Roan PF Member Chishimba Kambwili on Tuesday told Parliament that Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo slapped him twice in the car park at Parliament Buildings.
Mr Kambwili also alleged that Lands Minister Jean Kapata poured a full bottle of water during the fracas.
Mr Kambwili rose on a point of order and reported to Speaker Patrick Matibini that he had been attacked by Mr Lusambo and Ms Kapata in the car park in the presence of Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Finance Minister Felix Mutati and MMD faction National Secretary Racheal Nakachinda.
Mr Kambwili said Mr. Lusambo slapped him twice unprovoked and started hurling insults at him.
“Mr Speaker, I stand on a very serious point of order, Mr Speaker when I walked out, I went and stood with honorable Kalaba and honorable Imakando. As we were talking, I was approached by Honourable Lusambo who came and told me ‘we are going to deal with you for your accusation against government’. I did not not answer him and he slapped me, two slaps. Two slaps in the presence of honorable Kalaba and the General secretary for the MMD Mr Nakachinda. While I was retreating, Jean Kapata came with a bottle of water,” Mr Kambwili narrated.
He continued, “Honourable Jean Kapata came where I was, she sprinkled a full bottle of water on me and started insulting me, some of the insults that I cannot mention on the radio. And the only thing I told her ‘if you are a thief, what am saying affects you but if you are not a thief why attack me?’ and I came back to the chamber. Are these two honorable members of parliament in order to start behaving like thugs at the National Assembly premises without taking due regard of their responsibilities that the people of Zambia have sent them to this house?”
“Are they in order to attack me at the presence of parliament? I need your serious ruling. Thank you Mr Speaker,” Mr Kambwili said.
And Speaker Matibini has reserved ruling in the matter.
He said the report needs to be investigated after which the House will be appraised of the next course of action.
Later, Ms Kapata also rose on a point of order and attempted to defend her actions.
“Mr Speaker, I rose earlier on a point of order and thats the point of order which I wanted to raise. Is the honorable member of parliament for Roan, Mr Speaker in order to go round every radio station, whatever the point of order he has raised has where its coming from, going on all the radio stations and calling me Jean Kapata that am a thief, I have stolen through Mukula?”
She said, “I have been a member of parliament for this house for 15 years to build one house, ‘you are a thief’ honorable Kambwili, I don’t have time to be going to court to waste time, this is why Mr Speaker when he walk out of the house after honorable Chitotela’s answers, he started insulting us and calling us names outside and you wanted us to keep quiet and watch him?”
“I need your serious ruling Mr Speaker, Mr Kambwili must be tamed as member of parliament, he must behave like a honorable member of parliament,” Ms Kapata said.