Garry Nkombo chased out of Parley

UPND Chief Whip Garry Nkombo was yesterday chased from Parliament after accusing Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini of failing to perform his functions. This was after Mr Nkombo refused to obey the guidance by Dr Matibini when he was cautioned against accusing the Patriotic Front (PF) of having stolen the August 11th general election results in his maiden speech. During his opening remarks, Mr Nkombo claimed the people of Mazabuka and himself believed that the August 11, 2016 general election was highly fraudulent and that the UPND was robbed of victory. “The people of Mazabuka and myself believe that the past election results were highly fraudulent,” Mr Nkombo claimed. His remark incensed PF members of Parliament who protested against Mr Nkombo’s claims prompting the Speaker to provide guidance to the UPND Parliamentarian. In quelling the confusion caused by Mr Nkombo, the Speaker guided and warned Mr Nkombo to stop debating about the election results being fraudulent because it was subjudice. “We had elections, which were conducted on the 11th August 2016. They were managed by ECZ which is a body that this House has mandated to conduct general elections. ECZ duly announced the outcome and as we all know, the results were challenged. Those who challenged the results proceeded to the appropriate brunch of government specifically the Constitutional Court,” Dr Matibini said. He explained that the nation duly waited for the Constitutional Court to process the matter and that a ruling had been passed. “At the end of the day, that particular challenge was closed and at the closure of that chapter, the results that were announced by ECZ remained undisturbed. The declaration by ECZ remains undisturbed. It remains undisturbed and that is the results that my office is aware of,” Dr Matibini said. He stated that the results announced by ECZ as far as the debates were concerned were the ones he would recognize in the debates. Dr Matibini cautioned that if the opposition would continue referring to the results as stolen or fraudulent, the PF members would rise because as far they were concerned the results were genuine, bornafide, official and conclusive. Dr Matibini said that Parliament could only go by the ruling of the Constitutional Courts and the doctrine of separation of powers. “The issue was duly processed in the court. This body (Parliament) or any member is not competent to begin adjudicating on this matter,” Dr Matibini said. And after being guided and allowed to continue debating, Mr Nkombo ignored Dr Matibini’s ruling that the election results were not manipulated and continued claiming that it was his position and the UPND that the results were fraudulent. “I can only take it that the honorable member is trying to challenge the Speaker,” Dr Matibini warned Mr Nkombo. The Mazabuka lawmaker later abused PF Parliamentarians branding them as drunks who were disturbing his debate about Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba as being Zambia’s uniting factors. And when the Speaker reminded him (Nkombo) that it was his task to control members who were passing running comments to his debate, he accused the Speaker of not performing his functions and got chased from the House. “Leave the House and come back tomorrow!” Dr Matibini ordered.

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