PF information and publicity chairperson Raphael Nakacinda has refused to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges and Absences saying the standing orders it cited when summoning him do not apply to him.
Following a point of order that was raised by Lukulu East UPND member of parliament Dr Christopher Kalila over Nakacinda’s remarks in the Daily Nation “Stop being Emotional, Nakacinda tells Speaker”, Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti on November 3, 2021, referred the matter to the Committee on Privileges and Absences for detailed examination.
And in a letter dated March 1, 2022, Clerk of the National Assembly Doris Kapumba requested Nakacinda to appear before the Committee on Thursday, March 3.
“RE: COMPLAINT BY DR C K KALILA, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR LUKULU EAST PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY, AGAINST YOURSELF. Reference is made to our letter to you dated 2nd December, 2021, ref no. NAS/11/17/2 Conf, TJ and your response on the above captioned matter. I am directed to inform you that the Committee on Privileges and Absences will sit on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022 to consider the complaint by Dr C K Kalila, Member of Parliament for Lukulu East Parliamentary Constituency, against yourself regarding the above captioned matter. In this regard, you are hereby requested to appear before the Committee on Thursday, 3rd March, 2022 at 10:45 hours, in Amusaa Mwanamwambwa Committee Room, to state your side of the story,” stated Kapumba.
But in his response in a letter dated March 1, Nakacinda said he was not a member of parliament and therefore, he was not bound by the standing orders.
“RE: COMPLAINT BY Dr. C K KALILA, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR LUKULU EAST PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY, AGAINST YOURSELF. The above captioned matter refers and further reference is made to your missive dated the 1st instant. You will note that the complaint being referred to was raised pursuant to a standing order. It is now common knowledge that standing orders are for purposes of conducting business in the House and they regulate members of the House. I am not a member of the House and I am not one to be bound by the said standing orders. On the basis of the foregoing, I shall not appear before the said committee as I am not your member. By copy of this letter you are accordingly advised,” stated Nakacinda.