23 February 2013

Zambia: RB Immunity - Motion to Be Taken to Parley

GOVERNMENT will take a motion to Parliament for removal of former President Rupiah Banda's immunity against prosecution at an appropriate time.

Vice-President Guy Scott assured Parliament that Government would only take the motion to the House for debate in accordance with the law.

"We have not yet decided when to bring this motion on removal of Mr Banda's immunity in Parliament, but when we are ready, we shall bring it on the order paper of the business and people will know," he said

Dr Scott was responding to Patriotic Front (PF) Bangweulu Member of Parliament (MP) Chifita Matafwali during the Vice-President's question time session.

Mr Matafwali asked Dr Scott when Government would take a motion to Parliament on removal of Mr Banda's immunity following pressure mounting from various stakeholders in the country.

Meanwhile, Dr Scott told the House that Government was working on more effective modalities to foster transparency in handling of farming inputs under the Fertiliser Input Support Programme (FISP).

Dr Scott said Government was pursuing stringent measures to ensure the FISP programme was carried out efficiently in the country according to people's expectations.

This was in response to MMD Kasenengwa MP Victoria Kalima who wanted to know what Government was doing to improve delivery of farming inputs under FISP.

UPND Kalabo Central MP Chinga Miyutu asked what Government was doing with the massive production of mangoes in Western Province in view of industrial clusters that then Commerce, Trade and Industry minister

Bob Sichinga assured the House of being developed in all parts of the country.

Dr Scott said in response that the matter would be addressed critically by newly appointed Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Emmanuel Chenda who swapped with Mr Sichinga.

The Vice-President said Government was also keenly upgrading various institutions of education such as Chalimbana to ensure quality education was delivered closer to many communities in the country.

He was responding to PF Kwacha Boniface Mutale who wanted to know Government's progression on current development and construction of some highest learning institutions into universities.

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