THE MMD has warned of disciplinary action against Members of Parliament (MPs) who have been appointed deputy ministers by the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
MMD national secretary, Richard Kachingwe said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the ‘treacherous’ MPs had been given enough time to reflect on their actions and that the party was now going to take disciplinary action against them.
But when contacted for a comment, Elijah Muchima who is an MMD MP for Ikeleng’I in North Western province said it was a fact that he was working with the Government in trying to develop the country.
Mr Muchima said the idea of appointing MPs from the opposition to ministerial positions was not strange to the MMD which equally did the same under the leadership of former President Mwanawasa and former President Rupiah Banda.
He said Mr Banda appointed Mkhondo Lungu as minister of Home Affairs at the time he was United National Independence Party (UNIP) MP for Lundazi constituency.
Mr Muchima said people in his constituency were happy with his appointment as deputy Lands, Energy and Water Development deputy minister.
“This is all about national development. I don’t want my district which is a rural district to lag behind. I am working for the people of Zambia and want to contribute to the governance of the country,” he
Mr Muchima said leaders should work in unity in the quest to develop the country.
Major Kachingwe however, said MPs should decide whether to join the PF or remain members of the MMD.
“Time is running out and they (MPs) must make up their minds. Do they belong to MMD or PF. They have a tendency of camping at State House. These are treacherous and vacillating MPS.
“The party’s patience has now run out and very soon they will be shown the exit door,” he said.
He said the people of Zambia and posterity would harshly judge the MMD MPs who had been given jobs in the Government. Maj Kachingwe said the people had elected the MMD MPs so that they
could offer checks and balances to the PF Government but that they had abandoned their role.
“At the level of MP, you are honourable and this requires that one should stick to principles. You can’t betray your own constituency which put you in office,” he said.
He appealed to the electorate not to give such members a second chance as they had abused their trust.
When reminded that the MMD government under the leadership of President Levy Mwanawasa also appointed MPs from the opposition to serve as cabinet and deputy ministers, Maj Kachingwe said the conditions were different because the PF’s decision was aimed at weakening the opposition.
He said the appointments were being done with impunity saying the ideal way was for the ruling party to consult the party before appointing their MPs.
Maj Kachingwe said the party would soon be writing to the affected MPs informing them of the next course of action.
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