By SILUMESI MALUMO
I WAS not in the House when Members of Parliament protested, therefore my expulsion on that account is illegal and unwarranted, Kwacha MP, Joe Malanji, has said.
Mr Malanji said there was no proper coordination in the management of Parliament because he was not part MPs who protested to warrant being expelled for 30 days.
Mr Malanji said the poor coordination in the management of Parliament is very dangerous and needs to be curtailed.
In an interview, Mr Malanji said it is unfortunate that he can be subjected to a stiff punishment in a matter he was not part of.
The lawmaker said there need to ensure that management of Parliament was done in decent manner unlike what is happening.
“It is very unfortunate that I am suspended for 30 days when I was not among colleagues who protested in Parliament.
This is not the way issues should be handled especially in a serious house like Parliament,” he said.
Mr Malnji said he will engage the Parliament management to iron out the matter at hand.
He said this matter needs to be resolved internally.
“I cannot endure this kind of punishment because I was not part of the protest.
So I will use necessary channels so that the matter is dealt with,” the lawmaker said.
Mr Malanji was ejected from Parliament yesterday following a point of order from Moomba MP, Fred Chaatila, who wanted to know whether it was in order for the MP to be the House when he had been banned for 30 days.
Mr Malanji was immediately asked to vacate the Chamber by Second Deputy Speaker, Attractor Chisangana.
The action caused an uproar as Mkushi South MP, immediately rose on a point of order to find whether it was in order to eject Mr Malanji who was not part of the protestors.
The point of order was ruled out order as it was against Parliamentary rules to rise on a point of order of another point of order.
The unsatisfied MP stood his ground and tried to ask the question in different ways but was shot down.