FODEP advises new parliamentarians

Foundation for Democratic Process FODEP says that it is expectant that the next session of the National Assembly will be exemplary and committed to promoting democracy, the rule of law, human rights and development.

FODEP further says that it is hopeful that the next session of the National Assembly will pass progressive laws including bills such as the Access To Information that has been stuck in parliament for a very long time.

This is according to a statement availed to Breeze News by FODEP Executive Director, Chimfwembe Mweenge this morning.

Mr Mweenge says that Members of Parliament should operate above political lines because they play a very critical role in consolidating Zambia’s democracy, human rights, rule of law and development.

He says that Zambians expect MPs to formulate laws that promote democracy, rule of law and development and this process must be inclusive to accommodate the input of citizens and all other stakeholders through the principles of the separation of powers.

FODEP expects further parliamentarians to engage in mature and issue based debates that bring value, dignity and credibility to the house and consider policies that have longer term interests of society.

Mr. Mweenge says that MPs should not force through decisions to satisfy the interests of the few through the arrogance of numbers in the house.

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