SHAKAFUSWA CROSS SWORDS OVER BANTUSTAN TAG IN PARLIAMENT

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The bad blood between the United Party for National Development and its Katuba Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa boiled over in parliament forcing Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini to ban the word Bantustan from parliamentary business.
And Vice President Inonge Wina said that no political leader could enter State House on the basis of one tribe.
Shakafuswa who has switched allegiance to the ruling Patriotic Front despite being an MP on the UPND ticket has been on a collision path with his former party for having repeatedly labelled them a tribal grouping.

The Katuba lawmaker was forced to retract his insinuation that the UPND was a Bantustan grouping by the Speaker of the National Assembly.
Matibini ruled that the term was derogatory and inapplicable to the Zambian scenario.
He was ruling on a matter that drew repeated points of order from UPND Members of Parliament.
Monze Central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu had rose on a point of order wondering why Shakafuswa had continued conducting parliamentary business under the UPND despite having declared his PF allegiance.

Shakafuwa had during the Vice President’s Question Time asked what government was doing to curb politics anchored on Bantustan politics.
Matibini said that it was difficult for him to make a ruling given the numerous shifts in parliament during the period leading to the elections.
Earlier Wina said that any Zambian was free to rule the country but advised that the aspiration should never be based on tribe.
Wina also said that the country was ready to hold areferendum alongside the August 11 general elections.

 

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