Nelly Mutti, a prominent Lusaka lawyer, was elected as the first female Speaker of the National Assembly.

Nelly Mutti, a prominent Lusaka lawyer, has been elected as the first woman Speaker of the National Assembly. Mrs. Mutti was proclaimed the legitimately elected Speaker after running unchallenged.

She succeeds another well-known lawyer, Patrick Matibini. Cecilia Mbewe, Clerk of the National Assembly, proclaimed Mrs Mutti as Speaker this morning in the parliament.

Mrs Mbewe, the Returning Officer, appointed former Gwembe lawmaker Attractor Chisangano as First Deputy Speaker, and Luangeni Independent Member of Parliament Moses Moyo as Second Deputy Speaker.

The new Speaker told the house that she was humbled to be granted the opportunity to serve in her new position.

“It is therefore with great humility that I submit myself with the will of the house, I thank you,” she said.

And speaking in Parliament, Vice President Mutale Nalumango congratulated the new Speaker saying she is the most suitable person to take up the role.

Mrs Nalumango expressed confidence that Mrs Mutti will deliver to expected standards. The Vice President further expressed optimism that the Speaker will undertake her work without fear or favour.

She also emphasized the importance of the task that lies ahead for the Speaker, in the new role that she is taking.

“As the custodian of the dignity and privileges of the house, the functions of your office are the same as that of a leader of any organization that is to uphold and defend the integrity of an organization and to uphold its rules and objectives,” Mrs Nalumango said.

Parliament has since adjourned and is expected to reconvene next Friday when President Hakainde Hichilema officially opens the first session of the thirteenth National Assembly.

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