Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has cautioned Members of Parliament to refrain from being emotional and offensive during the Parliamentary debates.
The Speaker said Members should not use words containing insinuations, offensive and un-parliamentary expressions in the house.
He said this during a ruling he made on a point of order raised by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya against Choma Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa for stating that members of the Executive do not think and that the Executive had sold the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC).
The Speaker explained that the statement by Choma Member of Parliament that the leadership does not think properly was offensive to the Executive and that he was out of Order.
The Speaker clarified that Mr. Mweetwa did not refer to the Executive as not thinking but rather that the country has a leadership that does not think properly.
He added that in as far as the Point of Order relates to Mr. Mweetwa alleging that the Executive had sold the NRDC land, the MP did not make the allegation and was therefore not out of order.
Dr. Matibini noted that the manner in which MP’s debate in the House is governed by rules.