Patriotic Front (PF) members of Parliament threatening to block the 2015 national Budget if the party does not adopt Minister of Defence and Justice Edgar Lungu as presidential candidate are breaching the ministerial code of conduct, says Mazabuka (UPND) Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo.
He said the process of passing the Budget was important and Constitutional and should not be disturbed by intra-party democratic challenges in the ruling party.
Mr Nkombo said this when he rose on a point of order following reports that PF members of Parliament have threatened not to pass the Budget if Mr Lungu was not adopted as a PF presidential candidate.
“In the last few days, we have witnessed a lot of disappointing and yet interesting statements from certain ministers…
“Aborting this process by ministers of Government, who are supposed to defend this particular Budget amounts to breach of the ministerial code of conduct,” he said.
Mr Nkombo said one of the functions of parliamentarians was to approve the Budget which was prepared by the Ministry of Finance.
Mr Nkombo said if the Budget was not approved, then the governance of the country would be paralysed.
“If we do not go through this process, this country could be paralysed. As though that is not enough, we have just come out of bereavement (death of President Michael Sata), which has delayed this process of approving the Budget and it has caused difficulties on the country’s treasury,” he said.
Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Mkondo Lungu reserved ruling until after studying the issue.