Parliament to table PF ban of MPs’ meetings in constituencies

Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed concerns at Government’s directives for them to get permit to hold meetings in their constituencies.

Meanwhile Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu has told Keembe MP, Ronnie Shikapwasha to follow procedure and get permit from the Police if he needs to meet with his electorates.

The MPs who include Kaloma MP, Reguest Mutanga, Garry Nkombo for Mazabuka Central and Ronnie  Shikapwasha wondered why they should get permission to engage with their people.

Lieutenant General Shikapwasha raised a question to the Vice President, Guy Scott during the Vice President’s question time as to why the MPs should be subjected to such treatment. Lt. Gen. Shikapwasha was however not given a response as the Speaker intervene saying his office has arranged for a meeting next week to address the problem.

Mkondo Lungu said the meeting which has been called to look at the issue will also include the Ministries of Justice and Home Affairs, the Clerk of the National Assembly and the Whips in Parliament.

The Keembe MP was responded in confidence by Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu to follow the procedure. Edgar Lungu told Shikapwasha in a letter read by Nkombo to call him if he has any difficulties getting the permit.

This prompted Nkombo to raise a point of order on the new rules of MPs but was also ruled out as the issue will be discussed.