Speaker Matibini reprimands UPND MPs

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Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini yesterday reprimanded 54 UPND members of parliament and made them to apologise for not attending the official opening of parliament on September 30.

 

And UPND parliamentary whip Garry Nkombo says the opposition party will seek judicial review over the matter.

 

During the official opening of the 12th session of the National Assembly by President Edgar Lungu, the UPND lawmakers walked out of the House, citing continued harassment by state agencies like the Zambia Police Service of their party president Hakainde Hichilema and his Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, muzzling of independent media, among other ills.

 

Kabompo member of parliament Ambrose Lufuma was, however, disjoined from the matter as he was out of the country on parliamentary duty on the material day.

 

Jack Mwiimbu (Monze Central), Douglas Syakalima (Chirundu) and Nkombo were, too, disjoined from the matter as they had not been sworn in on September 30.

 

Making a ruling on the absence of the members of parliament yesterday, Speaker Dr Matibini said while lawmakers had the option of boycotting some parliamentary business in protest, such could not be done on the President.

 

“In considering the punishment to be meted out to the honourable members, the committee took into account the fact that the honourable members were first offenders. In this regard, the committee exercised leniency and resolved that the 54 UPND members of parliament be reprimanded…” Speaker Matibini said, before reproving in detail the opposition lawmakers.

 

“I now order Mr Garry G Nkombo, member of parliament for Mazabuka Central Constituency and UPND whip to stand behind the bar. I also instruct the Sergeant at Arms to take the Speaker’s Mace and go stand behind the honourable member. I further order the rest of the UPND members, save for honourable Jack J. Mwiimbu, honourable Lufuma, Mr Douglas Syakalima, to stand in place at their seats…”

 

Nkombo then proceeded to stand behind the bar to render an apology.

 

“I, Garry Nkombo, the member of parliament for Mazabuka Central parliamentary constituency, on behalf of honourable colleagues, who boycotted the sitting of the State of the Nation Address by His Excellency, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu on 30th September, which action I was a prime mover myself and so, I die with them…” Nkombo said with a distraught tone.

 

“Sir, I carefully reflected on the action by members and agree that it amounted to breach of rules and procedures of this House. In addition, and on their behalf, we have listened very carefully to your wise counsel and wish to assure you that in the future, far or near, we will abide by the rules and procedures of this august House. Mr Speaker, recognising your authority, on their behalf, we apologise. Thank you.”

 

And later in an interview, Nkombo said the party would seek interpretation from the courts on the matter.

 

“I think the way to put it as I put it there (in the House) that we are seeking judicial review on the judgment is premised on the fact that those of us who were exempted from the charge also belong to the same privileges committee that meted out the judgment the Speaker read. We have to see whether or not the committee misguided itself by ignoring the submissions of our lawyers,” explained Nkombo.

 

“We have got the judgment now in its correct form and submitted it to our lawyers and we are seeking a judicial review so that we can get a court interpretation of the way the committee proceeded.”

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3 Responses to Speaker Matibini reprimands UPND MPs

  1. It breaks no bone to do what you are forced to do especially when dictators have more powers than yourself. Freedom will one day come to us but it will be short lived as the dragon is moving faster than we think to bring national Sunday law. Understand the prophecy of Daniel and Revelation. There is no safe ground to stand now in this world apart from being on God’s side for your salvation. Earthly things will continue becoming worse till we see Jesus Christ appearing.

    Mainza
    December 23, 2016 at 10:36 am
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  2. A forced apology is no apology. Matibini is abusing Parliamentary procedures to humiliate and force UPND MPs to recognise Lungu when they so not wanr to. Matibini must know that Respect and Recognition are earned and not imposed or demanded. Matibini is violating the Rights of these MPs to protest and boycott electoral injustices.Why should the MPs be punished for refusing to associate with the Chief Rigger of Elections? Until the UPND Petition is heard and disposed off the UPND MPs will not attend functions presided over by the illegal and illegitimate Lungu.Matibini and Lungu are birds of the same feathers. They are borh lawless and have no respect for the Zambian Constitution which they swore to serve without fear or favour and prejudice.They are breaking laws with impunity. Matibini broke the law when he failed to serve as Acting President when the Petition was being heard at Concourt while Lungu broke the Law by refusing to handover power to Matibini when the Petition was filed in Concourt. MPs have human Rights to boycott an Address by an illegitimate Lungu.As long as the Petition is unheard UPND MPs will continue to protest and boycott functions presided over by the illegitimate Lungu. This illegitimacy will continue to haunt Lungu for the rest of his life.

    Chuma
    December 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm
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  3. I used to think that Matibini is a principled lawyer of the Mwanawasa caliber. I just started doubting him after seeing his true colours when I saw how PF could use him. Now who can doubt that he is just a base fellow with no conscious just like his master.

    Lungu stole an election while the whole world was watching. How do you force people to recognize him and sit listening to a hypocrite.

    The Lord above deal with these impostors the way the deserve.

    Daniel
    December 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm
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