Opposition lawmakers suspended for boycotting Zambian leader’s address

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Speaker of the Zambian parliament on Tuesday suspended lawmakers from the country’s leading opposition party for boycotting an address by President Edgar Lungu.

Speaker Patrick Matibini suspended the 48 out of the 58 lawmakers from the United Party for National Development (UPND) for 30 days during his ruling at the start of new parliamentary sessions.

He said the lawmakers, who have been suspended with immediate effect, will not be allowed to draw any salaries and allowances during their suspension.

The lawmakers were immediately allowed to leave the House.

The opposition lawmakers boycotted Lungu’s address in March this year, the second boycott since the party’s decision not to recognize him as winner of the 2016 general elections.

They first boycotted Lungu official opening parliament in October last year.

The speaker also found the party’s leader Hakainde Hichilema guilty of issuing disparaging remarks against parliament and has since referred the matter to the police and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for prosecution. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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