Parliament Reconvenes on June 29, 2020
Parliament has again shifted dates for reconvening of the August house for the continuation of the 2020/2021 Budget meeting from Thursday 25th June to Monday 29th June.
Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara made the announcement in a statement released on Wednesday.
Initially the parliamentarians were expected to reconvene on Monday 22 June 2020, a date later shifted June 25, 2020.
On this day the different committees of parliament were expected to present their reports on the findings of their consultative meetings with various stakeholders in their cluster meetings.
The cluster meetings scrutinize budgetary allocations per sectors.
Parliamentary Chief Public Relations Officer Ian Mwenye confirmed the communication in an interview saying the shift aims at giving parliamentarians ample time to complete their electoral related tasks before returning to the house.
“We are aware that almost every parliamentarian was involved in the electoral process in their respective political parties. Meeting on Thursday June 25, 2020 would be an inconvenience to most. So we are giving them enough time to wrap up every task they have to come prepared next week,” says Mwenye.
When they return to the house on Monday next week, parliamentarians will continue deliberating on the 2.2 Trillion kwacha 2020/2021 National Budget which the Minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamvekha presented on 12th June, 2020, and hopefully pass it to start operating on 1 July, 2020.