Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has said that State House would issue a statement regarding President Michael Sata’s visit to Israel and reiterated that he would not compel the Minister of Health to answer questions regarding President Sata’s health.
Dr Matibini made the ruling following a point of order raised by United Party for National Development (UPND) MP, Jack Mwiimbu who wanted to know whether it was in order for Government not to provide answers regarding the President’s health or his whereabouts.
Dr Matibini said the Ministry of Information had already issued a statement when the President left the country and that he was on a working holiday.
“You have rightly pointed out yourself that there was an official announcement or communication from the Minister of Information clarifying the dates when the President arrived and also confirming the fact that the President is within the jurisdiction of the country.
“The Vice President indicated that in as far as that subject is concerned, all communications will be issued by State House. That is the current position, as and when need arises, those communications will be made,” he said.