National Dialogue Forum says it has no mandate to punish MP’s who boycotted
The National Dialogue Forum NDF secretary Patrick Chisanga says the forum has no mandate to compel members of parliament to attend or punish those that decide to stay away.
Mr. Chisanga says despite the National Dialogue Act providing for all Members of Parliament to attend the deliberations, the forum has no mandate to compel any member that decides to stay away to attend.
Mr. Chisanga says none, among the leadership of the forum has ever stated that they will punish any member who decided to stay away because the forum has no powers to prosecute or take legal action against any member that stays away.
Mr. Chisanga has since dispelled as false media reports attributed to the Chairperson of the forum Professor Muyunda Mwanalushi that he was threatening imprisonment against those members of parliament who have stayed away from the dialogue forum.
And Mr. Chisanga has described as unfortunate the conduct of Economic and Equity Party president Chilufya Tayali and United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia UPPZ president Charles Chanda during during today’s deliberations.
Mr. Chisanga says the two leader’s conduct could have breached the rules of procedure and therefore, there matter will be referred to the standing committee of the forum for them to be heard before the committee recommends corrective courses of action together with that of Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe.