IT HAS become evident that the Executive is determined to capture and control the National Assembly of Zambia, says Jack Mwiimbu.
Mwiimbu, who is leader of the opposition in Parliament, stated in a statement yesterday that the Executive had deliberately and with impunity resolved to violate the provisions of Article 217 and 218 of the Constitution of Zambia which create the Parliamentary Service Commission and its inherent power.
“It has become very evident that the Executive is determined to capture and control the National Assembly of Zambia. For ease of reference Article 218 of the Constitution of Zambia is hereby produced and states that: 218 (1) There is established the Parliamentary Service Commission. (2) The Parliamentary Service Commission shall a)Appoint the check of the National Assembly b) Constitute offices in the Parliamentary Service c) Appoint, confirms, promote and hear appeals from offices of the Parliamentary Service; d) Ensure efficient and effective functioning of the National Assembly; e) perform each other functions as prescribed,” Mwiimbu stated.
“It is trite to state that pursuant to the enactment of the Constitution of Zambia (amendment) Act No. 2 of 2016, the Parliament of Zambia enacted the Parliamentary Service Act in the year 2016. To date, the Parliamentary Service Commission has not been actualised by the Executive. The deliberate failure to actualise the Parliamentary Service Commission enables the executive to control Parliament. It has been noted that the current Constitution of Zambia has provided for processes to be complied with for a Bill to become law in this country vide Article 66 of the Constitution of Zambia.”
He stated that it had to be observed that the Executive had breached the provisions of Article 66 of the Constitution of Article 66 of Zambia.
Mwiimbu stated that the National Assembly as custodians of laws of Zambia should abide by the provisions of Article 66 (6) of the Constitution of Zambia by ensuring that the Parliament Service Commission is in place immediately to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and independence of the National Assembly of Zambia.