Newly appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Greyford Monde, says he is not afraid of any action his party will take against him for accepting the appointment.
Monde said he did not mind being expelled from the party.
Monde told ZANIS in a telephone interview today that his loyalty is owed to the Zambian people.
Mr Monde, who is Itexhi-tezhi UPND Member of Parliament, explained that the provisions of the Zambian Constitution are clear on the powers of the President to appoint people, adding that there is nowhere in the constitution where it is stipulated that “there shall be consultation between an individual and his party”.
He said he did not apply to be appointed but that the President saw it fit for him to be appointed as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
Mr Monde further declared that it is now time to foster development for the benefit of all Zambians.
He said his appointment is a great opportunity for the people of Zambia and Itezhi Tezhi residents in particular who voted for him.
The new Deputy Minister said despite the appointed, he will remain a member of the United Party for National Development.
Mr Monde, however, thanked President Sata for appointing him to the position.