UPND Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo should never again lower the decorum, integrity and dignity of the National Assembly, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has warned.
And Mr. Nkombo has apologized to the Speaker of the National Assembly and to the nation for insulting Northern Province minister Freedom Sikazwe in Parliament last year.
Dr Matibini warned Mr. Nkombo against insults or conduct that threatened the integrity, rules and regulations of the National Assembly.
“Your conduct lowered the integrity and dignity enjoyed by this House. Let me remind you that your title of Honorable member demands that you conduct yourself in a manner that will uphold the integrity and prestige, decorum and integrity of the House. I therefore call upon you to conduct yourself in a manner befitting of your title honorable member,” warned Dr. Matibini.
He said Mr. Nkombo’s behaviour was not only shocking to the Speaker but also to the public who listened to the insults.
“Mr. Nkombo your conduct is shocking not only to me as Speaker but also to the House as a whole and the public at large. This is because you are a long-standing member of this House, the Whip of your political party and a member of the committee on Privileges, Absences and on support services. Your conduct therefore should be exemplary,” Dr. Matibini rebuked Mr. Nkombo.
Dr. Matibini reminded Mr. Nkombo that he was a member of the disciplinary committee, adding that his conduct was absurd and unbefitting of a member of Parliament.
“I must imagine, it was awkward for your fellow committee members to consider a matter from their own. I do hope that this is the last time you will be a subject of a matter before that committee. Mr. Nkombo, I do hope that you realise and regret that your conduct became a subject of public discussion in a manner demeaning the House,” he said.
Dr. Matibini explained that Mr. Nkombo was in breach of parliamentary etiquette, adding he regretted the action.
And rendering his apology to Parliament yesterday, Mr. Nkombo said he had reflected on his utterances which were unparliamentary and that they had caused pain and ridicule to the House.
“Mr. Speaker, I Garry Nkombo do unreservedly apologize to yourself, to this august House and to the nation and the public at large for the obscene word against Honourable Sikazwe on the floor of this House contrary to the rule of the house. Sir, I have reflected very carefully on my action and I do not only take responsibility but do agree that it amounted to a very serious breach of the rule of procedure and I apologise,” Mr. Nkombo said.
“I have listened very carefully to your wise counsel and guidance that you have given me in your discourse of admonition and it is for this reason Sir that I wish to give you unwavering assurance and to this august House that in the near future or far I will abide by the rule and procedures of this house and in all other ways to act in a manner befitting a member of this House. Thank you for your lenience and I beg to resume my seat.”