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Title:The role of the Zambian Parliament in controlling administrative actions
Author:Kupalelwa, HenryISNI
Periodical:Zambia Law Journal
Geographic term:Zambia
separation of powers
public administration
Abstract:The Advisory Council and subsequent Legislative Council in Northern Rhodesia stood as the genesis of the National Assembly in independent Zambia. With independence in 1964, Parliament became an independent institution with an obligation to oversee government administration as demanded by the doctrine of checks and balances. Parliament has been a watchdog over government activities through its control of public expenditure and revenue (through a number of committees, such as the Committee of Supply, the Committee of Ways and Means, the Public Accounts Committee, the Committee on Estimates), its scrutiny of presidential appointments to public offices and its control of delegated legislation. It also ensures good policies on the part of the government through parliamentary debates. The author concludes with a number of recommendations which emphasize parliamentary independence, a prerequisite if Parliament is to function as an effective control institution. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]