Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Zambia: President survives impeachement motion

UPDATE: The motion to defeat President Levy Mwanawasa was defeated today.

Zambia's parliament began a debate on Tuesday about whether it should pursue impeachment proceedings against President Levy Mwanawasa on charges of corruption. The president has made fighting corruption his priority since coming to office in 2001 and recently saw former president Chiluba indicted on corruption charges.

Here is an article that would give you a good idea of how the debate went yesterday. My favorite exchange:
"Your Mwanawasa is stinking corrupt. He is the biggest nichekeleko," said Sibetta [opposition member] before the Speaker of the National Assembly Amusaa Mwanamwambwa [who] interrupted to remind him that the word "stinking" was unparliamentary.

.... "Mwanawasa likes this word but I will replace it with smelling," said Sibetta ...

"Smelling is the same word as stinking find another word," ordered the Speaker.
President Mwanawasa will probably survive this latest challenge ... but it does come at a bad time. Government workers went on strike on Monday and the country is still in financial trouble.