Valedictory Ceremony Honors Late Former Speaker Amusaa Mwanamwambwa
A solemn valedictory ceremony took place in the chamber of the National Assembly to pay tribute to the late former Speaker of the National Assembly, Amusaa Mwanamwambwa.
The casket, adorned with the Zambian flag, arrived at the National Assembly buildings and entered the chamber at approximately 10:08 hours.
Members of Parliament attended the ceremony, along with dignitaries that included the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Matibini.
The poignant event featured heartfelt tributes from Vice President Mutale Nalumango, Government Whip Stafford Mulusa, and Leader of the Opposition Brian Mundubile, followed by a valedictory address delivered by the current Speaker of the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti.
Subsequently, a body viewing session was conducted.
In an emotional speech, Speaker Nelly Mutti disclosed her regular consultations with the late Amusaa Mwanamwambwa on parliamentary matters since taking up her position.
“Immediately after my election as Speaker, I paid a courtesy visit to him and continued to seek his counsel on matters concerning the house,” Ms. Mutti revealed.
She praised the late former Speaker for his contributions to parliamentary reforms during his tenure, emphasizing that she often turned to him for guidance even after his retirement.
Ms. Mutti explained that she used her discretion to hold a valedictory service for the late former Speaker, despite the absence of explicit provisions for such services in the National Assembly’s Standing Orders for 2021. She invoked Standing Order 239 to allow the House to conduct the valedictory service, recognizing Amusaa Mwanamwambwa’s distinguished and patriotic service to the nation and the august House.
Vice President Mutale Nalumango expressed her deep respect for the late former Speaker, highlighting the valuable lessons she learned while serving under him as Deputy Speaker. She characterized him as a man of integrity and a consummate professional.
Government Whip Stafford Mulusa acknowledged the fairness with which Mr. Mwanamwambwa treated the UPND when it was in opposition, emphasizing the party’s lasting appreciation for his approach.
Leader of the Opposition, Brian Mundubile, paid tribute to the late former Speaker’s positive impact, both at the local and international levels, acknowledging his significant contributions.