Norton legislator Temba Mliswa was on Wednesday banned from six Parliamentary sittings. The ban was imposed by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Jacob Mudenda who cited disorderly conduct in the Chamber.
The ban was imposed following Mliswa’s repeated interjections which in turn disrupted the business of the House.
Earlier on, Adv Mudenda had reprimanded Mr Mliswa for disorderly conduct that he did last week where, in a fit of rage, he charged at another legislator, not for the first time.
This is the first time advocate Mudenda has invoked the newly approved measures in the Standing Orders which were adopted by Parliament a fortnight ago allowing a presiding officer to prevent a legislator from attending sittings for a prescribed period.
Below is the full altercation between Mliswa and Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda before Mliswa was ordered out.
HON. T. MLISWA: Sir, they are provoking me. My dad taught that if I am beaten up at school, I must also hit back. They must be restrained, they are old people. I respect them and there are some ladies who are doing that and who are old enough to be my mother. Can they behave like mothers and not be involved in the fight of kids.
THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order. Can you sit down, please
Hon. Member? Hon. Mliswa, what you were told by your father is inapplicable because at that time you were not a Member of Parliament.
Allow the Chair to control the House. Thank you.
THE HON. SPEAKER: Hon. Sikhala, can we be procedural?
HON. SIKHALA: If these people continue to provoke like this Mr. Speaker and you protect them – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections] – [HON. T. MLISWA: I am ready to be suspended. I am better off in my Constituency than a bunch of empty heads like these …
THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order. Hon. Mliswa, order. – [HON. T. MLISWA: Why are you not reprimanding them. Order, I will answer you. Hon. Mliswa, can you withdraw your language again?
HON. T. MLISWA: I cannot be told to withdraw all the time when others are not told to withdraw. It never works like that. The law is for both sides. Therefore, I withdraw but may they be reprimanded when it is their time. We are also human. Our self esteem is important when we come here. We were elected by people. They have the manifesto which they cannot follow and the economy is dying, why do they not work on that and call Government. The Ministers do not come.
THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order, order Hon. Mliswa. The
Standing Order says and this will apply to Hon. Sikhala. If there is a Member who is making certain a pronouncement, bring this to the attention of the Chair.
HON. T. MLISWA: Mr. Speaker, I brought it up. On Hon. Chanda, I brought it up. It was well heard. I pleaded that I am being attacked, I kept on being attacked I said I can attack back. Over my dead father’s body, people heard me say that, please rescue me. I was being attacked but in your ruling you did not even reprimand him. The truth must be said and I am prepared to be suspended for the truth. My Constituency is more important than being in this House.
THE HON. SPEAKER: Hon. Mliswa, you are removed from the House for the next six sittings. – [HON. T. MLISWA: Even for good, I do not like being here. It is a useless House Mr. Speaker, it must be fair. Not partisan. My Constituency is more important.] – Hon. T. Mliswa left the House.