SPEAKER Dr Patrick Matibini on Tuesday told Parliament that the matter in which UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema called him a cadre has been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions by the police.
On March 23, 2017, The Mast quoted Hichilema as saying Dr Matibini was a cadre and not fit to sit in Parliament as a Speaker.
Hichilema, in an interview, told The Mast that Dr Matibini was mishandling parliamentary business.
“He is basically a disgrace to the people of Zambia because of the way he is managing Parliament. He is short-changing the citizens because that is Parliament that is supposed to be a strong and independent arm of government but it is not because of lack of leadership from Speaker Matibini. Why am I saying so? Dr Matibini is failing to provide leadership in that House. He allows PF MPs to start singing there ‘Lungu ngatalipo’ inside that House. That is unacceptable! That House should not be abused or be used for praise-singers for Lungu,” said Hichilema.
“That is not the role of Parliament. Parliament is a people’s Parliament and not a PF Parliament. This is not a one party State under the PF. [Dr] Matibini should not have allowed that nonsense. I call it nonsense consciously. That thing of ‘Lungu ngatalipo,’ that’s absolute absurdity and nonsense in that Parliament. It is a reflection of the incapability of the Speaker. This joking and basically laughing around in that House that [Dr] Matibini is doing is unacceptable. That is why he allowed Lungu’s visit to be treated as a political rally platform. You can’t use the Parliament that belongs to 15 million people in that manner.”
Rendering a ruling on points of order raised by PF members of parliament Rodgers Mwewa (Mwansabombwe) and Nickson Chilangwa (Kawambwa Central) against Hichilema’s remarks, Speaker Matibini informed the House that the police had since submitted a docket to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“In a ruling I rendered on the matter on Tuesday 13th June, 2017, I informed the House that the two points of order raised a prima facie case of contempt of the Office of the Speaker which was punishable under…the National Assembly (powers and privileges Act Chapter 12 of the Laws of Zambia.) I accordingly referred the matter to the Inspector General of the Zambia Police Service for investigation and possible prosecution in accordance with Section 27 of the National Assembly powers and privileges Act. Honourable members, I wish to inform the House that 21st March, 2018, the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly wrote to the Office of the Inspector General inquiring the status of the complaint,” said Speaker Matibini.
“In response, the Inspector General…a letter dated 8th May, 2018 (stated) that the police have submitted the docket on the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions. That is therefore the current status of this matter. At this juncture, I wish to remind the House that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is an independent constitutional office established pursuant to Article 181 of the Constitution of Zambia. Once the matter has been dealt with by the relevant authorities, the House and the public at large will be informed accordingly.”