PARLIAMENT yesterday reprimanded Munali MP Mumbi Phiri and ordered her to pay K250,000 for claiming that MPs were getting a lot of money

Ms Phiri was also reprimanded for saying that she was misled into voting for the increase in emoluments for constitutional office holders through an electronic system.

This followed a point of order raised by Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice– President, Gaston Sichilima on November 25, 2008 against Ms Mumbi over her allegations on MUVI television where she stated that MPs were getting a lot of money.

During a programme on the television station, Ms Phiri had stated that she was misled into voting for the increase in emoluments for constitutional office holders by the electronic mode of voting.

The remarks by Ms Phiri prompted Mr Sichilima to raise a point of order claiming that it was not appropriate for the MP to claim that she was misled into voting for the motion by the electronic system particularly that the Speaker had taken time to enlighten the MPs on how the system worked.

Following the point of order, deputy chairperson of committees of the House Mkhondo Lungu said that the earlier ruling by Speaker of the National Assembly Amusaa Mwanamwambwa regarding MPs debating matters discussed in the House outside was still valid.

Mr Lungu said that since he was not privy to the tape on which Ms Phiri made the allegations, he could not make a concrete ruling and would therefore seek time to ask the committee on privileges to handle the matter.

In their findings, the committee discovered that Ms Phiri abrogated the privileges of Parliament by discussing issues debated in the House outside.

The committee also found that Ms Phiri lied by stating that she was not conversant with the electronic mode of voting when the Speaker had enlightened the members on how the system worked.

The committee, however, considered that since Ms Phiri was a first offender, Parliament should exercise maximum leniency on her.

In her ruling, deputy Speaker Mutale Nalumango ordered that Ms Phiri pay K250,000, the money that National Assembly paid to MUVI TV to view the tape and reprimanded her, telling her never to abrogate parliamentary privileges again.

In her apology, Ms Phiri said that she was sorry for bringing the name of the House into disrepute and pledged to abide by parliamentary procedure.

[Read 11 times, 1 reads today]
Loading...

51 COMMENTS

  1. THE YOUNG BOXER IS JUST BEING INTIMIDATED FOR SAYING THE TRUTH. GO FORWARD AS U WILL SOON BE LIKE ESTER PHIRI YOUR NAME SAKE.

    0

    0
  2. Ubukaka! that ka Mumbi looks like a dried fish!
    The caliber of our parliamentary representatives is a reflection of our society!

    0

    0
  3. I think Mumbi phiri was just right coz she is an MP so she knows what she was toking about,that is the problem in Zambia when someone says the trueth you dont like!!come on leave her alone she is just an intellegent,frank and hard working lady.come on PF we love you!!!!

    0

    0
  4. Why should you bit by the bush? Mumbi was right. These guys are stealing from Zambians. Think of a mere teacher getting K700 000, housing in Lusaka is K700 000 a servant quarter, Ubunga K90 000 per 25kg, 4 children in boarding schools paying K500 000, awe I stop I want to cry.

    Now a dull MP is getting More Than K6 million plus allowances at the end of the month a dull MP gets over K 10 million. Is that not a lot of money relative to a civil servants’.

    Guys let us face the truth. Mumbi was right coz they are just dull MPs who should not get such much.

    0

    0
  5. SOMETHING FISHY WITH OUR SYSTEM!
    CAN I ASK A QUESTION……DO OUR LEADER, MP’S PERMANENT SEC’S MINISTERS AND THE VP EN PRESIDENT HIMSELF PAY TAX….(PAYE)

    0

    0
    • kangwa shani. boyi i am just dissapointed with the whole thing. i have a question if she said they are getting little. wat wea these guys do? zambia. God bless zambia

      0

      0
    • A lot of MPs e.g Mulongoti and Teta had actually said they get little moni when the debate on increments was raging

      0

      0
  6. After all its our tax payer’s money that funds all of you and we have every right to know how our money is beign used.

    0

    0
  7. Mr. Speaker and your friends, it goes to show that you do not have the Zambian people’s interest at heart but just want to faten your pockets with our hard earned money. Think about you laws that supress our freedoms. If you have ears you have heard.

    0

    0
    • They are one and the same. I understand thats how gravators work. They follow you when you just change names. ha ha ha.

      0

      0
  8. Ku parliament kwaba akantu na kwena. Chila muntu afwaya ukumfwika.. Ba Mumbi Phiri bena ba tekanye sana.

    0

    0
  9. Ninshi mwalifwala sana utuputula utwabula ama elastic… waziba bwanji ati tumavuta??????

    0

    0
  10. It’s nonsense to keep the truth from the public especially by our leaders even if it has nothing to do with parliament and their salaries, and she’s right they get a lot of money but I am disappointed by the penalty – only K250pin as if it’s a traffic offence when she abrogated parliament privileges. SHAME!!!!

    0

    0
  11. This ka dry looking woman is a problem! She deserved the spanking she was given by Elizabeth Chitika!!

    0

    0
    • Whats wrong with you? This lady is trying to full fill our wish for a true multy party state. Not this Unipist signs we are seeing now.

      0

      0
  12. THE TRUTH ALWAYS HURTS, MUMBI PHIRI WAS OR IS RIGHT.

    THESE MPs DO NOT DESERVE WHAT THEY GET, PLEASE BE REALISTIC. GO ON MAMA, ONE DAY THE SAME PEOPLE WILL COME TO THEIR SENSES. YOU ARE DEFINATELY BETTER THAN ALOT OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO CAN NOT EVEN OPEN THIER MOUTH WHEN THEY SEE SOMETHING IS WRONG.

    I AM FOR YOU ALL THE WAY………………

    0

    0
  13. Greetings my fellow Zambians. Mrs. Phiri has spoken up for us all, and the MMD children on this forum Condem her wow! If Zambia develops we all win, that is the base line. We are ten places away from being at the bottom of the poorest nation in Africa. Reason is because we fear un-educated people in office, do not get me wrong. They may be learned, but most are not wise. I pray for my country. MAy God bless us all, with his wisdom.

    0

    0

Comments are closed.