and charcoal burning.


Mr Speaker,  as citizens, let us continue developing and nurturing a strong sense of devotion and attachment to our country. We need to develop a deep sense of loyalty to the nation and enduring support in defence of our country without expecting any payback or reward. Let each and every citizen make a conscience decision to put the interest of the nation first before self.


Hon. Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Let us promote hard work, innovation and patriotism among ourselves. It is unfortunate to see some of our own people who want to go against all these good values.


Democracy and Constitutionalism


Mr Speaker, democracy allows everyone to freely and fairly participate in the governance of the country without any form of coercion, intimidation or discrimination.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


 The President: This goes hand in hand with constitutionalism, which is about upholding the rule of law by both the Government and the governed. It is in this spirit that my administration continues implementing legal reforms aimed at addressing emerging issues that hinge on democracy and the rule of law.


Hon. UPND Members: Question!


The President: The emerging issues include the lacunae surrounding some of the fundamental provisions in our Constitution, concerns raised over the Public Order Act and the need to strengthen the electoral process.


Sir, legal reforms are being undertaken following extensive consultations with a view to enhancing the rule of law and the effective participation of our people in the running of the affairs of the nation.


Mr Nkombo: Question!


The President: Mr Speaker, I am glad to report that my administration has made some significant progress in fostering legal reforms in addressing known lacunae. For example, I am pleased to report that many patriotic Zambians and stakeholders have taken interest in reading and assimilating the proposed provisions in the Constitutional Amendment Bill No. 10.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


Mr Nkombo: John Sangwa!


The President: Mr Speaker, I hope everyone will be sangwapo.




Mr Nkombo: Hear, hear!


The President: I am pleased to report that many patriotic Zambians and stakeholders have taken keen interest in reading and assimilating the proposed provisions in the Constitutional Amendment Bill No. 10 and I am saying I hope all of you will be sangwapo.


 Mr Speaker: Mr Speaker, in Bill 10, ...


Mr Livune: Question!


 The President: ... our chiefs and traditional leaders hope to regain their heritage, security and smooth succession.


Hon. PF Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Political players want to see an extension to the period of Presidential petition from 14 days to 30 days.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


 The President: Mr Speaker, in Bill 10, many Zambians want the Christian nation identity to be secured and protected.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: In Bill 10, our women, youth and the differently abled want their own representation in Parliament.


 Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: In Bill 10, the judiciary wants clarity of hierarchy between the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. In Bill 10, our people want enhanced separation of powers. In Bill 10, the Bank of Zambia wants to see its mandate harmonised to regional and global standards. In Bill 10, all of us want to clear and bury all legal lacunae and inconsistencies found in the current Constitution.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, the Health Insurance Act No. 2 of 2018 has made it mandatory for all Zambians to contribute to the scheme and reduce the cost of seeking medical attention. The Public Finance Management Act No. 1 of 2018 has streamlined the management of public finances with more stringent sanctions against culprits.


Mr Speaker, the above are some of the issues that speak to our national values and principles of democracy and constitutionalism as citizens. It is my obligation, your obligation and our obligation as citizens to effectively and together participate in legal reforms to enhance our democracy and progressive constitutionalism. Our legal reform process begins with the supreme law of the land, our Constitution, and all subsequent legislation that govern our nation. Therefore, it is important for all of us to participate in the reform of these. If we choose not to participate, then let us not blame those who do it on our behalf.


Mr Speaker, my Government remains committed to upholding and fostering the key tenets of democracy, including free and fair elections, ...


Hon. UPND Members: Question!


Hon. Pf Members: Hear, hear!


The President: ... free media, citizen participation and representation, multi-party political system, citizen equality, rule of law, ...


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: ... separation of powers, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, political transparency and leadership accountability.


Hon. UPND Members: Question!


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


Mr Nkombo: And Seer 1.


The President: Mr Speaker, one of the threats to our democracy is voter apathy.


Mr Nkombo: Mr Seer 1.


The President: A voter who is a citizen of the country is the running fuel and engine of democracy. When we do not vote, democracy suffers. When democracy suffers, good governance suffers. The recurrence of voter apathy in general elections and significantly in by-elections remains of great concern to the Government and, indeed, all of us, I believe.


For instance, in 2019, in all Parliamentary and local government by-elections, the voter turnout was less than 50 per cent, an indication that most of our citizens do not understand and appreciate the importance of our democratic system.


In this regard, I appeal to learning institutions, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and non-State actors to get to the root cause of voter apathy in the country and devise effective ways of re-energising the sense of civic duty in our people. We need to nurture our democracy.


Mr Speaker, further, I appeal to the media in the country to play an active role in reporting positively information on the importance of voting and democratic values. The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) should also devote more time and resources to sensitise and create public awareness among our people.


Mr Nkombo: There is no money.  


The President: Human dignity, equity, social justice, equality and non-discrimination.


Mr Nkombo: Also fair play.


The President: Mr Speaker, every human being has an inherent right to life and human dignity. We, therefore, need to treat everyone with love and respect regardless of social class, race, gender, nationality, education or religion.


Mr Nkombo: Hear, hear!


The President: This is why my Government is improving access, for example, to electricity, water and sanitation, among others.


Mr Nkombo: Hear, hear!


The President: My Government is also making steady progress in supporting our girl child in the education sector.


Mr Nkombo: Question!

The President: For example, my Government keeps on scoring high under the Girl Education Women Empowerment and Livelihoods (GEWEL) Project. This is being done with support from the World Bank, among others. With the aim of increasing access to the livelihood support for women and access to secondary school education for disadvantaged girls in extremely poor households, the GEWEL Project reached 16,082 beneficiaries in 2018 and increased to 16,584 beneficiaries in 2019. Such are practical Government programmes aimed at fostering human dignity, social justice, equality and non-discrimination among Zambians.


Mr Speaker, as a pro-poor Government, ...


Hon. UPND Members: Question!


The President: ... we are equally paying particular attention to the marginalised sections of our society. As you may be aware, the social cash transfer program aimed at helping to reduce poverty through transfer of money to persons who meet the specified criteria of vulnerability stands out in this case.  By comparison, the individual and household beneficiaries of the social cash transfer initiative in 2018 were 574,663 while in 2019, this increased to 632,327.


Ms Mulenga: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, in all these efforts, my Government is working with religious organisations, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, the donor community and our traditional leaders to promote and improve the dignity and livelihood of our people.


Mr Speaker, to improve the dignity of our people in rural areas, we have made progress in the implementation of the Open Defecation-Free Programme.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: In 2019, the Lundu Chiefdom in Muchinga Province became the latest chiefdom to attain the open defecation-free status. This brings the total number of open defecation-free status chiefdoms to 53 out of 288 chiefdoms in the country. In addition, 60 per cent of the targeted 7.8 million people in 102 selected rural districts now have access to hand washing facilities. Furthermore, 152,808 sewer connections were made to provide adequate sanitation and promote hygiene for close to 1.3 million people in urban areas.


Mr Speaker, to make good on social justice and equity, my Government is increasing access to electricity in rural areas. Eight grid extensions were completed in 2019 resulting in 408 initial connections. Rural households are the primary target for connection to the electricity grid and this is being done at a subsidised fee.


Mr Speaker, further, 16,662 households out of the targeted 22,000 households countrywide have so far been connected to electricity under the Electricity Service Access Project. In addition, we are working on three mini grids and twenty-five grid extension projects across the country that are now at various stages of construction. This is work in progress and we are certain we shall reach our target.


Mr Speaker, in the same vein, in December last year, I personally initiated and consequently commissioned the 32.5 kW solar power station in Chief Chibwika’s area in Mwinilunga District with the aim of helping to change and improve the lives of our people.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: My Government plans to install and support many such initiatives across the country. Today, I am happy to report to this House and the nation that the Off-grid Solar Power Station in Chief Chibwika’s Chiefdom now connects over 300 households, schools as well as a clinic to electricity.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: This is evident testimony to the fact that the Government is committed to improving human dignity and lives of our citizens without leaving anyone behind.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


Mr Samakayi: That is in Mwinilunga.


The President: That is in Mwinilunga, of course, yes.


 Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, to encourage enrolment, attendance and concentration in class, my Government has been implementing the home grown school-feeding programme. The programme provides meals to learners from poor and vulnerable households in selected districts and provinces. As at December 2019, 1,156,760 learners were being fed every day in 3,004 schools covering 39 selected districts.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: The 2019-targeted reach of 1,156,760 is a big improvement in terms of beneficiaries. Evidently, provision of education and feeding support to vulnerable children is an important way of promoting equality, social justice, equity and non-discrimination. Further, 14,395 vulnerable children and adolescents were supported with education bursaries through the Service Efficiency and Effectiveness for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents Initiative. This support is enabling the most vulnerable children in our society to meet their basic needs and prevent them from delinquency.


Mr Speaker, in our resolve to promote inclusive education, the Government is offering education to all, including persons who are differently abled. Currently, there are 215 inclusive schools across the country.  I am happy to note that Zambia has 458 teachers who are competent in sign language and 253 in Braille.


Mr Speaker, to further promote social justice and equity, the Government continues to increase access to information and communication facilities, especially in rural areas. This is being done through the construction of communication towers. The Government would have erected 1,009 towers by the end of 2020. So far, 776 towers have been erected, out of which 655 are functional compared to 338 in 2018.


Hon. Members: Hear, hear!


The President: These towers have improved communication in rural areas and brought the benefits of digital technology to our people. The benefits include mobile telecommunication and financial inclusion through mobile money and internet banking. Further, nine additional radio stations and one television station have been licensed, bringing the total to 142 radio stations and 45 television stations countrywide.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: This has increased access to information for our people. More importantly, plurality of voices in the media means that Zambia’s democracy has been enhanced as the media is a market place of ideas.


Mr Speaker, the Government is committed to enhancing equal access to justice, particularly for vulnerable groups as well as inmates. Following the launch of the national legal aid policy, the Government in 2019 embarked on sensitisation programmes in the Southern Province, Central Province, Copperbelt Province, the North-Western Province and Lusaka Province. During these sensitisation programmes, the general citizenry was also provided with legal aid clinics. These sensitisation programmes will be extended to the remaining provinces.


To promote social justice and equity among the poor, the Government is training, 280 paralegals at different levels. It is also gratifying –


Mr Nkombo: Paralegals?


The President: Yes, paralegals.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: It is hoped that this will help in bringing justice to the people. It is also gratifying to note that in 2019, 9,229 people sought legal aid assistance and were all assisted.


Good Governance and Integrity


Mr Speaker, good governance is necessary to achieving our national goals for sustainable development. We are ensuring citizen’s participation, accountability and transparency in the running of the affairs of the country.


Mr Speaker, we have continued to promote the participation of our people in decision making and the country has witnessed a marked increase in participation in the development coordinating committees by private and other non-State actors. This is important as these platforms provide our people with an opportunity to participate in the development process of this country.


Mr Speaker, to further promote participation of our people at local level, we have enacted the Local Government Act No.2 of 2019. The Act gives effect to the decentralisation of functions, responsibilities and services to be provided at all levels of local government. In addition, the Act provides for the role of traditional leaders in the democratic governance of the country. I am glad to report that the implementation of this Act has commenced and, so far, development committees have been formed and are operational in 1,326 out of the 1,624 wards. 


Mr Speaker, the Government has also tabled the National Planning and Budgeting Bill No. 22 of 2019 before this august House. The Bill aims at providing an integrated national planning and budgeting process. Once enacted into law, the legislation will improve good governance by providing a participatory and decentralised national planning and budgeting process.


Mr Speaker, I can only urge hon. Members of this House, therefore, to support the Bill as it will facilitate and enhance our people’ participation in national development.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, to consolidate good governance and the integrity of our electoral process, there is need to ensure, among others, that all citizens eligible to vote are accorded an opportunity to exercise their democratic right. It is for this reason that this year, the ECZ will conduct the voter registration exercise. I urge all stakeholders in the electoral process to play their respective roles in order for our elections to continue being credible and transparent.


Mr Michelo: Question!


Mr Lusambo: Hear, hear!


The President: I urge all stakeholders in the electoral process to play their respective roles in order for our elections to continue being credible and transparent.


Hon. UPND Members: Question!


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: If you do not play your role then credibility and transparency will not be enhanced. So keep saying ‘question!’. Next year, you will say question.


Mr Speaker, to promote good governance and integrity in the provision of services, the Government has continued to deploy electronic services. The deployment of electronic systems in the Public Service has restricted discretion by officials and increased detection of corruption.


Mr Speaker, I am glad to inform the House and the nation that the Government has developed an integrated digital platform known as the Government Service Bus and Payment Gateway. This platform has been developed with an internet based single-window service for accessing and delivering selected Government services electronically. More of our citizens will be able to access and pay for services using the internet from the comfort of their homes, offices or business premises.


Sir, some of the electronic services that will be launched soon on the Government Service Bus and Payment Gateway include the motor vehicle road worthiness, road tax and carbon emission service, business-name searches and clearance, printout and annual returns and online business registration. Furthermore, payment of ground rent, consideration fees, certificate of title, land surveys and forestry fees and Interpol vehicle clearance will be included on the single window electronic platform. Other services to come on board are hunting and safari park licences, online tax identification registration and declarations, visas and work permits.


Mr Speaker, my Government remains committed to the fight against corruption.


Mr Nkombo: Question!


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: My Government remains committed to the fight against corruption. Under the corruption prevention interventions, we have introduced anti-corruption content in the school curriculum at primary and secondary school levels to instil high integrity values in our young people.


In addition, significant progress has been made to further institutionalise prevention of corruption. In 2019, thirty more integrity committees were established in both public and private sectors bringing the total number to ninety-four. These efforts are practical steps in closing all leaking taps in the management of public funds.


Mr Speaker, with regard to prosecutions, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) secured 17 convictions and recorded seven acquittals during the period under review.


I urge individuals, the public sector as well as non-State actors to continue partnering with the Government in the fight against corruption. We must all hate corruption in order to fight and eradicate it because it is the number one enemy in sustainable development and good governance.


Mr Nkombo: The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC)?


The President: Remember, corruption is a two-way vice which requires concerted effort to curb. Join this Government in fighting corruption. Join us in developing Zambia without living anyone behind.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, I have consistently reminded the media that they play a critical role in promoting democracy and good governance. However, the nation has witnessed the erosion of media ethics by practitioners as well as media owners. The critical role that the media plays as the fourth estate as well as a watchdog of society has been circumvented by financial and political interest. All we hear and read is not editorial content, but propaganda aiming to bolster media owners and political players’ interests. This must stop!


Hon. Opposition Member: Mfwiti mfwiti.


The President: Mr Speaker, I condemn in the strongest terms actions by people abusing the social media platform to victimise, undermine, bully and embarrass those they choose to target.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Country men and women, like I said earlier, there is no integrity in filming accident victims instead of helping them. Neither is there any integrity in filming terminally ill people and sharing to the general public. Despite all this, my Government has allowed the media to operate without interference.

Mr Nkombo: Question!


The President: My hope and prayer is that journalists will soon free themselves from the new form of control by people with money.


Ms Mulenga: Hear, hear!


The President: Sustainable Development


Mr Speaker, my Government has prioritised sustainable development in our quest to achieve socio-economic development and preserve the environment for our needs and the needs of generations to come. This will ensure that our development process guarantees inter-generational equity.


Mr Speaker, we remain mindful of the inter-linkages of the economic, social and environmental pillars. Our aspirations for a decent life for our people through economic development have, therefore, not been at the exclusion of social and environmental sustainability.


Mr Speaker, climate change can impede our sustainable development agenda. That is why it is imperative that we continue to mitigate the effects of climate change.


Mr Nkombo: Hear, hear!


The President: Accordingly, we will continue to support research in agriculture in order to develop more climate resilient seed varieties. Currently, we are promoting the use of conservation farming practices, especially in drought prone areas of our country.


Mr Speaker, I am glad to inform this august House that the number of farmers practising conservation farming stood at 532,000 in 2019 in comparison to 267,000 in 2018. 


Mr Speaker, countrymen and women, my heart bleeds to see the recent calamities facing our people across the country. The people of Kanyama, Chilanga and Luangwa in Lusaka Province; ...


Mr Nkombo: Question!


Mr Lusambo: Hear, hear!


  The President: ... the people of Lumezi, Mambwe, Nyimba, Lusangazi, Petauke and Lundazi in the Eastern Province; the people of Chama, Mafinga, and Kanchibiya …


Dr Malama: Correct!




The President: …in Muchinga Province; the people of Mungwi, Kasama, Kaputa, Chilubi island and Luwingu in the Northern Province; the people of Lunga, Chembe and Milenge in Luapula Province; the people of Chitambo in Central Province; the people of Kitwe and Chililabombwe in the Copperbelt Province; the people of Chavuma and Zambezi in the North- Western Province; the people of Mitete in the Western Province ...


Hon. Members: Hear, hear!


The President: …and the people of Sinazongwe, Gwembe, Chikankata, Mazabuka and Siavonga in the Southern Province of Zambia. All these nationals have been affected by flooding as a result of climate change.


Mr Nkombo: Parliament Motel!


The President: Yes, including Parliament Motel.


Hon. Members: Hear, hear!




The President: These are the consequences of flooding because of climate change. The devastating effects of climate change can cause an economic and social shutdown. For example, recently, the Western Province was cut off from the rest of the country while in many places, pupils and, especially, mothers had no access to food, their schools, health facilities and markets. Furthermore other negative effects of this flooding have caused insecurity among our nationals as dangerous reptiles have been brought into direct contact and conflict with our people in their communities.


Mr Speaker, to ensure we mitigate the effects that climate change is causing to our environment, afforestation and reforestation are key interventions in promoting sustainable use of our forestry resources.


Mr Nkombo: Forest No.27.


Hon. Opposition Member: Hear, hear!


The President: To this effect, 34,650 pine trees and 13,432 fruit trees were planted in the Lake Tanganyika Basin in the Northern Province during the year 2019/2020 rainy season. This initiative is aimed at protecting the ecological integrity of the basin.


Mr Speaker, I commend all the stakeholders who have taken a lead in supporting this developmental milestone of planting trees. I look forward to seeing the fruition of the ‘Plant a Million Trees Initiative’ and many others. Tree planting improves the water holding capacity and the carbon sink in addition to bringing general beauty to our environment.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, they say innovation is a spice of life, but I am told innovations are a spice of development. Innovations not only catalyse the pace of development, but also build the momentum for change. I, therefore, wish to salute the efforts being made in various sectors as we pursue development in a sustainable manner. These efforts include the diversification of our energy sources, developments in ICT applications as well as in medicine and other sciences.


Mr Speaker, for example, last year, a University of Zambia (UNZA) Engineering Researcher, Dr Sam Sichilalu, came up with an innovation to generate fuel from polymer waste such as discarded tyres, plastics and rubber.  This innovation has the potential to contribute significantly to the production of cheaper energy and improve sanitation. In addition, this new energy source could save our forest resource and help mitigate climate change effects. Our women and youth would also have a window of opportunity to provide raw materials to the industry in the form of discarded tyres, plastics and rubber.


Mr Speaker, I encourage the captains of industry to take keen interest in the various innovations being show-cased by our higher learning and research institutions. Zambia would be richer if these innovations were quickly patented and commercialised. I, further, encourage the commerce industry and researchers to tap the potential of existing and new rural innovations such as food preservation, food and nutrition production and prevention of ailments, etc. 


Mr Speaker, we have a duty to safeguard our natural resources. Accordingly, the Government has continued to regulate the utilisation of ground water resources in the country.  So far, 32,000 boreholes and ninety-four drilling companies have been registered. To further guide the public on water utilisation, Cabinet has approved the National Water Supply and Sanitation Policy.


Mr Speaker, in 2019 alone, we constructed 1,454 boreholes countrywide. Further, the Chongwe Water Supply and Sanitation Project and the Kafulafuta Water Supply System Project have reached an advanced stage, currently standing at 90 percent and 55 percent, respectively.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, I also want to encourage my fellow citizens to develop the culture of water harvesting. At household level, a lot of run-off water can be harvested during the rainy season for use in our gardens and other domestic purposes. Communities and local authorities can also pool resources and apply them on constructing small-scale dams.  As the Government, we will continue to work on existing water harvesting projects across the country.


Mr Speaker, Zambia is renowned for its rich wildlife and pristine national parks. This vital resource can easily be lost due to rampant poaching and climate change effects. The Government has, therefore, empowered local communities in villages to manage and preserve the natural wildlife for them to continue receiving economic benefits through tourism.


Mr Speaker, so far, community conservancies have been established in selected Game Management Areas (GMAs) to help conserve our wildlife and build sustainable wildlife-based economies for the affected communities. This initiative will also influence positive and proactive practices of conserving wildlife as well as reducing human/animal conflict. The heightened sense of community ownership inevitably leads to a reduction in poaching.


Mr Speaker, the discovery of gold in the North-Western Province and a number of districts in other parts of the country resulted in an increase in illegal mining activities. It is unfortunate and regrettable to note that the discovery of gold and other precious minerals has currently birthed unlicensed mining, unsafe mining practices where people have been buried alive and criminal activities while scrambling for this precious mineral. In order to safeguard this precious mineral and other natural resources and ensure sustainability in the mining sector, my Government has introduced a number of measures to mitigate illegal mining and its negative effects on our economy.


Mr Speaker, subsequently, the Government has declared gold a strategic resource and established the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mine (ZCCM) Gold Company Limited to spearhead and manage the gold mining value chain in a formal and structured manner. This measure will ensure that we exploit this mineral resource in a sustainable manner and transform our country’s economic fortunes. 

Mr Speaker, indiscriminate disposal of solid waste has continued to be a menace and a public health hazard in our communities. In addition, it impedes our progress in achieving sustainable development.


Mr Speaker, I have observed with concern that the Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy Campaign is yielding very little results. When you look around cities, there is little improvement at reaching the desired objective. Councils are not proactively collecting garbage and cleaning cities. How are councils justifying the receipt of equalisation funds when social services are poorly delivered? Mayors and council secretaries, what are you doing to ensure your towns and cities are clean, green and healthy?


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: And what are you, as citizens, doing at individual level to keep your surroundings clean, green and healthy on a daily basis? The one-day cleaning exercise a month is noted, but is insufficient. All public and private institutions should take this responsibility very seriously and ensure everyone is dedicated to cleaning their surroundings. Further, all community leaders should ensure that households clean their surroundings every day and arrange for appropriate community waste disposal. Councils should be innovative and create a competitive reward system for those households and communities who are adhering to keeping their surroundings clean, green and healthy. I wish to encourage the private sector to join me in supporting this initiative.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: Mr Speaker, I also call upon our people and agencies managing markets and other trading areas to ensure that they put in place effective waste management strategies.  Further, I urge industries, the corporate world and mining companies to ensure that they comply with the law on pollution management and solid waste disposal.


We must begin with our own homes.

Mr Nkombo: Hear, hear!


The President: We must dispose off all our waste in the right manner. We must keep our home environment clean, green and healthy.


Mr Speaker, a healthy population is key to achieving sustainable development. Therefore, the emergence of the coronavirus is not only a public health concern, but also a threat to sustainable development. Zambia being part of the global village is susceptible to the disease. In this regard, the Government has put in place measures to enhance public health security in the country including creating a contingency fund for emergency preparedness, prevention and mitigation. Further, the Zambian missions abroad are monitoring the situation regarding Zambians studying or living in the affected countries. In addition, all our ports of entry are equally on high alert position. 


Mr Speaker, here in Zambia, let us all be alert and adhere to the guidance being provided by health officials such as washing hands regularly, covering your mouth with your elbow or your hand when coughing and seeking medical attention from the nearest health facilities as well as advise as quickly as possible when you feel you have flu like symptoms. These measures apply to other infectious diseases such as Ebola, but the trick is in adhering to the guidance provided by our health officials.




Mr Speaker, national values are a critical ingredient in the development of a prosperous Zambia. I am convinced that adherence to our national values and principles will keep us focused on addressing the needs of our people.


Mr Speaker, it is our duty to invest time, resources and energy in making our national values and principles a defining feature of our country. We must all stand up and live by these values and principles. We owe it to the next generation to inculcate our national values and principles in their lives. National values and principles are the glue that holds us together as a nation. Let our greatness be measured not by our qualifications or wealth, but by the strength of our devotion to our national values and principles.


Mr Speaker, I recall that each time I paid a visit to my village as a young man, then, I was always reminded that the worth of a person was not in the number of chickens, goats or cattle he had.


Dr Malama: Volume!


The President: (Laughs)




The President: I recall that each time I paid a visit to my village as a young man, then, I was always reminded that the worth of a person was not in the number of chickens, goats or cattle one had, but rather the good name he carried.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: By that, they meant the values and principles that one lived by and were examples to others.


Mr Speaker, I also treasure the experiences and lessons I learnt from my extended family on the importance of respect and family. This provided a sense of belonging and security because as a child, I was safe even when my biological parents were not there.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: This value was taught and passed on from the older folks to the younger generation in every part of Zambia. This is the Zambia I knew, the Zambia that I know and the Zambia that I desire to see.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The President: We have, therefore, no excuse, but to live by our national values and principles. It is our duty now to ensure that this wisdom continues to be taught to the younger generation in the spirit and name of ‘One Zambia, One Nation’.


For you and me, Zambia is our only God-given country, our own true nation, our only heritage, and, collectively, our home. Therefore, we have no choice, but to keep Zambia peaceful and beautiful, not only for ourselves today, but also for our children and their children for tomorrow and eternity.


Mr Speaker, may the almighty God bless all of us and our great nation, Zambia.


I thank you.


Hon. Members: Hear, hear!


The President left the Assembly Chamber


Mr Speaker took the Chair







The Vice-President (Mrs Wina): Mr Speaker, I beg to move that at its rising today, the House do adjourn until Tuesday, 10th March, 2020.


Sir, on behalf of the House, and indeed, on my own behalf, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, …


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The Vice-President: …for the speech that he has just delivered ...


Mr Livune: Question!


The Vice-President: …on the Progress made in the Application of National Values and Principles.


Mr Speaker, I have no doubt and the House will agree with me that the President has raised a number of important issues that require serious and careful analysis by all of us.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


The Vice-President: Consequently, I am of the view that the House should rise now so that hon. Members have ample time to study and analyse the speech and reflect on the important issues that His Excellency the President has raised. This will enable the House to make intelligent and constructive contributions during the debate on the Address starting on Tuesday, 10th March, 2020.


Sir, this is a procedural Motion and I request all hon. Members to support it.


Mr Speaker, I beg to move.


Ms Miti (Vubwi): Mr Speaker, ...


Ms Langa: Ema Chairlady aya.


The President: ... allow me to put on record my sincere gratitude for the opportunity accorded to me to speak on the Motion just moved by Her Honour the Vice-President on the occasion of the special Address to Parliament by His Excellency the President, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, on the Progress made in the Application of National Values and Principles.


Mr Speaker, it is necessary that the House adjourns now so that hon. Members have ample time to critically analyse the speech and come back to the House next week fully prepared to debate the various issues contained therein.


Mr Speaker, in this regard, I fully support the Motion and urge all my hon. Colleagues to do the same.


I thank you, Sir.


Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


Ms Mulenga: Ne chifulo nachimilinga.


The Vice-President: I am very grateful to the House for its unanimous support of the Motion.


 I thank you, Mr Speaker.


Question put and agreed to.




Mrs Wina: Mr Speaker, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn.


Question put and agreed to.




The House adjourned at 1134 hours until 1430 hours on Tuesday, 10th March, 2020.