I am grateful to His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for his emotional resilience to hardcore critics; punching holes left, right, centre and in the case of UPND, punching nayakumbuyo, Works and Supply Minister Sylvia Chalikosa said in Parliament, Tuesday.
And Chalikosa says President Lungu’s call for citizens to claim their identity does not mean that people should invite domestication of foreign cultures like homosexuality.
Chalikosa said this in Parliament, Tuesday, when she debated the 2020 national budget speech which was presented by her Finance counterpart Dr Bwalya Ng’andu.
“Madam speaker, I am grateful to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu for his emotional resilience to hard core critics, punching holes left, right, centre and in the case of UPND, punching naya kumbuyo (doggy style sex position),” Chalikosa said.
But deputy speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Namugala asked her to withdraw her statement saying the nation expected better from her.
“Honourable Minister of Works and Supply, the House and the nation expects more than that from you as the minister of government. Withdraw that which you said in vernacular and continue [with your debate],” ordered Namugala.
And in withdrawing her statement, Chalikosa said it was just a figure of speech.
“Madam speaker, I withdraw. I was simply doing a figure of speech where you punch holes left, right, and centre,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chalikosa said Zambians should not endorse homosexual tendencies.
“The 2020 national budget spells out policies and strategies for stabilizing the economy which will spur domestic economic development of our country. And this calls for prudent management of the limited resources and adherence to the implementation of priority programmes in the 2020 budget as this will contribute to the realization of the aspirations of the vision 2030 and developmental objectives of the 7thNDP . Madam speaker, the president has called upon us to work together as a people and this calls for us to stand tall and declare our identity as a people. This identity surely does not invite domesticating foreign cultures through appending signatures to organizations such as the Africa Liberal Network that endorses homosexuality tendencies. We as Zambians are Christians. We as Zambians do not subscribe to accepting sexual preferences against the order of nature. No madam speaker,” Chalikosa said.
And in clear reference to the UPND, Chalikosa said some political parties in the country thrived on violence.
“I fully agree with the Minister of Finance as he outlines the 2020 budget focusing national priorities towards stimulating the domestic economy. Madan speaker before I go on, I would like to make just a few comments on the allocation to the Public Order and safety which is about 3.8 per cent of the total budget, a little over K4 billion. As I make reference to the significance of this budget which I feel should have been increased, it’s regrettable that we had to experience electoral violence yet again in the Kaoma by election. It was totally uncalled for and totally unnecessary. And for this, I wish to convey my sincere condolences to the families of those that lost their beloved ones both through political violence as well as other incidences of traffic accidents and so on. Madam speaker, it is a well known fact that some political parties thrive on chaos, and the chaos displayed on that afternoon of the burial of one of the cadres that was lost is something that cannot be condoned. It takes away our values as Africans in giving respect to the dead,” said Chalikosa.