Parliament opens, with relocation of capital city, social security among agenda

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The Zambian National Assembly is set to kickstart its engines today, commencing the Third Session of the Thirteenth Assembly with a keen focus on issues pivotal to the nation’s well-being.

Questions for oral answers, meticulously outlined on the session’s order paper, will serve as a roadmap for ministers to address concerns from various constituencies.

What to watch for includes:
Member of Parliament for Mufumbwe, Elliot Kamondo, brings attention to land ownership, seeking clarity on government measures to streamline the process of acquiring Certificates of Title in rural areas.

This question aligns with the desire for improved land management and accessibility for countless Zambians.

Elias Daka, MP for Msanzala, delves into the reach and inclusivity of the Social Cash Transfer Programme in his constituency.

Daka’s questions explore the program’s effectiveness and potential gaps in coverage, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability.

Francis Kapyanga from Mpika demands details on the government’s electrification plan for specific schools in his region.

This inquiry scrutinizes the government’s commitment to bridging the digital divide and ensuring equitable access to educational resources.

The session will also cover diverse topics, ranging from the rehabilitation of cultural spaces, as seen in Chrizoster Halwiindi’s inquiry about the Venus Theatre Club in Kabwe Central, to potential energy projects, as raised by Milenge MP, Gystave Chonde, regarding a hydro power station at Mumbotuta Falls.

Even the possibility of relocating the capital city will be discussed, as brought up by Lufubu MP, Wesley Kolala.

The proceedings promise to be a comprehensive examination of critical issues shaping the future of Zambia.

By Moses Makwaya

Kalemba February 13, 2024

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