It’s Mandatory for MPs to attend the National Dialogue-Tutwa
Written by Fred on April 27, 2019
SERIOUS sanctions will be imposed on Members of Parliament who opted to abscond the National Dialogue Forum, says Forum Legal Practitioner Tutwa Ngulube.
Mr Ngulube told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday, the Members of Parliament who had boycotted the forum would face the wrath of the law.
He said that it was immoral for the lawmakers, who were supposed to be the custodians of Zambian laws, to boycott such an important event.
Mr Ngulube said the forum was an opportunity for the lawmakers to refine the constitution and make it suitable for all the citizenry.
Mr Ngulube said the lawmakers who had deliberately boycotted the national dialogue had committed serious offences.
“Those who were requirement to attend but did not, especially the Members of Parliament, will be dealt with accordingly,” he said.
He said it was mandatory for the parliamentarians to attend the forum. Mr Ngulube said there was a provision in the National Dialogue Act which compelled the parliamentarians who boycotted to resign on moral grounds.
“On this matter it was very clear that the law will follow on those who have stayed away. We are taking note and we have a register,” Mr Ngulube said.
He said that the National Dialogue Act stipulated that a parliamentarian who boycotted the forum, should vacate their seat so that the necessary action could be taken against them.
“People who are elected to make laws should never run away from their responsibilities. When we are in parliament we are national leaders and not opposition political parties,” he said.