The behaviour by PF copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo to slap former Chief governement spokesperson and former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili at Parliament is not just disgraceful but a serious demonstration of poor leadership in the PF led government.
Unfortunately ,we feel Speaker Patrick Matibini could have intervened quickly by disallowing breach of Standing Orders by PF MP Jean Kapata to rise for a counter point of order.
As a party ,we also expect the Speaker Matibini to ensure there is adherence to standing orders by all Members of Parliament regarless of their political affiliation.
We are of the view that the Speaker should have intervened to avoid the situation to degenerate.
It is also disheartening that this lawlessness and thuggery behaviour does not only manifest in the PF leadership but at the PF grassroots too.
When we warned the nation of PF thuggery behaviour, this is exactly what we meant.
We wish to warn Bowman Lusambo to leave caderism outside parliament when he is representing electorates.
Parliament is not a boxing ring but a legislative house.
It is not in the best interest of the nation for law-makers to engage in physical fights.
Law-makers are expected to debate matters and agree to disagree.
We pray that the speaker Matibini will take a decisive step to punish Bowman Lusambo and Jean Kapata for gross misconduct as he did for UPND MPs.
Issued by :
UPND Secretary General.