Firebrand Rumphi east MP Kamlepo Kalua has become the darling of the media after he succesfully lobbied that the media should cover live parliamentary committee meetings.
Kalua said after the succesful passing of the Access to Information Bill, the media should no longer be controlled and told what to cover in parliamentary committee meetings.
“We are here for the people we present, they must know everything we do for them, we do no have anythin to hide,” he said.
He said allowing the media cover parliament would fit in to the policy of bringing parliament to the people.
Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has since authorised the media to cover live parliamentary committee meetings.
Meanwhile, parliament rises Friday, after a four week meeting.
However, some sections of society have expressed concern that there was laxity in the way the legislators did their job.
Former speaker of the National Assembly Sam Mpasu said high abseteism showed the members of parliament lacked commitment.
At least 83 MPs were absent on Wednesday and 68 on Thursday.
“The National Assembly leadership should take the blame, it did not instil discipline,” said Mpasu who is now the president of New Labour Party.
He said the common disciplinary action is deduction of their K50,000 a day allowance on each day they are absent from the House.
Leader of the House George Thapuwela Chaponda said there are seven bills yet to be passed.
He said on Friday, the legislators will work late, will not rise at 12 noon inorder to tackle some of the bills.
In addition, the next meeting of parliament will be called earlier than scheduled to deal with the outsstanding bills.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :