Parliament mute on Kaingu


PARLIAMENT says it cannot comment on the controversy surrounding Education Minister Michael Kaingu and Namwala MP Moono Lubezhi because the matter was being investigated by an appropriate committee on privileges.

According to the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly, Parliament would only respond after the committee completed its work.

The official said responding to public comments would prejudice the work of the committee.

This is in a matter in which Dr Kaingu is alleged to have insulted Ms Lubezhi by calling her “Dorika”.

Last week, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly M’khondo Lungu said the Parliamentary committee on privileges was handling the matter.

This followed a point of order by Sinda member of Parliament Levy Ngoma whether it was in order for Dr Kaingu to insult Ms Lubezhi.

And Dr Kaingu has apologized for the remark but refuted media reports alleging that he called Ms Lubezhi a “prostitute”.

“I never insulted Ms Lubezhi and it all started as a joke as she is my tribal cousin and it is unfortunate that there are people who just want to seek sympathy and it is a ploy people are using in trying to gain political mileage,” said Dr Kaingu.

Dr Kaingu said if calling Ms Lubezhi, “Dorika” could be likened to a prostitute, then it was justifiable for him to apologize to her although he did not mean it in that way.