KABUSHI Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo has asked President Hakainde Hichilema to forgive him for wongs committed in his previous manner of conducting politics.
And Mr Lusambo popularly known as a ‘bulldozer’ says he has changed his style politics from name calling or tribal to being civil, fortified on facts and delivered with the full sincerity on the need for nation building.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Mr Lusambo said he has also forgiven President Hichilema and his administration for inflicting pain on his family.
“It is evident that President Hichilema and his government have inflicted pain on me and my family, we forgive him wholeheartedly and we don’t hold any grudges. In the same token, we know that some of our actions and words may have injured the Head of State and the First Family, from the deepest part of our hearts, we apologize and seek his forgiveness. We wish to turn a new page in our approach to politics and our first point of call is for us to make peace with all those we may wronged in our previous manner of conducting politics,” he said.
And Mr Lusambo said over the last few months, he engaged in heightened criticism of President Hakainde Hichilema’s New Dawn administration.
He however said he has changed his approach to politics by allowing the government to enjoy and fully execute their mandate.
Mr Lusambo said he will engage in matters that only go to develop the nation adding thathe will not dwell on name calling, character assassination and tribal divisiveness.
He said his approach henceforth shall be civil, fortified on facts and delivered with the full sincerity on the need for nation building.
“Understandably so, our criticism has been premised on the strong understanding that the UPND over promised during election campaigns. Our heavy handed approach to our politics has been driven by a clear conviction that Zambia deserves better and can and should be better.
The UPND received a resounding mandate from the Zambian people on 12th August 2021, that victory gave them an opportunity to preside over our national affairs for five years. Taking full recognisance that the UPND still has well over four years to govern, we wish to announce that our approach to politics will now change.
As we do so, we will not take our eyes off our collective resolve to develop this country. We will voice out when need arises. We will point issues that we do not agree with but the central theme of our message will be development,” he said.
The Kabushi law maker said his primary focus will now be on serving the people of Kabushi. With the new CDF model to deliver sustainable solutions to the problems that continue to plaque his Constituency.
He said he remains resolved to support President Hichilema’s fight against corruption as it is noble and intended to help develop Zambia.
“If there are any resources that belong to Zambia that may have been looted, they should be recovered and rechanneled for the benefit of all.
We also strongly believe that this fight should be conducted in a just, fair and humane manner.
We will support this government to deliver to the Zambian people as they promised because if the UPND delivers, Zambia wins,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, May, 21st, 2022)
President Hakainde Hichilema to attend state funeral of late Namibian President Hage G. Geingob in Windhoek
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is tomorrow expected to travel to Windhoek, Namibia on to attend the State Funeral of Dr Hage G.Geingob, late President of the Republic of Namibia.
In a statement issued by acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mulambo Haimbe said the Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, 24th February 2024 at Independence Stadium with attendance anticipated from foreign Heads of State and Government alongside other invited dignitaries.
“The Burial Service will take place on Sunday, 25th February 2024 at Heroes Acre,” he said.
President Geingob, 82, passed away on 4th February 2024 in Namibia, having served as President of the Republic of Namibia from 2015 until his passing.
Mr Haimbe said President Hichilema is expected to return to Zambia immediately after his engagement.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)
Munir defies dress code,named and suspended from parliamentary proceedings
BARELY 24 hours after Speaker Nelly Mutti’s directive against traditional wear in Parliament, Lumezi Member of Parliament Munir Zulu has defied the order, leading to his suspension from Parliament.
The speaker has since named Mr Zulu for grossly disorderly behavior, stating that he had deliberately defied the guidance given yesterday.
This was after Mr Zulu was spotted in Parliament wearing a traditional attire of the people of Luapula.
“I am sure honourable member for Lumezi knows the dress code. And yesterday Members were guided so honourable member for Lumezi is deliberately defying the order and guidance given. Under the circumstances, honourable Member for Lumezi, I will name you,” she said.
“Mr Munir Zulu I find your behaviour grossly disorderly and sending you away for today’s sitting is insufficient. I therefore in accordance with standing order 208 name you,” she said.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mutale Nalumango says those threatening to have free education removed are irresponsible and should not be trusted.
Mrs Nalumango said free education is not an area to tamper with as it has given hope to many vulnerable children.
Mrs Nalumango was responding to a concern raised by Kabwe central Member of Parliament Chrizoster Phiri Halwindi during the Vice President question session ,who expressed concern by some leaders commenting that they will remove the free education policy.
However, Mrs Nalumango said it is unbelievable and saddening to hear some leaders utter such comments.
“It is actually unbelievable that any leader in any country would stand to fight free education.You truly want children to remain on the streets? You want the girl child to marry at 14-years old because they cannot go to school? You want boys to be fluffies or junkies? Free education has given hope, or did you want to be the only ones whose children go to school so that you continue to do wrong things? Therefore, it is irresponsible for anyone to declare that,” she said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)
Speaker bars MPs from wearing Ngoni traditional headgear in Parliament.
SPEAKER of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has ordered Members of Parliament not to to wear the Nc’wala traditional ceremony head gear in the house as doing so is against parliamentary rules.
All roads are leading to the Eastern Province ahead of the ceremony taking place on Saturday.
Some MPs have been caught in the excitement to the extent of putting on the head gear in Parliament before being ruled out by the speaker.
Ms Mutti advised the MPs to show their support outside the house as standing order 206 (1) (C) does not allow for the wearing head gears in the house.
“Honourable members, I have one announcement to make to effect that it was observed yesterday during the sitting of the house that some members wire the Ngoni traditional head gear. This is possibly in support of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.
“”I wish to however, advise the house that standing order number 206 (1) (C) of the National Assembly standing orders 2021 is instructive of attire that is permissible. The provision allows members to wear decent traditional attire such as ‘Siziba’.
“[The] Decency of attire is a question of fact and maybe viewed differently especially if worn in an incomplete manner. I therefore find that the wearing of the Ngoni traditional head gear in the house was inappropriate in accordance with standing orders. Therefore I will not permit henceforth any honorable member to continue wearing such attires in the house,” Ms Mutti said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Local Government Garry Nkombo has said the national mourning declared in respect of the passing of President of Namibia Hage Geingob will not affect celebration of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony.
He made the announcement following a concern raised by his Chitambo counterpart, Remember Mutale, through a matter of urgent public importance.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)