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Chief whip canes HH

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LUCY LUMBE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT chief whip Richard Musukwa has condemned United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema over his remarks alleging that Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini is unprofessional.
Mr Musukwa described the remarks as misguided and misplaced.
He said Mr Hichilema should desist from breaching parliamentary rules by uttering remarks that are aimed at causing tension in Parliament.
Mr Musukwa said in an interview yesterday that the office of the Speaker of the National Assembly should be held with high regard and respect.
“It is misguiding for Mr Hichilema to be making remarks that are contrary to what is happening on the ground. He should know that the office of the National Speaker is an independent and dignified office that should be treated with regard at all times,” Mr Musukwa said.
He said the Speaker was voted for by all the members of Parliament and deserves respect from everyone, including opposition MPs.
“It is unconstitutional for Mr Hichilema to be making such remarks, which I can describe as being mischievous. Mr Hichilema is not a law-abiding citizen. He should stop posturing himself with the 2016 general elections which were conducted in the ballot box and dismissed by the courts,” he said.
He also described the boycott by the UPND MPs as unlawful, according to the constitution.
Mr Musukwa said it is mandatory for all MPs to attend Parliament as it is embedded in the Zambian constitution.
“Zambians want to see delivery of the commitments made and to ensure that the promises that were made are all undertaken. Remarks that the Speaker is partisan will not be entertained,” he said.




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