Chief Government Spokesman Chishimba Kambwili
Chishimba Kambwili

Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili has charged that the UPND Members of Parliament should not even attempt to enter the chambers of Parliament and be part of the business of the House after boycotting the official opening of the National Assembly by President Edgar Lungu.

And Mr Kambwili said Speaker of the National Assembly should consider taking disciplinary action against all the UPND MPs for boycotting the official opening of the National Assembly by President Edgar Lungu on Friday.

But the UPND MPs have vowed that they would be in Parliament today as the House resumes its sitting and debate the Presidential speech despite having boycotted its official opening to receive the presidential speech.

Mr Kambwili said it was illogical for the UPND legislators to start attending sessions in Parliament when they refused to recognise President Lungu who had convened the House.

Mr Kambwili, who is Patriotic Front (PF) Roan Member of Parliament, said it did not make sense for the UPND lawmakers to return to Parliament and contribute to the business of the House after declaring that they did not recognise President Lungu.

He said the UPND MPs and their entire leadership had declared that they would not recognise President Lungu and could, therefore, not return to the House which was officially opened by the President they did not recognise.

He wondered why the MPs were eager to debate President Lungu’s speech during his state of the nation address when they did not recognise the Head of State as having been legitimately elected.

Mr Kambwili said if the UPND did not recognise President Lungu, then the opposition party should have nothing to do with his speech and should, therefore, permanently stay away from the current session of Parliament.

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    • Its the people who voted for UPND MPs, hence they have every reason and right of representing the choices of their respective constituencies.
      Edgar is illegally and an illegitimate president simplified to his failure of handing power to the speaker, according to the current constitution.
      Edgar Lungu signed the constitution, yet he & his PF hoodlums have failed to respect its tenets. Kambwili too, with all PF MPs were found guilty and wanting by the Con-Court for illegally staying in power.
      Has Kambwili with PF minions started repayments for their illegality? PF is illegally and illegitimate in power over Lungu’s failures of handing power to the speaker as required by law and constitution.

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    • Its Kambwili and his fellow PF mps who must stay away from parliament, for they are guilty of plunderous misconduct.
      Everyday opposition members are persecuted by PF police on trump charged cases. Why?
      Lungu,Kambwili and PF should first respect and follow the constitution as a legitimate precedence of democracy as a principle.
      Legitimacy of democracy rests upon the ground of integral respect for the constitution, equal rights and freedoms of citizens=civilisation! Primitiveness is free, worse off to bed, its now illegally rebased, reverse side, dununa reverse of poor economy. What will persecuting innocent HH, GBM, Nevers Mumba, or every oppositions achieve success of the economic crisis under PF? Can people afford food, bills etc with load shedding every day?
      Instead of looking…

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    • Kambwili is not fit for purpose.

      Illogical everything that comes out of him, he comes from the old school of seeing intimidation and intimidation as a form of waning anything he doesnt agree with.

      A school of Kim Jong-un, Mugabe, Amin and the rest…

      That approach doesnt work in the 21st century.

      The fear for me as that, you had PF acolytes on here that sees him as being a a hard worker.

      Your country is doomed – with people of his kind

      Thanks

      BB2014

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    • …for solutions to the prevalence of road accidents, PF is busy muting peoples freedoms and rights, eg media freedom.
      Leadership is about respecting the values of public service in delivering their own livejournal needs, so long as leaders value the integrity of the constitution.
      What is PF doing about load shedding tears and the pathetic reversed economy? Dununa economy to where PF, to where?
      Speaker Matibini any word? Laughs!

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    • These are the problems you run into when a Political Party start acting CULTISH. Independent thought and judgement among members disappears and they all become ROBOTIC and BRAINWASHED. They become SLAVES to the WHIMS and WISHES of their leaders.

      I mean, these MPs are not ZOMBIES devoid of control of their own faculties and will. They should realize that their FIRST and FOREMOST duty is to their poor voters back home (Constituency). UPND as a party simply sponsored them, but their ultimate responsibility is to their constituencies without whom they wouldn’t be in Parliament—because people can still be MPs without being sponsored by a political Party (INDEPENDENT MPs)—but NOT WITHOUT VOTERS. The more reason why HH/GBV appeared on a separate ballot paper than they did. One wonders…

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    • The boycott of the official opening has achieved its purpose as could be from the reaction of this rail line thief as told to us by his fellow MP he called a car thief,now PF chiefwhip and this is the caliber of people Zambians think can develop the country.Some ***** is asking what it accomplished precisely your rabid reaction.

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  1. He is right. So what will the UPND mps be debating. The walked away so they might just walk away all the way. How how do you walk away half way then come back. Chipante pante and under 5 politics at play.

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    • kaingu tore the speech of the president in parliament and yet he was welcomed in pf government and made minister,so what is kambwili saying trying to portray a perfect picture of morals in pf?

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  2. We told this gorilla to take it easy because the imbecile nearly died after heart attack. I don’t even know why he was given ministerial position because he is a fat unhealthy man. We don’t want costly state funerals

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  3. Ba Kambwili you used to do the same when you were in opposition. What has changed? Show us any applicable law to validate your stance.
    Ba UPND naimwe, serve the people. I don’t think you achieved anything by boycotting. That was a good opportunity to listen and later debate the President’s speech especially when it comes to how the PF intends to achieve the goals set in light of prevailing economic challenges

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  4. Hon. Kambwili, can you please use your brain instead or your fat arse? And you are the Minister? You are insult to human intelligence. By the way, have you paid back moneys obtained illegally as directed by Constitutional Court?

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  5. Interesting indeed! I thought no PF member would care if the main opposition MPs stayed away. So it is actually bothering the ruling party that UPND MPs stayed away from the official opening of the August house. The house must have been very boring without the ‘mighty’ UPND in it.

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  6. They don’t recognize ECL as the their president, why do they want to go and do his business from contained in the speech and why stay in that house. Its like you don’t recognize your father in the house but when he pays for school you attend school.

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    • @ zao kings

      They do not recognize head of the executive branch of the Government, but they are DULY ELECTED members of the Legislature and it is their Constitutional privilege to walk out when the head of executive visit National Assembly and to participate in Parliamentary process!!!

      Do you see difference?

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    • Parliament is not for Edgar Lungu,it is for Zambia. And that speech was just written for him. This is not the first time opposition MPs are staying away from the house. Let the speaker himself deal with them in accordance with the rules and code of conduct of the house.

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    • Of course the MPs recogise Ed as the President, that’s why they are dying to go back to the House which HE ‘officially’ opened.

      Friday was just an unfortunate incident because they were intimidated by the up and coming dictator Kainde.

      They have realised now that the young dictator should be fighting his own little battles. The MPs have their constituencies to represent…

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    • WHEN IS IT EVER GOING TO PENETRATE YOUR BRAINS THAT ECL IS NOT A PARTY PRESIDENT ONLY. HE IS THE STATE PRESIDENT AND HAS A MANDATE TO SEE THAT ALL ZAMBIANS BENIFIT IN THE COUNTRY NOT ONLY PF MEMBERS.

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  7. Human rights activist…
    This is about the people they represent not individuals. Why carry out your fathers business when you do recognise him as your father. Remember rule number one: There will be one president at a time, period.

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    • They do not recognize head of the executive branch of the Government, but they are DULY ELECTED members of the Legislature and it is their Constitutional privilege to walk out when the head of executive visit National Assembly and to participate in Parliamentary process!!!

      There is no “fathers” in the Constitution.

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    • That business is not for the Head of State but for the whole country. They did not break any law by staying away from the house. Yes there’s one President at any given time but unfortunately that President is not recognized by the main opposition camp hence their decision to keep a distance from him as a way of protest. It is them, not me.I’m not even a member of any party. I’m just an independent thinker.

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  8. IMAGINE FOR ZAMBIA TO HAVE SUCH MEDIOCRE LEADERS OF THIS KAMBWILI TYPE! IMAGINE FOR SOMEONE TO ADVOCATE FOR A PARLIEMENTARY SITTING WITH 58 MEMBERS ABSENT. CAN YOU SAY SUCH A PERSON AND HIS PRESIDENT ARE SERIOUS WITH ISSUES OF GOVERNANCE? ZAMBIA IS GOING NOWHERE UNDER LUNGU’S PF GOVERNMENT.

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  9. Another 5 years of this BUFFOON again…who is he to tell opposition not to enter Parliament. These ***** have been appointed now the civil service expenditure has suddenly shot up.

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  10. Kambwili thats your problem…when your suger is high you want to blame the UPND…..go to the hospital….parliament was built by zambians not you…….

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  11. Yes, this is Legally viable, not just a personal opinion. They must be barred from joining any debate ensuing from that Parliamentary opening. Financially capped and disciplined with last warnings if they are to be allowed in. This needs dealing with we can’t allow treason within our parliamentary walls!

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  12. Kambwili is a straight forward direct to the point man who unfortunately many blacks would call arrogant..! In Africa, people who are open in their talk are perceived arrogant..! We need people like him if we are to make progress..! He is assertive not aggressive…which is one of leadership qualities..!

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  13. These UPND chaps are now behaving like one named opposition party in South Africa. They have no direction, they are just following their confused leader’s direction without reasoning. Very sad. They will soon forget why they were elected to go to parliament. The only thing these guys will be doing is draw a salary at the end of the month. No work no pay rule should apply. They did not come to parliament when it opened. Please calculate their daily remuneration and deduct it at the end of the month.

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  14. This NGO upnd and its leadership is rotten to the core! Its actually a bunch of dimwits, idiets who have nothing to offer to Zambia. Its leader is only fit to be a village headman deep down in Sipatunyana village! Will it make sense for them to debate a speech they boycotted to listen to? God help these lunatics!

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  15. IN AS MUCH AS I DO NOT SUPPORT LAWLESSNESS (WHICH HAS BECOME THE ORDER OF THE DAY IN ZAMBIA), PEOPLE STILL HAVE A RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REFUSE YOU. YOU CANT FORCE THEM TO ACCEPT U. THIS IS SOME THAT MUST BE EARNED AND NOT FORCED. ON A LIGHTER NOTE, IF I DON’T LIKE MY STEP DAD, I MAY OPT TO GO OUT WHENEVER HE IS AROUND AND ONLY COME HOME WHEN HE IS AWAY – PROBABLY TO EAT, BATH & CHANGE CLOTHES.

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  16. @Trespho Chitamfya, off course they will pay that is a must. Wonders never seize, why insult Kabwili just because he has told them the truth? why don’t you blame the ones who does not want to work but just to be paid our money for doing nothing. If they shunned the opening what are they going to talk about when they go there? Let them stay away when it is over they will be called.

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  17. Ba NGO or upnd kuleni bane it is about Zambia and not hh ,umuntu ni chagwa Bambi ningombe.

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  18. This is not the person who can be called government spokesperson. He is too partisan and cant separate his PF membership from his Ministerial role. In his little mind defending the PF is what he is paid to do. But it isnt. A minister makes sure governance continues-in this case the PF cannot govern without UPND because the opposition has its supporters too. When you form government you are leading a nation not a party. He doesnt understand how government operates because he hasnt been to school. To put it another way a little education is dangerous

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  19. It is no the bed room for Kambwili to tell our elected members of parlaiment to stay away.Actually most of these MPs got more votes than Kambwili.
    We hear that UPND only won in three provinces then how come they have 58 MPS?
    Shame zambia Shame Kambwili.
    Pay farmers and civil servants boss.

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  20. This is a good one. Sincé UPND MPs boycotted the opening session where the president outlined the visión for the country I wonder if UPND MPs are in order to proceed with debating the presidential speech. They do not recognize the president and hence they can not debate his speech. Let them continue boycotting until presidencial speech debate is completed then they can go back to parliament. During this time no sitting allowance should be accorded to them. The one who said yabanyokola njala you are right. Now they insist that they have to attend parliament debate no manners at all.

    Sudan you are very dull. Don’t you know that one can win in a constituency with very few voters. Rural parts of Zambia are sparsely populated with very few voters.

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