Take caderism outside parley, Katuka warns Lusambo



The behaviour by PF Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo to slap former Chief Government Spokesperson and former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili  at Parliament is not just disgraceful but a serious demonstration of poor leadership in the Patriotic Front(PF) led government, United Party for National Development (UPND) Secretary General Steven Katuka has charged.

“Unfortunately ,we feel Speaker Patrick  Matibini could have intervened quickly by  disallowing breach of Standing Orders by  PF MP Jean Kapata to rise for a counter point of order,” Katuka said.

He said UPND  also expected  Speaker Matibini to ensure there is adherence to standing orders by all Members of Parliament regardless of their political affiliation.

“We are of the view that the Speaker should have intervened to avoid the situation to degenerate,” the UPND strongman said.

He added that it is  disheartening that this lawlessness and thuggery  behaviour does not only manifest in the PF leadership but at the PF grassroots too.

UPND Secretary General Steven Katuka

“When we warned the nation of PF thuggery behaviour, this is exactly what we meant,” Katuka said.

Katuka warned  Bowman Lusambo to leave caderism outside parliament when he is representing electorates.

“Parliament is not a boxing ring but a legislative house.

It is not in the best interest of the nation for law-makers to engage in physical fights.

Law-makers are expected to debate matters and agree to disagree,” the former parliamentarian charged.

“We pray that the  speaker Matibini will take a decisive step to  punish Bowman Lusambo and Jean Kapata for gross misconduct as he did for UPND MPs,” he hoped.