Dr Matibini is a PF Cadre, not fit to sit in Parliament as Speaker – HH

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Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has come out strong on Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini labelling him as a Patriotic Front cadre not fit to preside over Parliament as Speaker.

 

In an interview where he was reacting on the happenings in the House, Hichilema charged that Dr Matibini was mishandling parliamentary business.

 

“He is basically a disgrace to the people of Zambia because of the way he is managing Parliament. He is short-changing the citizens because that is Parliament that is supposed to be a strong and independent arm of government but it is not because of lack of leadership from Speaker Matibini. Why am I saying so? Dr Matibini is failing to provide leadership in that house. He allows PF MPs to start singing there ‘Lungu ngatalipo’ inside that house. That is unacceptable! That house should not be abused or be used for praise singers for Lungu,” Hichilema said.

 

“That is not the role of Parliament. Parliament is a people’s parliament and not a PF parliament. This is not a one party state under the PF. [Dr] Matibini should not have allowed that nonsense. I call it nonsense consciously. That thing of ‘Lungu ngatalipo’, that’s absolute absurdity and nonsense in that Parliament. It is a reflection of the incapability of the Speaker. This joking and basically laughing around in that house that [Dr] Matibini is doing and no seriousness is unacceptable. That is why he allowed Lungu’s visit to be treated as a political rally platform. You can’t use the Parliament that belongs to 15 million people in that manner.”

 

He said Dr Matibini was gagging independent voices in Parliament as he mostly snapped at opposition members of parliament whenever they tried to question government.

 

“If the question is not clear and an opposition MP tries to seek clarification, he will be protecting the PF MPs in that house. That is not the job of the Speaker. We are very unhappy with the mediocre leadership of [Dr] Matibini in that house. He also likes meting out punishments on opposition MPs, curtailing their freedoms, dishing out punishments like he did to warn MPs for exercising their right not to listen to President Lungu’s empty speech. Even last time, he (President Lungu) went to give an empty speech. He was talking about creating a million jobs. He has no capacity to do that,” Hichilema said.

 

“He goes in Parliament and gives them an empty speech. MPs refuse to listen to him and [Dr] Matibini punishes them? Doesn’t he observe what is going on in South Africa? Doesn’t he see how the South African Parliament is vibrant? He should learn something from there and stop acting like a cadre. He is there protecting PF as if his job is to protect PF, no! His job is to facilitate debate. So, [Dr] Matibini is not fit to sit in that house as Speaker, absolutely not.”

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7 Responses to Dr Matibini is a PF Cadre, not fit to sit in Parliament as Speaker – HH

  1. The speaker is corrupt

    Kambwili
    March 24, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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  2. There is no speaker this time. All are PF cadres. Remember Nabulyato.. Real men hard heart to control the proceedings of the house. Surely he is docile, slow in reading situations and rusted.

    Chale
    March 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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  3. All speakers will be cadres cos All MP’s belong to political parties

    Kajiya
    March 25, 2017 at 12:11 am
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  4. Matibini look at what pf has done to your friend Membe and the post, once they have used you will be dumped like a used condom

    Kenjay
    March 25, 2017 at 2:18 am
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  5. Give me 4 spellings of how you spell corruption in Zambia.
    1. Edgar Lungu;
    2. Mambilima;
    3. Matabini;
    4. Mutati

    Others have names which spell Thug. But this will be for another lesson on public nuisance chaps in Zambian public life!

    Soko
    March 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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  6. i think even him the speaker knows that he was wrong that is why he opted to reserve the ruling on the point of order raised by the reasoning PM’s. mr speaker sir, just do your job and dont be like ECZ officials who are corrupt. how much are you npaid for you be corrupy?

    pure zambian
    March 26, 2017 at 6:11 am
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  7. Matibin is ok but the MPs are making his work complicated. It is embarrassing to see evenhighly educated MPs like Prof Lungwangwa stooping so low as to boycott the address of the person who presides over the taxpayers money he enjoys in form of allowances.

    Don’t tell me about collective obligations. Trump withdrew the health care bill because some of his own law makers did not support it. And no punishment will be mated against them. That’s democracy.

    But for UPND if Kasune the Keembe MP attends a meeting where ECL is invited its kafwafwa. Mukata attends ECLs palay address its a Disciplinary case.

    That’s the problem with party presidents who have never been elected to any publc office. And trying to copy the legendary Satas style

    The Laughing Philosopher
    March 26, 2017 at 11:48 am
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