There was nonstop point of orders in Parliament on Tuesday as PF Members of Parliament demanded to know if UPND MPs were in order when they boycotted President Edgar Lungu’s address to Parliament last Week on Friday.
Several PF Members of Parliament rose on a point of order asking the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini if the action by UPND MPs on March 17th was in order.
Kanchibiya Member of Parliament Martin Malama was the first when he asked the Speaker in his point of Order if the opposition UPND MPs were in order to shun the Presidential address.
Others who rose on a point of order are Shiwa Ng’andu MP Stephen Kampyongo, Mandevu MP Jean Kapata, Msanzala MP, Peter Daka and Makebi Zulu of Malambo Constituency among many others.
But the Speaker ruled that he has resolved to refer the matter to the committee on privileges.
Soon after the Speaker’s ruling, Monze UPND Mp Jack Mwiimbu rose on a point of order seemingly to counter and asked the Speaker if the PF members were in order to sing political songs in the House on Friday.
Mr. Mwiimbu said the action was against the decorum and etiquette of the House.
In his ruling the Speaker said the issues raised were serious and required proper examination.
Calm only returned to the House after the speaker limited the number of points of order on the same topic and permitted Minister of Religious Affairs Godfrey Sumaili to issue a ministerial statement.
Meanwhile, Some Lusaka Youths have petitioned Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini demanding action be taken against UPND Members of Parliament for shunning President Edgar Lungu’s address to parliament.
In their petition to the Speaker, the youths contend that the boycott by UPND MPs is an insult to the people of Zambia hence the need to take action against lawmakers
The Youths have recalled that in 2001, then UPND Leader Anderson Mazoka lost elections in the disputed general election which saw the UPND go to court, but that at no point did he instruct his Members of Parliament to boycott then President. Levy Mwanawasa’s address to the House.
They are asking the Speaker to withhold the salaries of the Members Parliament until such a time that they will recognize President Edgar Lungu as the duly elected President.
And the Evangelical Youth Alliance International (EYAI) has also written to the Speaker seeking tougher punishment for the UPND Members of Parliament whom they have accused of failing to firmly represent their electorates.
EYAI Executive Director Reverend Moses Lungu tells QTV News that this is because the MPs are failing to reason on their own, but are working under instructions from their political party leaders.