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Times of Zambia

THE National Assembly has written to Katuba member of Parliament (MP), Jonas Shakafuswa, and his Mpulungu counterpart, Lameck Chibombamilimo, notifying them that they have been expelled from their party.

National Assembly media liaison officer, Chikomeni Banda, said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the two were yet to respond to the Speaker, Amussa Mwanamwambwa’s letter.

He said after the MMD wrote informing Mr Mwanamwambwa that Mr Shakafuswa and Mr Chibombamilimo had been expelled from their party, it was now the duty of Parliament to inform the two parliamentarians.

“The two have been notified that their party has expelled them. The Speaker wrote to them last week after he received the letter from the MMD informing him about their expulsion. Ideally, the Speaker has to write to them so that they state their course of action,” Mr Banda said.

Currently, he said, the Speaker was waiting for the reaction from the two parliamentarians who were expelled from the MMD on March 3 by the party’s national executive committee (NEC).

The NEC expelled the two parliamentarians after receiving reports that Mr Shakafuswa and Mr Chibombamilimo had repeatedly and arrogantly made pronouncements and conducted themselves in ways that placed the party in ridicule, contempt and disrepute.

Meanwhile, Mr Mwanamwambwa has urged Zambians to uphold the spirit of peace and harmony to make society more democratic.

Speaking when he launched the commemoration of the Commonwealth Day, Mr Mwanamwambwa, who is Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Zambia branch president, said tenets like peace and harmony, social cohesion, multi-culturalism, commitment to human rights, respect and understanding, freedom, equality and moral values made a society democratic.

Mr Mwanamwambwa said democratic tenets were cardinal as they were in line with the values of the Commonwealth.

He said the Commonwealth worked at instilling such virtues in the young generation, as it believes that the youth were capable of contributing to the development of a particular country. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘The Commonwealth at 60, serving a new generation’.

Mr Mwanamwambwa said the theme was befitting considering that nearly half of the two billion people in the Commonwealth were under 25 years.

He said part of the mandate of the Commonwealth was to serve the new and young generations, adding that was the more reason Parliament invited 18 young people from all the provinces to this year’s commemoration.

“The future of the Commonwealth, therefore, belongs to the young people. A reminder to the young people and the older generation alike is to uphold these values and make our society more democratic,” Mr Mwanamwambwa said.

He said the Commonwealth governments were working with cooperating partners to support the young generations in facilitating the establishment of enterprises, training institutions and access to loans, facilitating academic, professional and vocational education as well as offering scholarships.

Speaking earlier, CPA honorary secretary, Doris Mwinga, said the commemoration was important as it enabled members to share the ideals of the Commonwealth.

Ms Mwinga said as part of the commemorations, the Zambia branch had lined up several activities.

Among them, she said, would be the reading of the Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a visit by the young participants to the Commonwealth Youth Programme, prize presentations to the participants as well as observing the sitting of the House today.