Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini says UPND members of Parliament did not breach any parliamentary rule when they walked out of parliament in protest. Matibini instead said walking out is a good strategy to block undesirable bills in parliament.
But Matibini castigated minister of PF information Chishimba Kambwili for insulting in parliament.
Making a ruling on a point of order raised by Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba against UPND MPs for walking out on November 27, 2015, Dr Matibini said “The UPND did not breach the rules of the House when they walked out, but there are negative effects to walk-outs for the electorate and the smooth running of the business of the House,” Dr Matibini said.
He said he premised his ruling partially on a precedence by one of his predecessors Robinson Nabulyato when he ruled in 1992 on walk-outs by UNIP MPs.
“Walk-outs are a political strategy to block bills, motions or any questions which in their opinion are undesirable, unpopular or objectionable.
“However, the consequences of walk-outs during the business of the House have always been negative,” Dr Matibini quoted from Dr Nabulyato’s ruling.
Meanwhile, Dr Matibini has urged MPs to desist from importing ‘unparliamentary’ language used outside into the House because it demeans the dignity, decorum and integrity of Parliament.
Dr Matibini said this in his ruling on the point of order raised by Monze MP Jack Mwiimbu (UPND) against Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chishimba Kambwili for using insulting words on the floor of the House.
“Our rules on etiquette strictly prohibit the use of insulting language in the House. A review of the verbatim record showed that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, in winding up the debate on the vote for his ministry, did use unparliamentary language by quoting what he had said outside the House against The Post newspaper and also by quoting the insulting words from The Post,” Dr Matibini said.