THE suspension of Mazabuka member of parliament from the house could be a trick to have Bill 10 debated in the chamber without his fearless voice, says Lackson Kazabu.
And Kazabu, a former Nkana member of parliament and deputy minister of fisheries and livestock, says the money owed to Zambians by ministers who remained in office after Parliament was dissolve in 2016 should have been paid like yesterday.
Commenting on the suspension of Nkombo by the Speaker of Parliament Dr Patrick Matibini, Kazabu said inasmuch as the Mazabuka lawmaker did commit an offence in line with Standing Orders of the House, suspension was punitive.
“Yesterday was a sad day because the Speaker decided to suspend the voice of the people, a very strong voice of the people in the name of Garry Nkombo…I can’t help in concluding that may be this is a trick so that they can bring that Bill 10 to the Chamber for debate and then minus that very strong voice of the people,” he said.
“I must say that, I am one person that appreciates the role that Honourable Garry Nkombo is playing in the chamber, he is fearless, he articulates issues and I think that is the basis that he is disliked by the people on the right [government side] but however, all these happenings are under God’s watch; one day those that are inflicting injustices on others will repay. But in as far as I am concerned, yesterday [Tuesday] was a very bad day and I follow the debates in the chamber and I must say that among the fearless voices of the people, Garry’s voice
On the issue of PF ministers repaying money they got while in office after the dissolution of Parliament in 2016, Kazabu said it was sad that President Edgar Lungu could say that the ministers wanted to sue him.
“He was quoted as saying that the minister who remained in office in 2016 were planning to sue because they believed that they rendered services which should have been paid for. I want to say that this is a very straightforward case; the ruling by the ConCourt was that those colleagues of mine who stayed behind after Parliament was dissolved did so illegally, unconstitutionally, meaning therefore that whatever happened whilst they remained in office becomes null and void. They were employed by the Zambian people who elected them to go to Parliament on which basis they become ministers, so the moment the employer said your term has ended here…it means that even the portfolios they held fell away,” he said.
Kazabu added that he was surprised that there was such kind of thinking that the ministers deserved the money.
“For me, the thinking does not have logic, the truth of the matter is that the court made a ruling that whatever moneys were paid to those people should be paid back, end of story. Even if they were to sue, they will be told that they volunteered their services because their masters had already terminated the services and if you volunteer and in the process you get injured, it’s not the fault of your employer, it’s your fault. I like the legal saying that: ‘Volenti non fit injuria’ meaning that if you volunteer and in the process you get injured you cannot claim damages,” he said.
“In as far as we are concerned, we are waiting for people’s money to be paid back and it should have been paid back like yesterday so that we can sort out a few issues in the social sector of the economy, health and education for instance and of course give clean and safe water, especially for our people in the rural areas, give them a few
boreholes,” said Kazabu.