The MMD in Kafue District says the decision by the party’s Parliamentary Liaison Committee that Members of Parliament serving in the government should quit their government posts is meant to consolidate the tenets of democracy in the country.
And the party urged the National Executive Committee (NEC) to pick credible people for two positions of vice president- Administration and Politics respectively.
Supporting the party’s Parliamentary Liaison Committee’s decision announced by party president Nevers Mumba last week, MMD Kafue Constituency Information and Publicity chairperson, Isaac Mulenga explained that the move will enhance the role of the opposition in the country.
Mr. Mulenga told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the role of the opposition political parties in providing credible checks and balances is crucial in assisting the PF government to deliver its electoral promises to Zambians.
He advised the affected MMD MPs to heed the party’s directive for them to quit government posts and avoid the country going for 9 costly by elections in an event that the party expels them for defying the directive.
Mr. Mulenga explained that the party in the district is solidly behind the decision by its president Dr. Mumba, NEC and the Parliamentary Liaision Committee to which the affected parliamentarians are part to, as the party tries to reorganise itself following its 2011 tripartite election defeat.
He implored the affected parliamentarians to learn from the former PF rebel MPs who defied their party and all of them lost terribly in last year’s elections.
Mr. Mulenga further implored the 9 MPs to realise that even by being backbenchers; they will continue being part of another arm of the government, the Legislature.
And Mr. Mulenga is confident that NEC will pick credible people to fill the two positions of party vice president, one for administration and another one for politics in a bid to rebuild itself.
Mr. Mulenga cautioned other youths in the party against exerting pressure on NEC to pick people with questionable track records saying the move may prove costly to the party’s bid for revival.
He noted that the party has a pool of capable leaders to fill the two positions and assist the former ruling party to win future elections.
The Nine MPs are Josephine Limata (Luampa)- North-Western Province Minister, Forrie Tembo (Nyimba)- Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister for Administration and his counterpart at the same ministry , Stephen Masumba (Mufumbwe) and Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Deputy Minister, Elijah Muchima ( Ikeleng’i).
Others are Dr. Patrick Chikusu (Katuba)- Health Deputy Minister, Patrick Ngoma (Feira)- Education Deputy Minister, Nicholas Banda (Kapoche) Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister, Keith Mukata (Chilanga) Commerce and Industry Deputy Minister and Isaac Banda (Lumezi) Mines, Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister.