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Speaker schools Nkombo

MATIBINI

KELVIN CHONGO, Parliament
SPEAKER of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini yesterday directed Mazabuka member of Parliament (MP) Gary Nkombo to stop dragging President Lungu in his debates.
The Speaker has also reserved ruling on a point of order raised over Mr Nkombo walking out of the House.
Dr Matibini had ordered Mr Nkombo to withdraw an out-of-order question and apologise to the government.
This was after a ministerial statement by Minister of  Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela, who told the House that allegations of corruption in the road sector were a mere perception without any evidence.
Mr Nkombo said President Lungu had been on record as saying he would fire corrupt ministers.
Dr Matibini advised Mr Nkombo not to involve President Lungu in the matter and counselled him not to involve President Lungu in his debate, compelling the MP to withdraw the whole question.
Mr Nkombo then walked out of the House, followed by some fellow United Party for National Development (UPND) MPs.
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo rose on a point of order seeking the Speaker’s ruling on whether Mr Nkombo was in order to leave the House in the manner he did.
Dr Matibini reserved his ruling on the point of order.
And Deputy Speaker Catherine Namugala ruled that there is no illegality in provincial ministers attending Cabinet meetings.
“Under the constitution, they are allowed to sit in those meetings, but they don’t vote on the deliberations,” she said.
She was responding to a point of order by Monze MP Jack Mwiimbu, who wanted to know if Government was in order to allow provincial ministers to sit in Cabinet meetings.


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