Re­spect each other, Lungu tells MPs

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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.

Pres­i­dent Lungu

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