Namugala scolds MPs in the habit of going to Parley just to earn allowances

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Catherine Namugala

First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine
Namugala says members of parliament who are in a habit of going
to the House just to log in, get their allowances and leave
must think of the poor people who voted for them.

She was responding to Mafinga PF member of parliament Jacob
Siwale who rose on a point of procedure today, wanting to know
if it was in order for his Roan counterpart Chishimba Kambwili
to just go in the House, log in and then go immediately after
being paid.

“Madam, is it procedure for the honorable member of Roan to
come to this honorable House, every time, he just comes to log
in, get paid and off he goes, I need your serious ruling,” said
Siwale.

But Namugala generalized her response saying she was aware that
there were others who were in the habit of leaving shortly
after logging in.

“The position of the chair is that, firstly, the chair has not
been focusing on one member of the House and therefore the
chair cannot rule out that other members in this House probably
don’t spend all the time in the House. I’m aware that many
members of the House do come in, log in and go. Some come back
others don’t. In that regard, therefore, I would love to offer
counsel to all members of parliament that we have the
responsibility to the people that elected us and they pay us to
do the work that we do. I therefore urge members of parliament
from both sides to put in an honest day’s work to earn the
trust of the people that have sent us here,” said Namugala.

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