Freedom Sikazwe calls Garry Nkombo a dog as VIP says only 37 civil servants retired in national interest

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State House Minister Freedom Sikazwe called UPND Mazabuka law maker Garry Nkombo a fool and dog in parliament on Friday during the Vice Presidents question time.
And Vice President Inonge Wina told Parliament that only 37 civil servants have been retired in national interest across the country this year.
The verbal attacks from Sikazwe came after Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili posed a question to the Vice President.
Kambwili asked the Vice President why Chinese firms were still being allowed to engage in brick making when there was a policy restricting such businesses to local Zambians. The question however infuriated Sikazwe resulting in an altercation with Kambwili.
Monze UPND law maker Jack Mwiimbu then raised a point of order and asked whether Sikazwe was in order to threaten Kambwili for merely asking a question.
‘Is Sikazwe in order to threaten Kambwili arising from his question? A fight almost ensued here,’ Mwiimbu said.
But Speaker Patrick Matibini said he did not see or hear what happened but ordered all members to be civil in the house.
Sikazwe however continued to verbally attack Kambwili forcing UPND Mazabuka law maker Garry Nkombo to rise on a point of order.
‘The behaviour of Honourable Sikazwe is becoming un becoming Mr Speaker,’ Nkombo said as Sikazwe immediately responded in Bemba that he (Nkombo was a fool) ‘Uko ku tumpa’ Sikazwe shouted.
Sikazwe then walked out of the house even before Speaker Matibini could respond to the point of order and shouted ‘Wembwawe’ (you dog) as he walked out. The Speaker reserved his Ruling.
And Vice President Inonge Wina told Parliament that only 37 civil servants have been retired in national interest across the country this year.
She said the distribution of affected workers by province was 1 for Central Province, 3 in Eastern Province, 2 in Lusaka, 9 in Southern Province, 5 in Northern Province, 2 in Western Province and 15 in North Western Province.
She was responding to a question which was posed by Hon Jack Mwiimbu on 24th February 2017 on whether it was government policy to punish workers based on where they come from.
Vice President Inonge Wina claimed that the figure she released proves that no tribe was targeted as almost all provinces had workers retired in national interest. Wina however only gave out figures without names and did not give any proof of where the affected workers originated from.
She said that in some instances the retirements were carried out in order to enhance efficiency.
But Hon Mwiimbu argued that the figure reported by the Vice President was far much lower to the figures which the UPND has and requested that a parliamentary committee be set up to investigate the matter as the UPND was ready to submit evidence.

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