Opposition boycotts Labour day celebrations
Opposition parties were yesterday conspicuously absent from the Labour Day celebrations despite being invited by Government to be part of the event, which must normally cut across party lines.
The former ruling party, the Movement for Multi-party Democracy, United Party for National Development, United National Independence Party, National Restoration Party, Alliance for Democracy and Development and the Forum for Democracy and Development were all missing at the event.
Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that he invited all the opposition parties.
“Opposition parties did not honour the invitation but Government will continue to invite them to such important national events,” Mr Chibiliti said.
The only political party present at the celebrations was the Patriotic Front. Ruling party members were dressed in their party regalia.
The Labour Day celebration, graced by President Sata, is the first to be celebrated under the PF government.