Respect each other, Lungu tells MPs
By OSCAR MALIPENGA PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has advised members of Parliament to respect one another and use sober language.
He said provoking each other as MPs was not right.
Speaking at ZAF’s city airport before departure to Eastern Province yesterday, Mr Lungu said discipline was cardinal.
He was responding to questions from journalists who wanted to find out his view on two PF MPs who allegedly physically attacked each other at Parliament grounds last week.
“When they fight in Cabinet I deal with the matter and when they fight in Parliament the Speaker will guide and when they fight in the Judiciary the court will rule.
“But I think overall discipline is required wherever you are, respect for one another sobriety of language, choice of words,” he said.
President Lungu said it was easy for somebody to react whenever provoked.
Meanwhile, Mr Lungu said probing of fire tender deal had nothing to do with the Speaker.
He was responding to a question on 64 members of Parliament who had allegedly petitioned the Speaker to probe the 64 fire trucks
President Lungu said some PF MPs who were part of the petition should be ignored.
“The Speaker knows his domain and jurisdiction. I don’t think matters like that fall under him but this shows you one thing, the quality of your MPs is what matters.
“If you choose people who know what they are there for as MPs, you can’t even petition the Speaker to query a transaction like that but I will leave it up to him to decide whether it lies in his jurisdiction to determine,” President Lungu said.