judge patrick matibin has been elected as the new speaker of zambia's national assembly after he scooped the seat with one vote this morning beating the opposition endorsed candidate upnd vice president richard kapita.
meanwhile the house has elected mmd’s lundazi member of parliament mkhondo lungu has the deputy speaker of the national assembly and chasefu fdd member of parliament chifumu banda as the deputy chairperson for the committee of the whole house.
judge matibin polled 78 votes aganst upnd’s vice president richard kapita’s 77votes.judge matibin takes over from amusa mwanamwambwa who has retired and mr. mkondo lungu takes over from mutale nalunmango who was deputy speaker until the dissolution of parliament.
meanwhile president michael sata has sworn in the newly elected speaker of the national assembly judge patrick matibini with his deputy mkhondo lungu.
speaking at the swearing in ceremony in lusaka today president sata thanked the opposition parties for uniting for a good common cause.
he also called for the judicial reforms if justice has to go to the people in the country who need it most.
president sata advised the newly elected leaders to exhibit impartiality in their duties.
he says the success of any governments depends on how vigorous the parliament members and leaders are in their duties.president sata has further observed that the gap between parliament workers and the judiciary is wide and needs to be closed up