16 February 2013

Zambia: Parley Resumes Sitting Next Tuesday

PARLIAMENT which adjourned sine die on December 12, last year will resume sitting on Tuesday next week.

Among the Bills expected to be introduced is the Bank of Zambia Amendment Bill, National Health Research Bill as well as the Medicine and Allied Substances Bill.

Others are the Higher Education Bill, Teaching Profession Bill and the Millennium Challenge Compact Bill.

During the forthcoming session, the House is also expected to welcome new Members of Parliament (MPs) that would be elected in the two by-elections in Livingstone and Mpongwe set for February 28.

The House which sat for 46 days between September 21 and December 12, last year passed nine bills including the re-denomination of the currency Bill, customs and exercise amendment Bill and the Income Tax amendment Bill.

Other bills passed include the Medical Levy Bill, the Mines and Mineral Development, Property Transfer Tax, Value Added Tax, Zambia Development Agency and appropriation.

The House also considered 309 questions for oral and written answers, one private members motion, two motions to adopt parliamentary select committee reports and 15 ministerial statements to explain Government positions on various matters.

In the last meeting, Wynter Kabimba who was nominated MP and subsequently appointed Justice Minister took oath as well as Stephen Masumba after coming through the Mufumbwe by-election and was appointed North-Western Province Minister.

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