Mazabuka central Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo this morning challenged Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube to a physical fight outside Parliament threatening to beat him up.
This followed an altercation between Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe and Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili following a question Mr Kambwili had asked the vice president during the vice president’s question time why government had allowed the Chinese to take over the block making business when government policy is that this should be left to Zambians, and why the Chinese were the ones renovating Ministers’ houses at the expense of Zambians.
While the Speaker had ruled on an earlier point of order raised by Monze central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu who asked whether Mr Sikazwe was in order to engage Mr Kambwili in an altercation for merely asking the vice president a question, the two continued with their altercation prompting Mr Nkombo to rise on a point of order.
It was at this point when Mr Nkombo rose on a point of order that Mr Sikazwe allegedly called him stupid and a dog sparking an angry reaction from the Mazabuka central Member of Parliament.
And while Mr Nkombo was in the middle of his point of order, Mr Ngulube passed running commentaries which further infuriated the Mazabuka lawmaker.
He then challenged Mr Ngulube to go outside the chamber and fight him if he was man enough.
Meanwhile, Vice President Inonge Wina has dismissed assertions that perceived UPND supporters in the civil service from Southern, Western, North Western and Central provinces have been targeted for retirement in national interest.
Ms Wina who was responding to a question raised by Monze central MP Jack Mwiimbu who on 24th February,2017 raised a question during the vice president’s question time whether it is government policy to punish people based on where they come from in view of the alleged dismissal of perceived UPND supporters in the civil services and parastatals, said the Public Service Management Division under the office of the President has the mandate to transfer, reshuffle and in some instances retire civil servants.
Ms Wina says this is part of the reorganization of the public service in order to ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services to the people of Zambia.
She says the reorganization has resulted in 37 civil servants from a number of provinces being retired in national interest.
The Vice president explained that the transfers, reshuffles and retirements government is carrying out are not based on one’s tribe, but are meant to revamp the civil service for effective delivery of services for the benefit of Zambians who have high expectations from the PF Government.
Ms Wina states that the PF Government does not want to fail on account of a sluggish civil service.