UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) Members of Parliament yesterday stormed out of parliament for the second day to protest what they claim is a continued violation of their rights by Government.
But Katuba Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa, who has not been part of the protesting MPs, came in the House after the afternoon break and participated in the delibertions.
The MPs vowed to continue protesting until their “abuse of their human rights” was stopped by the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini.
Their action followed UPND Kalomo Central Member of Parliament Request Muntanga a point to find out from the Speaker whether Government and the minister of home affairs were in order to keep quiet over the violence that erupted in Kitwe on Wednesday.
But Dr Matibini ruled that, the minister of home Affairs should issue a ministerial statement early next week .
“Mr Speaker our members were attacked on Wednesday morning by known PF cadres but after attacking them, police started arresting the same people who were attacked,
“Our President Mr Hichilema and his team were traveling to Luanshya to visit the party structures but the police blocked them from going into Luanshya. Is this government and the ministry of home affairs in order to continue instructing the police to attack members of the opposition” Mr Muntanga said.
He said the UPND wanted to know whether the country was a police state or one party state.
“Mr Speaker is this government in order? I need your serious ruling?” Mr Muntanga who was visibly annoyed asked.
In his ruling Mr Speaker directed Minister of Home
Affairs Davis Mwila to issue a ministerial statement early next week.
“My ruling is that I will give the minister of home affairs to issue a ministerial statement in the course next week, if I may add early next
week,” Dr Matibini said
After walking out of the House yesterday, UPND MPs held caucus meeting under the trees in the car park where the resolved to continue boycotting deliberations of the House.
And briefing the press later Choma Central Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa said it did not require Mr Muntanga to raise a point of order for the Speaker to rule that the minister of home affairs should issue a ministerial statement over the matter.
Mr Mweetwa vowed to continue protesting in parliament as long as nobody including the Head of State had put an end to the continued violation of their rights.
“We as Member of Parliament from the opposition have decided to continue with our protest by walking out of parliament until government and the PF stops infringing on our rights of assembly and movement,” Mr Mweetwa said.