Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya has called upon the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini and the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges to handle the case of the UPND MPs boycotting Parliament during President Edgar Lungu’s address to Parliament seriously especially that the entire UPND leadership declared that nothing will force them to recognize Mr. Lungu as Republican President.
Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde reports that Bwalya said in statement unveiled to the media yesterday that the quick and seemingly sincere apology that the same MPs rendered after shunning President Lungu’s official opening of Parliament last year was a mockery.
He has however stated that the future apologies from UPND MPs should be taken as another gimmick to get off the hook and then continue with the same illegal conduct going by their own declaration they will never recognize President Lungu.
Bwalya has since described the action of United Party for National Development (UPND) members of parliament to shun the address of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to Parliament on March 17, 2017 as unique and grave action.
He said it is in the public domain that the UPND leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema was declared winner of the August 11, 2016 presidential election by their party national chairperson Ms. Mutale Nalumango.
Bwalya noted that the declaration through their party Chairperson Mutale Nalumango was done before the announcement of the final presidential results by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), a body with the legal mandate to declare the winner of a presidential election.
The PF Deputy spokesperson also noted that the boycott of UPND members of parliament with the exception of Chilanga lawmaker Mr Keith Mukata was within the context of the words of Katuba UPND MP Patricia Mwashingwele published in the Mast Newspaper of Wednesday, March 22, 2017 on page 3 where she said no one will force the UPND to recognize Edgar Lungu as President until the UPND presidential (petition) election is heard.
“We called upon the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon Dr Patrick Matibini SC and the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges to handle the case of the UPND MPs boycotting Parliament during President Edgar Chagwa Lung’s address to Parliament seriously” Father Bwalya said