ROAN PF member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili sent the House into amusement yesterday, as he stammered and hesitated to read his apology in a matter where Speaker Dr Patrick Matibini reprimanded him in March for making unsubstantiated allegations on the floor of the House against home affairs minister Steven Kampyongo.
Speaker Matibini started by reminding members of parliament about his ruling on March 20 2018, in which he reprimanded Kambwili in absentia for breach of parliamentary privilege by making unsubstantiated allegations on the floor of the House against Kampyongo, who is also Shiwang’andu PF member of parliament.
“I informed the House that since a member who is reprimanded for breach of parliamentary privileges is required to apologise, Kambwili would render his apology on the day he returns to the House,” Speaker Matibini said.
He then ordered Kambwili to stand behind the bar of the House and further instructed the Sergeant at Arms to take the Speaker’s mace and stand behind the lawmaker.
“I now order Dr C. Kambwili to read his apology immediately,” Speaker Matibini ordered.
Kambwili, apparently either under duress or mere wit, started reading his apology, fidgeting once in a while.
Upon noticing that Kambwili was attempting to speak off-the-cuff, Speaker Matibini cautioned him and said: “As a matter of fact, I have a copy of your [written] apology in front of me and I would urge you to read as it is.”
“Honourable Kambwili, do not qualify your apology. Read it as it is! There is some word you’ve missed,” Speaker Matibini advised, as the House burst into laughter.
Kambwili then said: “Sir, but nachishupa (it’s difficult)!”
Speaker Matibini chipped in and said: “try, try, try. Honourable Kambwili, we have a lot of business to dispatch.”
Kambwili, who is also, opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) political consultant, then read his apology and said: “Having reflected on my conduct which amounts to the breach of parliamentary privilege and contempt of the House, I wish to assure you sir and the august House that from now I shall endeavour to ensure that the information I give on the floor of the House is in compliance with the rules and regulations.”
Once he had satisfactorily read, Speaker Matibini ordered Kambwili to take his seat.
On March 20 this year, Speaker Matibini ordered Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo “to take the walk of shame through the main entrance door of the Assembly” after the House resolved that the Kabushi PF member of parliament be suspended for 30 days for his inappropriate conduct within the precincts of Parliament in October 2017.
The Speaker also had suspended lands minister Jean Kapata for seven days for unbefitting behaviour but the House, after an electronic voting, resolved otherwise.