United Party for National Development (UPND) Secretary General Stephen Katuka says it is unconstitutional for the National Assembly to vote on extending the Threatened State of Public Emergency in the absence of the opposition party’s members of parliament. In originating summons filed in the Constitutional Court today, Katuka cited the Attorney General and Speaker as respondents. “That I also verily believe that the decision by the Speaker of the National Assembly to convene National Assembly as aforesaid on the 11th July 2017 was an ill-conceived chicanery scheme calculated to disenfranchise the said UPND members of parliament and their respective constituencies from participating in matters of national importance such as the approval of the precursor for a State of Emergency,” Katuka…...

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