Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia

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The Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia is a position established under Article 69(1) of the constitution. The Speaker is elected by members of the Assembly from anyone eligible to be elected to the National Assembly, but cannot be a sitting member. [1]



The post of Speaker was first created on 10 November 1948 when the Governor appointed Thomas Spurgeon Page to preside over the Legislative Council following the 1948 general elections. Previously the Governor had also held the position of the President of the Legislative Council. [2]

The Speakers of the Legislative Council were appointed by the Governor. Shortly after independence in 1964, appointed Speaker of the renamed National Assembly Thomas Williams stepped down and was replaced by Wesley Nyirenda, who was the MP for Fort Jameson. Nyrienda remained a constituency MP. After Nyirenda resigned in 1968, Speakers were appointed from outside the National Assembly by a vote of Assembly members.

List of speakers

NameTerm startTerm endRef
Thomas Spurgeon Page 19481956
Thomas Williams 19561964 [3]
Wesley Nyirenda 19641968 [3]
Robinson Nabulyato 19681988 [3]
Fwanyanga Mulikita 19881991 [3]
Robinson Nabulyato 19911998 [3]
Amusaa Mwanamwambwa 19982011 [3]
Patrick Matibini 20112021 [3]
Nelly Mutti 2021Present [4]

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  1. The Speaker National Assembly of Zambia
  2. Ng'ona Mwela Chibesakunda (2001) The Parliament of Zambia, p26
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Ken Ochieng' Opalo (2019) Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies p214
  4. "Zambia : Prominent Lusaka Lawyer Nelly Mutti elected as the first ever woman Speaker of the National Assembly" . Retrieved 2021-09-03.