UPND to challenge Speaker’s 30-day ban in court

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UPND MPs dressed in black in protest at HH's detention
UPND MPs dressed in black in protest at HH’s detention

The opposition UPND has announced that it will challenge the decision by Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini to suspend 48 of its members for 30 days without pay for missing President Edgar Lungu’s speech to Parliament.

In an interview, UPND Chairman for Legal Affairs Jack Mwiimbu explained that the MPs will take the matter to court as they believe that the Speaker acted ultra vires by suspending them for 30 days.

Mr Mwiimbu said the party will be seeking a judicial review to challenge the decision of Dr Matibini.

And UPND Parliamentary Chief Whip Garry Nkombo says posterity will judge Dr Matibini for his emotional decision to suspend 48 opposition MPs.

Mr. Nkombo has charged that the Patriotic Front wants to manipulate the Constitution in the absence of the UPND MPs.

Speaking at a press briefing at the UPND Secretariat last evening in Lusaka soon after the suspension, Mr. Nkombo said the suspension would not deter the MPs  but that they would emerge stronger.

Mr. Nkombo reminded the speaker that the suspected MPs were elected members and not appointed or nominated.

“For now, it is 1-0 in favour of the Speaker but we are sure that posterity is going to give a judgment to the manner in which he has handled not only ourselves, it is the manner he has handled the country. It is not about an individual Member of Parliament, the manner he has handled the country today, the emotions he has displayed leaves much to be desired. But we stand firm and we will serve his suspension and this will not change us in a single bit. Instead it will emerge us even stronger,” Mr. Nkombo said.

“That’s how defective this ruling is, when you apply emotions to the decision. Posterity will judge the Speaker when that time comes and there is no hiding from that fact. We are people’s representatives, so as things stand, he will represent all of us in our constituencies, 48 of them. It should never be forgotten that we are elected Members of Parliament, elected not appointed or nominated, we are elected.”

Mr Nkombo who is the Mazabuka Central MP said the 48 were suspended because the UPND has refused to recognize President Edgar Lungu as Head of State.

“But we will take this issue as it comes because we stand resolute to tell the nation that even the issue which was itching in his ruling, the issue that came very very prominent…I think that based on his own imagination that the matter is squarely sitting on the square of recognition of President Edgar Lungu. It is a confirmation that is the matter which continues to keep PF scared of the truth. The truth has no disguise, the truth can germinate even on concrete, it is really just a question of time,” Mr Nkombo said.

He charged that the suspension was a planned move by the PF to manipulate the Constitution.

“We are convinced that the incarceration of our leader was all planned (i) because they knew there would be sparks there and so the easier way was to do what has happened (ii) and also we know that now we are sitting without the opposition. The function of the opposition political party is to provide checks and balances, the country has heard from time to time how the PF want to re-make the world. They have been advocating to change the Constitution over and over again. Countrymen and women, beware that when we go back after one month, we will probably find a totally different Constitution and if that happens, I think that the decision that was made today will be part of the posterity judgment,” Mr. Nkombo said.

He added, “They want to manipulate the Constitution, just a year ago they were celebrating in the stadium that they have produced a document that is going to stand a test of time and no sooner as we settled in the 12th National Assembly they started tinkering around with the articles of the same Constitution they were actually praising. Zambians beware they want to manipulate your document so that at the end of it all, it will not be a recognizable document.”

Mr. Nkombo also asked Zambians to open their eyes and watch how the country was being turned into a dictatorship.

“This is how dictatorship begins, this is how the dictatorship asserts itself. And for now maybe to also just say on behalf of all the constituencies that are represented by the members affected here is to say just be steadfast, we are coming home for a month, it will be such a joyful thing to be with yourselves,” he said.

“And finally it always a good thing to remember that when you are half way up, it means you are halfway down. UPND is holding half of the seats in this country. We can only appeal to all right minded people of this country to see what is going on, to see that the state institutions are being manipulated on a daily basis so that by the time they finish with us if they ever manage, there will be no country to talk about,” said Mr. Nkombo.

He also announced that the MPs will use the period of the suspension to go back into the constituencies and mobilise the party.

UPND MPs flashing the party symbol during a news briefing
UPND MPs flashing the party symbol during a news briefing
UPND MPs taking the 'walk of shame' out of Parliament after the suspension was announced
UPND MPs taking the ‘walk of shame’ out of Parliament after the suspension was announced
The UPND MPs during a news conference
The UPND MPs during a news conference
UPND MPs
UPND MPs

123 COMMENTS

  1. +41
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    The speaker would have done the same if it were PF MPs.

    He is neutral, professional and have integrity.

    The challenge by UPND doesn’t stand.

    This is water of a duck’s back.

    They should have more serious problems to attend to

    I’m a PhD holder.

    Thanks

    BB2914,2016

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      I’m looking at that photo of a bunch of fat dull cows that have failed their constituents, what a bunch of fat United Dunderheads that are in politics for themselves…they keep growing fat while their Human Hyena tribal lord is on a diet in the cells…SHAME!!!!!!SHAME!!!!! SHAME!!!!!
      These court cases are too many! They were going to boycott parliament even before the speaker made the announcement so what is this now??? Court again??? Very dull chaps…

    • +36
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      We are Elected Members of parliament but we do not recognise the government that is suspending us from the government house which ECL officially opened.
      Why did they not stay away completely from the begining. This Double H syndrome is causing unnecessary tensions in the country. In Eastern province they say “kupha njoka nikudula mutu!’

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      Really mushota what do you do for a living? Sit and blog all day? Normal people have a life, they are productive and contribute to society. Really you should try it instead of working overtime to be blogger of the year smh.

    • +27
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      UPND needs at least one mature member or advisor to be giving them mature guidance.

      They are doing all these things because of a lack of maturity.

      For example, if there was at least one mature person to advise HH, he would not have behaved the way immaturely behaved in Money.

      If there was at least one mature advisor for UPND, the MPs would have understood the legal implications of the parliamentary procedures.

      Lack of maturity with blind confidence costs greatly.

      If you remember what the British High Commissioner said about HH’s behaviour you will understand that the behaviour of HH and UPND is not acceptable anywhere in the world.

    • +11
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      UPND needs at least one mature member or advisor to be giving them mature guidance.

      They are doing all these things because of a lack of maturity.

      For example, if there was at least one mature person to advise HH, he would not have behaved the way immaturely behaved in Mongu.

      If there was at least one mature advisor for UPND, the MPs would have understood the legal implications of the parliamentary procedures.

      Lack of maturity with blind confidence costs greatly.

      If you remember what the British High Commissioner said about HH’s behaviour you will understand that the behaviour of HH and UPND is not acceptable anywhere in the world.

    • +14
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      Nation building is a continuous process. Though the need to enforce discipline in the August House cannot be over emphasized, I believe the Speaker has applied a hash punishment. Most of these legislators staging up childish political stunts are victims of blind Groupthink. As such, Dr. Matibini should have just withdrawn their emoluments for 2 months and keep doors to Parliament open. As citizens we do know that their political stunts are useless convulsions. They’re inconsequential to the functionality of the state. That is the reason they would never build a critical mass among sober Zambians. They can mourn or bark for the next 5 years in anyways, that will not chance Zambian dynamics or fate of mother Zambia. Ala “ichalo musula, tachimula mashinshya”. Also remember that “Olila…

    • +12
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      Ala “ichalo musula, tachimula mashinshya”. Also remember that “Olila samasankha malilidwe” and that is life.

    • +8
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      Is Upnd the only opposition in parliament.. we have Independent candidates, FDD and part of UPND. Its is enough as they are the ones who are willing to work.

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      Terrible manager,Ba Matibini, suspending employees absenteeism which happened 3 months ago!?

    • +23
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      These chaps are contradicting themselves. “Preliminary Jack” says we shall take the matter to court. Nkombo after being slapped on 10th April says we will serve the 30 days and come back strong. He further says they should provide checks and balances. Checks and balances to who? Government? Government on the executive side consists of the Head of State, Ministers Permanent Secretaries and so on. Now you don’t recognize the Head. Which government are you going to check. Silly thinking. they should just stay home instead of displaying f00lishness publicly

    • +6
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      Can someone remind me what happened to Hon. Siliya after she raised the middle finger in Parliament?

    • +1
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      Tribal and regional politics have permeated parliament. Speaker thinks only a particular region pays tax. Why are we to pay only people of half Zambia when we are all taxed. This is the saddest stage of our country’s history. Hopefully we do not go beyond this point.

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      @Party of Fieves (PF) I suspect same speaker wanted to “chew” and he was rebuffed by madam D. So if he had even hinted of punishment, she would have lifted the lid and revealed size, strength and capability!

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    Well as I predicted and you heard it here from me first, they are going to the court, but that court session will be full of preliminaries that will last 3 months before they get even to the real case, as is typical of UPND’s day in court circus..more so if their chief whip issues a satirical sentence like:

    “And finally it always a good thing to remember that when you are half way up, it means you are halfway down. UPND is holding half of the seats in this country.”

    Really? Half the seats in this country? Which “this” country is this guy talking about? Is there a new country called South Western Zambia or what? I thought there were 150 seats and UPND hold 49. How did that translate into half the seats.

    Paid UPND cadre bloggers break it down for us here.

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      Kikiki @mmd bootlicker indeed its easy to predict the next step the under5 takes because they are a lost cause to begin with. Honestly these cretins can clearly see that matibini cant be answerable to the judiciary and they wish to proceed with that meaning the case will now move from their one month expulsion to indefinite. This party is the joke of our politics in the 21st century . They break rules and laws with impunity and goes to the international community to cry fowl.

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      @MMD Chief Bootlicker
      “…. I thought there were 150 seats and UPND hold 49….”.
      That’s not right, UPND, in fact, have 58 seats in Parliament, not 49. You just added Keith Mukata to the 48 suspended MPs and assumed they hold 49 seats.

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      @ the chosen one, 58 is still not half of 150.. it is 38% and since the suspended are 48 that gives us 32%… so we still have 68% representation which is very okay since this percentage is willing to work.

      every workplace has rules and if you break them you can be suspended which is also okay.

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      @government
      I haven’t said 58 MPs translates to 50%. I was responding specifically to that specific sentence from my friend MMD Chief Bootlicker which I have highlighted in bold

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    Jack pf can pass anything whether you are there or not because they are the majority. Your misconduct should not be mistaken as mistreatment. You bleached the parliamentary rules and alk you need to do is apologize. Legislature is different from judiciary.

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      SO UNTIL UNPD POKES YOUR EYES THATS YOU WILL SEE WHAT WRONGS THEY ARE DOING. THIS IS NOT ABOUT PF CADRES. THEY WERE DARING THE SPEAKER AND HIS DEPUTIES WHEN THEY MISBEHAVED IN THE HOUSE. The SENIOR CITIZEN has made a very good observation “Dr. Matibini should have just withdrawn their emoluments for 2 months and keep doors to Parliament open”. READ HIS FULL POST ABOVE.

  4. flag [email protected]
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    I was at the border of a neighbouring country where the MPs were suspended for 365 days for the the same behaviour as that of UPND.
    Mr Speaker, we want sanity, please increase the days to at least 90 days so that Jack Mwimbu can, possibly, reach a quarter of preliminaries in court, for the preliminaries that are about to start.

  5. flag [email protected]
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    I was at the border of a neighbouring country where the MPs were suspended for 365 days for the the same behaviour as that of UPND.
    Mr Speaker, we want sanity, please increase the days to at least 90 days so that Jack Mwimbu can, possibly, reach a quarter of preliminaries in court, for the preliminaries that are about to start.

  6. +6
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    Zambia is dead!
    Donors should not waste money on this busket case of a republic. Take the AID to other countries in need of aid until the time Zambia’s democracy shall be restored by a more progressive party that shall unseat PF. All institutions have been infiltrated by clueless cadres.What a shame!

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      @ @ Mwila: ZAMBIA CANNOT BE DEAD BECAUSE OF 48 CRETINS FROM DUNDUMWEZI MASQUAREDING AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

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      @Mwila, donors are helping those who are under privileged not because the politics do not suit the 960,000 voters from Southern province but to help everyone regardless of political affiliation. I know you wanted your candidate to win but its cruel to punish everyone just because you didn’t get your way. Take some pride even in loss. We all need each other

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    The first thing that I observe is how ugly the female MPs are. My! Ugly is an understatement! But if you accept that these are UPNDonkeys then lets drop the word ugly.

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    More money in UPND lawyers. Charge them in dollars and let them spend all their time and kwachas in court as it life chosen by UPND. Lawyers come on encourage them to sue every single thing but don’t forget ” when you pay, it will show” Some have a habit of not settling legal fees ask Mather Mushipe.

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    Back to serious business, I thought these UPNdonkeys said that the judiciary in Zambia is not independent so what are they doing in Zambian “courts”?
    Ok since they have come to you judiciary , please dont give them any special privile?e, let their appeal go on the long quee and finish off off with pending matters before attending to them. There are citizens who need their cases disposed off and here are donkeys heartlessly seeking attention at the expense if the masses.
    Is there a law which can lock up these herds of donkeys away until 2021? So now anyway, they have in effect suspended themselves indefinitely. Or after 30 days are they going to walk back into parliament is shame? Sorry not possible if the matter will be pending in court on the waiting list.

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    UPND needs at least one mature member or advisor to be giving them mature guidance.

    They are doing all these things because of a lack of maturity.

    For example, if there was at least one mature person to advise HH, he would not have behaved the way immaturely behaved in Mongu.

    If there was at least one mature advisor for UPND, the MPs would have understood the legal implications of the parliamentary procedures.

    Lack of maturity with blind confidence costs greatly.

    If you remember what the British High Commissioner said about HH’s behaviour you will understand that the behaviour of HH and UPND is not acceptable anywhere in the world.

  11. +10
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    The UPND always say the zambian courts are compromised and yet they still want to challenge the speaker through the same biased courts.This is desperation really.MUMBWE AITILE IMPASHI NOKU MUBUBA SHA MUBUBA.That is UPND for you.

  12. +8
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    HH’s spoilt kids have been suspended for gross indiscipline. Never mind that some of them are Professors and PhD holders. They are all spoilt kids.

  13. +8
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    Retrogressive MPs. Very sad indeed. Anyway Mushota has said it. They represent cows and dogs

  14. +5
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    So now we have parliament answering to the courts or is it the courts answering to parliament? What happened to Zambian separation of powers?

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    UPND is indeed rotten from the head…From the start when they were given chance to exculpate themselves they rushed to the court to restrain the Honorable Mr Speaker which was a big mistake…A court should be a last resort after all procedures in the organisation are followed but they refused to respond to the charge they were given by the Speaker and hence the punishment meted out to them and any court cannot rule in their favour because they refused to respond to the Speaker in the first place and that it was the second time they had committed the offence having been pardoned the first time after apologising…UPND are headed for self destruction due to blind loyalty to their Supreme Leader…

  16. +3
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    Zambia is now a fully fledged Dictatorship and the Rule of Law has broken down. There is no law in our Constitution which requires these UPND MPs to recognize Lungu as President so the suspension is illegal. The Speaker knows this but wants to use the 30 day Suspension of UPND MPs from Parliament to pass Bills favourable to PF. Such laws will always be illegal , Null and Void coz the Suspension of the UPND MPs is ultravires the Zambian Constitution. IMF and Aid Donors cannot finance this lawlessness and Dictatorship.Period.

  17. flag [email protected]
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    Dear my fellow ethically, and responsible Zambians;
    I can’t resist to express my opinion in this matter. Though I am not biased to any party in special, but I can’t hate opposition more, for now,- also the level of stupidity in their raison de e’tat, is remarkable. Heavens knows if they ever have self-assessed themselves for the situation they are leading our country into.
    First things:
    1. Is Parliament a temple ? By the conduct of MPs boycotting, were they in a way obstructing business of the house? (** in the house or out of the house) and what are the rules? Was Is it ethical?
    2. How much of my money tax goes to the cost of running these parliament sessions? And if there are disruptions how much loss?
    I admonish & I am not of the idea either, of the speaker’s suspension…

  18. flag [email protected]
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    PREVIOUS CONTINUATION} – I am not of the idea either, of the speaker suspension. He shouldn’t be making a mountain out of a molehill so as to prevent important bills and concerns from being discussed in the Parliament. The ruling party is as good as the opposition. Parliamentary system is designed to function based on debate and voting and not on lung power, and muscle power. Parliament is not a fish market.
    I am asking all bloggers-all, comments to be educative, and literate and not to lose objectivity of following the agenda or hollow the founding ethos of this great Zambesi nation.
    Thank you.
    Cde. Bandera (BornInZambia).ProudlyZambian.

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    Parliament will be very boring in the next 30 days without proper opposition in it.And if they boycott the Presidential address again? Will they be suspended for the whole session?Or perhaps their seats will be declared vacant?

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      @Independent observer: THAT IS EXACTLY THE PROBLEM. PARLIAMENT IS NOT A PLACE FOR QUENCHING BORDOMNESS. IT IS A PLACE FOR SERIOUS BUSINESS BORDERING ON PEOPLES LIVES. TAKE YOUR BORING LIFE SOMEWHERE ELSE, NOT PARLIAMENT. IT IS NOT A PLACE FOR UNNECESSARY QUESTIONS AND POINTS OF ORDERS MEANT TO QUENCH BORING LIVES. IF UPND GO TO PARLIAMENT TO GET RID OF BORDOM LIVES THEN THEY MIGHT AS WELL KEEP AWAY.

  20. +1
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    Take this PF cadre speaker to court; the courts are compromised too; but take him there still

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    Touch them where it hurts the most, squeeze their pay and maybe they will reflect on the need to represent the people who elected you to office rather than your own selfish reasons. UPND is a disgrace. They are slowly polluting Zambian politics with their rebellious behaviour. Why are campaigning all year round rather than highlight the suffering of the people you represent? Do you honestly think someone will stop everything and usher you into government? Even if Lungu was to go tomorrow, you do not have an automatic right to form government so why are you wasting your time and more importantly, the tax payers money?

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      Does the law state that they have to be denied a salary also? For an allowance it is understable but a salary? Not even half a salary??

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      Would you get paid if you took it upon yourself to go on strike from your employer?

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    great time to be a lawyer in zambia these days i guess…waste clients time in preliminaries and milk them hard…haha

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    All upnd mps who went to parliament they are fools ,stupid,why didn’t they go to see big man one HH,and they are doing nothing to help him,stupid they must go we don’t want them,I knew that and they decide to go there

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      The apology was that they were not going to behave in a stupid manner again but repeated the same foolish behaviour again.
      CAN YOU BLAME THE SPEAKER?

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      that a multi billion dollar question, WHY DID YO APOLOGISE LAST TIME? ANSWER USING A VENN DIAGRAM…

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    “He charged that the suspension was a planned move by the PF to manipulate the Constitution” -These UPND guys are sometimes surprising with their reasoning! Doesn’t Gary see that 50 seats out of a total of 150 is just a third, while passing any change in parliament requires a two-thirds majority which the PF has? While I DO NOT WANT OR WISH ANY ONE TO WATER DOWN OUR DEMOCRACY by reducing on democratic aspects of the constitution, I would also like to face the reality and advise the UPND to know that in BOTH,THEIR PRESENCE AND ABSENCE, the PF HAS THE NUMBERS TO VOTE AND PASS LAWS INCLUDING CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION! These guys appear to be LOST IN THE CONFUSIONS OF THEIR OWN MAKING!!

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      You cretins pf needs 105 votes to pass legislation but currently have about 100 less the rebels like kambwili. This suspension will allow them to do anything they want.

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    @ 22 [email protected]

    While I acknowledge the fact that some things are difficult to understand, I believe others are too obvious.

    When you don’t go for work at your work place without delegation, without handover, without anyone acting in your position, do you in any way disrupt or obstruct company business?

    Let us not be too lazy. Asking questions about every little matter only denies our brains the chance to think on our own.

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    Comment:honestly how can you teach yo daughter and sons in that way mr matibini sure, yes the guys were long but taking that root as a measure to deter the future occurrence of the same leave much to be desire, even the way you sound reading that judgement as if u are so much injure.let’s do the right thing for our country.we should all heatedly learn to Fair the future.uwoo wasula lelo mailo eulipamulo

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    Comment:honestly how can you teach yo daughter and sons in that way mr matibini sure, yes the guys were wrong but taking that root as a measure to deter the future occurrence of the same leave much to be desired, even the way you sounded when reading that judgement as if u are so much injure.let’s do the right thing for our country.we should all heatedly learn to Fair the future.uwoo wasula lelo mailo eulipamulo

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      YO ARE RIGHT MR CHOLWE BUT DONT FORGET THAT THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY APOLOGISED FOR THE SAME OFFENCE EARLIER ON. IMAGINE YOUR CHILD COMMITS AN OFFENCE , THEN HE APPOLOGISES, BUT LATER COMMITS THE SAME OFFENCE AND DARE YOU TO PURNISH THEM, HOW WOULD YOU REACT. LETS LOOK AT BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN

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    What is the essence of education if people like Prof.Lungwangwa can fall to cheap politicking and he gets kicked out of parly instead of advising his party?

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    These UPND members are no confusing me; what is their demonstrating formula, undressing or wearing black? I think undressing is better than wearing black. Monga ni kumalilo sure!

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    What a pf speaker! He failed to discipline Freedom Sikazwe who insulted Garry Nkombo in parliament, he has failed to eject Nkandu Luo and. Mwanakatwe whose seats were nullified, all because they are Pf. He has allowed thieving ministers who remained illegally in office stealing tax payers money, he failed to take over during the the petition because he is Pf. What a speaker!

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      @Peace:Luo and Mwanakatwe have challenged the high court in the CONCOURT and have been allowed to stay on.

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    There is nothing wrong with enforcing the law but as you do so, you need to ensure that the same is applied fairly. I remember 2 PF female MPs who staged a fight at parliament, up to now, i don’t know what their charge was. selective application of the law leads to people calling you names as a leader. To tell the truth, if it was PF in UPND’s position today, this country would have been on fire by now. You all know what i mean.

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      Two MPS fight and 48 Mp abscond from duty. And you want to make noise? Secondly who tells you that the media always reports what goes on in parliament? MPS are told to apologise on the floor and in writing. All this is not reported by ZWD.

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    They are dressed in black but they are busy laughing and joking. Are they moaning or mocking? UPND has met their waterloo in Lungu. In one year’s time there will be no UPND. Because next year they will protest by walking out when Lungu goes to address parliament. They will be expelled. Elections will be held.
    Will UPND participate? They must be foolish. How are they going to participate in elections organized by a government they do not recognize and ECZ they have said is crooked?
    HH will not be there when elections will be. He will come out of prison to find a new party competing with PF.
    The end for UPND has come! Phasing out of UPND from the political scene seems to be a project being handled meticulously with great skill.
    Not only is the under 5 party ignorant of what is…

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    The UPND has become so immature.

    Or is it that they have been immature but I have just realised after last year’s elections?

    Every act backfires; they block presidential motorcade, they even film it and post it on the internet as evidence without realising the consequences

    Does UPND think before they act, or they believe it think later, ati fikaisova?

    Someone please advise me.

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    The speaker has the powers to suspend MP’s for disorderly conduct. They can also have their pay suspended

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    The whole episode is a joke. Both UPND and PF are jokers we have in this country. The speaker though a competent lawyer, has no mantle to handle PF and will only lean to discipline the opposition.
    The speaker is weak because his tenure is not guaranted by the ruling party. Let him suspend PF mps, he wont survive a minute. He knows the safety of his job lies with PF….
    Sometimes , I think he regrets leaving a position of a High Court judge and become a speaker. He is not yet 60 years and wishes he was at the bench…
    I feel pity for him…. He know he has made a mistake to be a speaker risking his profession.

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    last time they apologized to the speaker and the entire nation knowing they did something wrong and repeated the same thing they apologized for and you condemn the verdict of only one month suspension.Katwishi ico mufwaya kanshi.

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    Indeed Hon Garry the truth can never be hidden. A colleague who is a successful discovered that whilst our he was struggling to put food on the table a man would drive to a local suburb and feast on his wife’s friend. This went on for a long time. When he discovered what was happening the friend offered not an apology but denied he had and could ever do such a thing. Alas for him the wife confessed and sought forgiveness. As we speak the two are on the verge of divorce. Indeed you are right our friend has come back stronger he is a believer and his business success has grown. We wish you well as you too will come back stronger half full is half empty.

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    Very weird! You are absent from work for a day, you are docked wages for a month. The constitutional court rules that you must pay back the money, you ignore and sing praises for the great leader. Parliamentary seat nullified, what? The great leader says no way!

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    Advice @ 14. GBM justified why they behaved like that in Mongu, he said and I quote ” LUNGU SHOULD NOT HAVE GONE THERE,IT IS OUR STRONG HOLD” I end here, too shocked for further comment.

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    If you want to be a rich lawyer just befriend Upnd…instead of simply seating this out and going back to the areas and explain to their people…i forgot they wont do it as pay has been docked.
    Meanwhile illegal ministers have not paid back what they owe us.

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    The speaker has acted emotionally. The maximum sentence is 30 days for any MPs Gross misconduct. There is provision in law that requires the President to be acknowledged by MPs. Even allegiance to Speaker must be within the law otherwise he can be removed when he acts illegally

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    Am sure these MPs were expecting kama allowance from parliament when they showed up there yesterday only to be ejected from the house and to be told to check out from parliament motel. I can see some of them leaving behind their guzzlers at parliament motel as they get on buses to get back to their constituencies as they will have no money for fuel. Those with nkongole with the banks will default on repayments and will pay more on interest. Bamene balibe food in their homes will look for kaloba. Probably reality will then begin to dawn on them about the foolishness of their actions so they can think straight next time and abandon the instructions of HH who after all will not be there with them as he continues with his indefinite stay at Mukobeko.

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    Well done our great soldiers for the great fight you are putting up. This Matibin will leap what he is shamefully sowing. Continue fighting until these goons are out of power.

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    Well, the universities in the country should consider delivering law studies only as Zambian courts are well littered with endless political litigation that seem to keep solicitors on their toes…again such nonsense only happen in Zambia!!!!!

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    This is absurd, how many cases is UPNDogs going to have in court? Do they realize that this will just make them be out of parliament longer. Jack Mwiimbu go and do your law for once. In the presidential petition you raised a lot of what you called preliminary issues hence you dragged on the day until the constitutional day expired, with HH you are doing the same…now he is in Mukobeko. Now you want to take this one to court! Can someone with more credibility come to this peoples aid.
    This grouping has a lot of dull chaps….anyway all the best. Meanwhile, parliament continues with a lot of intelligent MPs. TELWENU..TIYE TIYE. Is this what you call Zambia forward ba UPNDogs..mmmmmmmm Iliko rather mwandi Pyeeeee court here they come again, and fool1sh chaps….NDELOLESHAFYEEE!!

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    “He also announced that the MPs will use the period of the suspension to go back into the constituencies and mobilize the party.”

    Mwiikata naku chini.

    Please walk a tightrope you have no protection; look how the Constitution treated Guy Scott, The post news, the people that the fund of the party (President Micheal Sata) left. Just to name The few.

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    Until they get down to work like Brenda Tambatamba has done, salaries and acces to government machinery and facilities should remain suspended. We need speedy service delivery and no childish protests day in day out

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    This is absurd, how many cases is UPNDogs going to have in court? Do they realize that this will just make them be out of parliament longer. Jack Mwiimbu go and do your law for once. In the presidential petition you raised a lot of what you called preliminary issues hence you dragged on the days until the constitutional days expired, with HH you are doing the same…now he is in Mukobeko. Now you want to take this one to court! Can someone with more credibility come to this peoples aid.
    This grouping has a lot of dull chaps….anyway all the best. Meanwhile, parliament continues with a lot of intelligent MPs. TELWENU..TIYE TIYE. Is this what you call Zambia forward ba UPNDogs..mmmmmmmm Iliko rather mwandi Pyeeeee court here they come again, and fool1sh chaps….NDELOLESHAFYEEE!!

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    Why did they all put on black?? I seems they knew their fate before hand. Go and rest, after all you just doze in parliament imwee ba kabwaa…..

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    SOME PARTIES ARE MEANT TO RULE WHILE OTHERS ARE MEANT TO BE IN THE OPPOSITION PERPETUALLY. AND I KNOW UPND WAS NEVER MEANT FOR THE FORMER.

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    Good riddance, we need our country to be legislated by sane and sober characters not these UPND MPs. They’re childish and lack morality. Go tell your constituencies the stories they’ve always heard from you, Lungu cannot be recognised as President because he’s not Tonga.

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    Rubbish rantings….when is UPND going to mature? They do things as if they are children . You think you are gods who are at liberty to do anything they think of. Your stuupiddity just confounds me. You deliberately misbehave so that you may gain sympathy from the Public ….. what an insipid folly you embrace yourselves in.

    On this one I support the Speaker and the 30 days is not enough he should have suspended you for 90 days. You are just becoming unbecoming you UPND. The same behaviour has landed your president into Mukobeko. Please mature in politics guys. Shame on you all.

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    These upnd guys are insane and pathetic. During Vice president’s question time every Friday, they are all busy like ”YOUR HONOUR THE VICE PRESIDENT”!! How did Inonge Wina become Vice president? Wasn’t she on the SAME TICKET that got Lungu elected as President? So the same ticket produced an ILLEGAL president and a LEGAL vice president? Now I know why ‘Terrible’ refers to you as Donkeys

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    MPs illegally stayed on in power after parliament was dissolved and got paid, but they lost the case in court and are supposed to pay back. So far they’re are untouchable Mwanakatwe and Luo lost their parliamentary petition cases in High the other year, but they’re still ministers and enjoy all parliamentary privileges UPND MPs stage a mere protest and exercise of their parliamentary constitution rights to show displeasure, but they have been banned for a month. “We are all equal the eyes of God but some are more important than others because they in Government of today.

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      This is the folly of UPND we talk about. You think you can break the law with impunity just because you are UPND. You cheat yourselves that you are the only party with educated people so every Zambian has to dance to your tune. Very disgusting indeed. Very nauseating . Mature and humble yourselves UPND.

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    So once one person joins politics,he stops thinking like an educated one?in those 48 bantustan mps,there is Prof.Lungwangwa,Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane,etc.surely these highly educated people cant advise Garry Nkombo’s team to behave well or do civilised politics?UPND used to call PF officials as kaponyas,but what difference is there between upnd & PF officials?INDEED ITS TRUE “THE DEVIL YOU KNOW IS BETTER THAN THE ANGEL YOU DO NOT KNOW!!”
    PF must be maintained in power in 2021 than voting for these trouble makers in upnd!!BRAVO MR.SPEAKER FOR WHAT YOU DID AS THESE MPS WENT TOO FAR!!

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    What this Party needs to do is come out of its ‘political daipers” and grow up. Even if Sata was a wierd politician he wouldnt have pulled such a stance. Things like boycotting events and now Parliament are not helping things ! Even the EEP of South does a better job. UPND and HH need to mature NOW ! Or else you will not see State House ever

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    Oh my word, I did not know that this party was full of useless people. I now know what to do come 2021. No leadership Material whatsoever.

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    Sad indeed, lawlessness is not democracy and democracy is not lawlessness. Ba mwiimbu is a lawyer and a few others they need to be guiding their president and colleagues. This entails that by the time the suspension will be finishing Parliament will have adjourned and MPs will only attend the September opening, will they boycott again, what happens after another boycott another suspension, next expelled ¿?¿????

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    Zambians must learn from South Africa . South Africa democracy is the best in Africa. You can not buy a Judge to punish opposition. This is unacceptable. Build hospitals so that your president can be treated their. Every one in South Africa is laughing. What are duties of a policemen when the president is traveling?

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    Let them save those 30 days .when coming back if they still feel president lungu is not the president of Zambia.here they ve been chance to resign or stay,meaning if they come back it means they have recognise president as duly elected.if they stay away that’s gud for the country coz no one ll eat money for free .

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    Can someone help me understand the logic by UPND? The UPND MPs do not boycott parliament when the Vice President is there. The question is: what is the difference between the electoral process that saw Mama Inonge become Vice President of Zambia and the one that made Edgar Lungu president? How do they differentiate between the two processes for them to accept one and reject the other?

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    whether suspended for only one day or two weeks, the bottom thing is that what they are being punished for does NOT CHANGE. They are better off not going back because they have become irrelevant in the house. Actually I think they are more concerned on the loss of pecks than the chance to contribute to the house debates. 2021 is not far away and you shall register another loss if you continue threatening the peace we cherish.

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    The word boycott entered the English language during the Irish “Land War” and is derived from the name of Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott, the estate agent of an absentee landlord (the Earl Erne) in County Mayo, Ireland.

    Boycott became subject to social ostracism organized by the Irish Land League in 1880. In September that year, protesting tenants demanded from Boycott a substantial reduction in their rents. He not only refused, but also ejected them from the land. The Irish Land League proposed that, rather than resorting to violence, everyone in the locality should refuse to deal with him. Despite the short-term economic hardship to those undertaking this action, Boycott soon found himself isolated—his workers stopped work in the fields, stables, and house. Local businessmen…

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    you can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
    Winners don’t do different things . they do things differently.
    the irony of this saga is the MPs ‘ response.

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    Agents by association with white apartheid mentality. So that one day soon, Zambia, under a UPND regime, can be controlled by satanic forces.

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    Dununa Reverse: If people still doubt the song, just follow UPND opposition party MPs actions. At first I thought it was only HH who thinks in reverse. But looking at his MPs there is no doubt about it, they are the same. They agree to be sworn in by the head of state they do not recognise then they decide to stay away from Parley? This level of thinking cannot take any country any where. I cant even begin to imagine what would have happened had these chaps got 50% of the MPS.

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    Mr Nkombo claims that they are representing the people and were not supposed to leave the house. But when they left the house when the president was addressing the parliament why didn’t he think of people representation? The speaker is right. But don’t take the case to court or else you will remain outside Parliament for good.

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    @gono – How do you know that Mushota is always blogging? Chawamila galu kuluma mbushi hee?

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    If really these MPs are serious with their petition,, why in the first place, they took oath that they will uphold the constitution signed by the head of state, who is ECL, and sow allegiance to the government and president of the Republic of Zambia who is ECL and only to turn around after getting paid from the same cheque signed by ECL and say they do not recognize him as president!! double standards… It was going to make sense if they had stayed away from the beginning and not report to parliament.. why now… I do not understand these politicians of the belly!!!

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    It was going to make sense if they had stayed away from the beginning and not report to parliament.. why now… I do not understand these politicians of the belly!!!

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