By Zamchro Correspondent,
Patriotic Front President, Michael Sata has given speaker of the National Assembly Amusaa Mwanamwambwa a seven day ultimatum in which to declare the seats of 16 expelled party MPs vacant.
Mr. Sata said if the speaker fails to act by January 12th; the opposition party will have no alternative but to seek judicial redress in the high court.
This was revealed to Zamchro correspondents in the capital, Lusaka. Our correspondents were told that there currently is no court order that stops the speaker from declaring the seats vacant following the discharge of the MPs injunction on December, 22.
But Matero MP Faustina Sinyangwe who is among the 16 expelled MPs said there is a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court. She said until the supreme court determines the appeal, the speaker cannot declare the seats vacant.
Mr. Sata however said his party and its lawyers have not been served with any notice of appeal. Most of the MPs have been expelled for defying the party’s directive for them not to take part in the National Constitutional Conference.
Meanwhile, the Zambian Chronicle has also learnt that milling companies in Zambia have slowly started reducing the retail price of the country’s staple food, maize meal. This has been welcome news for all stakeholders.
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