SPEAKER of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has contended that there is nothing irrational about his decision reprimand 54 UPND members of parliament for boycotting official opening of Parliament last September.

In a High-Court filed affidavit signed by deputy clerk- Administration of the National Assembly of Zambia Cecilia Nsenduluka Mbewe, the Speaker opposed the application for judicial review saying the he is guided by law in making such decisions and that he acted in accordance with the Law.

Mbewe contended that the matter was not fit for investigation because the Speaker or an officer of the National Assembly had exclusive cognizance and jurisdiction in the exercise of any power vested in them by the Constitution.

The MPs are expected to file their reply on May 3 and hearing would resume on May 12 before judge Susan Wanjelani.

The UPND members of parliament in this case applied for leave to commence judicial review proceedings against Speaker Matibini’s decision.