Friday, 19 September 2014

Mangango MP Shocks Parliament With His Military Drills

Liambai Lingweshi
By Paul Shalala

In what could probably be described as the "am not tired" stunt performed in Parliament this morning, newly elected Mangango Member of Parliament Liambai Lingweshi stole the limelight in his maiden appearance at Manda Hill when he performed military drills on the floor of the house.

Mr Lingweshi, who won a heavily contested for by-election last month, started by performing drills to pick his affidavit from Clerk of the National Assembly Doris Mwiinga shortly before he was sworn in by Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini.

After signing the affidavit, the former teacher marched in military style and bowed down before handing over the papers to the Speaker as the whole house burst into laughter.

During campaigns leading to the poll Mr Lingweshi won, several stakeholders mocked the man because of his age saying he was too elderly to go to parliament.

The Mangango lawmaker was among the five new members of parliament sworn in this morning by Dr Matibini.

Others sworn in where Davis Chisopa of Mkushi South, Christabel Ngimbu of Zambezi West, Dawson Kafwaya of Solwezi Central and Victoria Kalima of Kasenengwa.

Vubwi MP-elect Margaret Miti did not show up as she is reportedly nursing her mother in Chipata.

The swearing in ceremonies were done shortly before President Michael Sata officially opened the first meeting of the fourth session of the eleventh National Assembly.

In his wide ranging speech, Mr Sata directed Secretary to the Cabinet Rowland Msiska to ensure that all state owned enterprises list on the Lusaka Stock Exchange.

He also said government is in the process of establishing an Equalisation Fund to help District Councils countrywide improve their service delivery.

On the controversial issue of land, Mr Sata said his government has drafted a bill that seeks to administer customary land.

He revealed that the bill once enacted will protect the interest of rural farmers so that they can utilise their land and benefit economically.

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