Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly has ordered Vice-President Guy Scott to deliver a statement to clarify President Michael Sata’s visit to Israel to help subdue unnecessary speculations on the matter.
Deputy Speaker Mkhondo Lungu made the ruling in Parliament today following a point of order by Monze Central United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament (MP) Jack Mwiimbu.
Mr Lungu asked the Vice-President to deliver his statement by Thursday and could do so even before the scheduled day.
“To avoid speculation, innuendos, I will ask the leader of Government business in the House to make a statement on the matter so that we can put this matter to rest,” Mr Lungu said.
Mr Mwiimbu in his point of order asked whether it was in order for the Government to remain mute without clarifying the matter.
“The visit by President Michael Sata has been surrounded by controversy because international media is stating that the Prime Minister of Israel is in the US to meet President Obama. Is Government in order to allow speculation on this matter,” Mr Mwiimbu said.