It is somewhat disturbing what characterised headlines at our parliament buildings, pertaining to the fight and a bitter exchange of unpalatable language between Hon. Chishimba Kambwili, Hon. Bowman Lusambo and Hon. Jean Kapata.
As a young democrat and political activist am deeply perturbed that our once noble institution of parliament has been allowed to degenerate into a “mini kangaroo court” to settle personal scores other than to advance the needs of the Zambian people. My disappointment goes to the three honourable members, Hon. Lusambo, Hon. Kapata and Hon. Kambwili, because neither of them is innocent in their actions.
The continued standoff between Hon. Lusambo and Hon. Kambwili is unhealthy for our country and must be stopped. Can the two rise above themselves, and face reality. Hon. Lusambo must realise that he is a leader hence he is not insulated from criticism, insults and provocation. To whom much is given, much is expected. And Hon. Kambwili must realise that much as he has issues with Hon. Lusambo, Lusambo is now his Minister and must be accorded the respect he deserves however young he may be.
It is but an outrageous behaviour what has been allowed to obtain in our parliament, where the civility of honourable debate has completely been lost. For us as young people we are not inspired by the current crop of most political leaders in our parliament.
On one hand Hon. Bowman Lusambo slapping a fellow member Hon. Chishimba Kambwili on parliament grounds is an inescapable and inexcusable injury to the appointment of more young and vibrant youth leaders in politics. Hon. Lusambo is expected to be a shining example to us young people, and must be civil in whatever engagements, irrespective of whether he is under maximum provocation. Otherwise youths will continue to be seen as tools for violence.
On the other hand Hon. Chishimba Kambwili using personal provocative and unpalatable running commentries against his fellow honourable members inside parliament is not only uncivil but immature coming from an old and experienced parliamentarian. By and large, the Zambian people expect alot more from Honourable Kambwili in the manner he behaves and conducts himself, because he has served longer in parliament.
Also that he is a former cabinet minister in the same government. His level of provocation can be construed to be a recipe for whatever transpired and it must be curtailed. We implore the two colleagues to be more civil and uphold the decorum and shape of our parliament and leave it the way they found it.
The Zambian people are closely watching and they will not only judge them for the development they take to their constituencies but far much more for their conduct in public life. They must realise that it is not an entitlement that they are in leadership but a great privilege given to them by the Zambian people.