Zambia passes state of threatened public emergency motion for 90 days

PARLIAMENT has adopted a motion tabled by Vice President Inonge Wina motion to confirm and extend the declaration of a state of threatened public emergency by President Edgar Lungu, in terms of Article 31(2) and (5) of the Constitution of Zambia.

Parliament has passed to support declaration of a state of threatened public emergency declared President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday, 5th July, 2017 under Statutory Instrument No. 53 of 2017, for a period of 90 days.

Out of 118 Members of Parliament eligible to vote, 85 voted in favor of the motion, while non of them voted against the motion, non of them voted in abstentia, and 34 did not take part.

Members of Parliament from the ruling party supported the motion, in the debate phase.

46 opposition Members of Parliament are suspended for one month for having boycotted President Edgar Lungu’s address to the house.

“The results of the voting are as follows; the ‘I’s 85, the ‘NO’s zero, and abstentions zero. The ‘I’s have it. The question is resolved in the affirmative,” Deputy Speaker Catherine Namugala said.

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Source: Mwebantu

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