Newly elected Parliamentarians in Zambia at CPA Post Election Seminar as CPA Secretary-General highlights youth participation at CPA Roadshow  

Newly elected Parliamentarians to the 12th National Assembly of Zambia have attended the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Post-Election Seminar, which has taken place in Lusaka, Zambia from 12 to 14 November 2016, hosted by the CPA Zambia Branch. Members of Parliament were elected at the most recent Zambian elections held on 11 August 2016.

The CPA Post-Election Seminar was opened by Rt Hon. Justice Dr Patrick Matibini, SC, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia. Please click here to read the Speaker’s opening address.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan also addressed Members at the opening ceremony and attended the Post-Election Seminar. Please click here to read the CPA Secretary-General’s opening address.

The Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Rt Hon. Justice Dr Patrick Matibini, SC, MP said: “This seminar is very important as the knowledge you (MPs) will gain will contribute immensely to your professional development. It is my hope that at the end of the seminar, your understanding of parliamentary practice and procedure and your roles as Members of Parliament as well as the CPA to which our Parliament is a member, will be enhanced. May I take this opportunity to thank the CPA and all the resource persons for being available and in ensuring that a comprehensive programme is designed. Let me also take this opportunity to thank our cooperating partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Irish Aid for their continued financial support, without which the programme would not be a success.”
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan said: “The CPA Post-Election Seminar in Zambia provides an excellent opportunity for newly elected Members to ask questions about parliamentary practice and procedure and provides Members with a better understanding of the parliamentary system and democratic processes in Commonwealth jurisdictions.

I am delighted to visit the Zambia Branch of the CPA along with a Commonwealth team of experts representing Commonwealth Parliamentarians, staff and academia to share good practice with Zambia’s National Assembly Members on issues such as the importance of Codes of Conduct as a tool to help address the trust deficit in Parliaments; the importance of gender equality in parliament; and the essential role that an effective Committee can play. This peer-to-peer learning and bringing together expertise from across the Commonwealth, goes to the heart of the CPA’s key strength as an Association. In addition, as the CPA completes its 105th year, we are very excited about bringing the new CPA Roadshow to Zambia for the first time - to engage with local students on the values that unite the Commonwealth and to highlight youth participation in the Africa Region.”

The busy CPA Post-Election Seminar programme included sessions for Members on: The Role of Members in Accelerating the SDGs towards the realisation of Universal Health Coverage; The Public Accounts Committee and the Former Auditor-General Role of the Auditor-General in Parliamentary Oversight; Parliamentary Reforms in Zambia; Ethics, Governance and Professional Values for Members of Parliament.

The newly elected Members of the National Assembly of Zambia heard from Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and experts from Zambia as well as from other Commonwealth jurisdictions through the CPA. South African Member of Parliament, Hon. Angela Thoko Didiza, MP, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region presented a session on Women in Parliament; Mr Michael Tatham, Clerk of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly in Australia presented two sessions on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure and on Parliamentary Committees; and Dr Abel Kinyondo from the University of Dar es Salaam, who played an instrumental role in the development of the CPA’s Benchmarks for Codes of Conduct Applying to Parliamentarians who will talk about some key provisions of Codes of Conduct and the important role an effective Code of Conduct can play in enhancing public’s trust in Parliament .

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) held a number of bilateral meetings during his visit to Zambia. The Secretary-General met with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Rt Hon. Justice Dr Patrick Matibini, SC, MCIArb, MP; the Leader of Opposition, Hon. Jack Jacob Mwiimbu, MP; the incoming Regional Representative for the CPA Africa Region on the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Lazarous Bwalya, MP; the Chief Whip, Hon. Richard Musukwa MP; and Mrs Doris Mwinga, Clerk of the National Assembly of Zambia. The Secretary-General of the CPA, Mr Akbar Khan also met with the Deputy British High Commissioner Andrew Hamilton.

While visiting Zambia to attend the CPA Post-Election Seminar, the Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan also delivered a CPA Roadshow for young people. The CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concern about the society in which they live; and to meet local Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out about the work of the CPA. The CPA Roadshow presented to a large group of nearly 500 students and lecturers. In a lively session, students had the opportunity to put their questions on topical political issues to the CPA Secretary-General.

With the Commonwealth’s 52 member countries having a combined population of more than 2 billion, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age, the CPA Roadshows aim to engage with young people and education establishments to promote parliamentary democracy and participation in political life. 

For images of the CPA Post Election Seminar and CPA Roadshow in Zambia please click here.

CPA news story updated 16.11.2016

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