Parliamentary Committee on Privileges has cleared Education Minister Michael Kaingu from allegations of having insulted Namwala MP Moono Lubezhi when he called her “Dorika”.
Writing on behalf of Clerk of the National Assembly, a Ms Cecilia Sikatele said the matter was considered and disposed of by the Committee on Privileges, Absences and Support Services last month in that the incident happened outside the House.
“In accordance with Standing Order 130 of the National Assembly Standing Orders 2005, the meetings of this committee are held in camera,” she said.
Ms Sikatele also said the National Assembly was not competent to comment on Dr Kaingu’s apology to Ms Lubezhi through the media, as it was rendered in his personal capacity.
This was in a matter in which Dr Kaingu, who is Mwandi member of Parliament, was alleged to have insulted Ms Lubezhi when he called her “Dorika”.
He later apologized for the remark but refuted media reports alleging that he called her a “prostitute”.
Dr Kaingu said if calling Ms Lubezhi, “Dorika” could be likened to a prostitute, then it was justifiable for him to apologize to her although he did not mean that.
Ms Sikatele further said Parliament was not competent to comment on the calls for Dr Kaingu to resign from his ministerial position because his appointment was the prerogative of the President and therefore the decision to resign from a portfolio was a personal one.