Young African Leaders Initiative governance advisor Isaac Mwanza has welcomed the government’s decision to defer Bill number 10 of 2019 in Parliament to a later date to accommodate the views of other stakeholders, particularly the opposition.
Mr Mwanza said the decision had shown that President Edgar Lungu was a listening President as a lot of Parliamentarians were not comfortable debating Bill 10 in Parliament because most of them, especially the opposition, had not adapted to the “new normal” at Parliament.
He said the deferment of the Bill does not mean it has been abandoned as it will be debated at a later stage of Parliament in the current sitting.
Mr Mwanza said the PF only had the current session in which to pass the Bill in Parliament, failure to which, it will never return to Parliament as the rules might not allow.
Minister of Justice Given Lubinda on Thursday deferred the tabling of Bill 10 of 2019 in parliament for second reading to a later date to accommodate the views of the opposition.
The Bill will however be considered on a later date during this meeting of the House.