MMD Mufumbwe Member of Parliament Steven Masumba yesterday afternoon eluded MMD cadres who had gathered at the entrance of the parliament building to block him from entering parliament.
Mr. Masumba evaded the cadres who were led by MMD Die Hard Youth Coordinator, Bowman Lusambo by entering parliament premises before 13:00 hours and using a different entrance other than the main gate where the cadres had gathered.
And MMD Die Hard Youth Coordinator, Bowman Lusambo expressed disappointment that Mr. Masumba evaded them saying they wanted to block him from entering parliament.
He said the youths and the enter MMD are disappointed with the behavior of Mr. Masumba who is also Local Government Deputy Minister whom they have accused of letting the party down.
Mr. Lusambo told journalists in an interview at Parliament that the youths will not tolerate such behavior as exhibited by Mr. Masumba.
He also disclosed that the youths have also petitioned the National Secretary to have Mr. Masumba removed from the party adding the Secretariat has since promised to look into the matter.
ZANIS reports that the MMD Die Hard Youth Coordinator has also threatened to continue with such action and fish out all MMD MPs who are believed to be sale out.
He also challenged Mr. Masumba to resign from the party and contest the seat on the PF ticket to prove his popularity in Mufumbwe.
Mr. Lusambo alleged that Mr. Masumba has lost popularity in his constituency and that Chiefs and the entire membership in the North Western province and his constituency no longer want him.
But Mr. Masumba said he is only interested in bringing development to the people of Mufumbwe and the nation as a whole.
He said as Deputy Minister of Local Government, he wants to work with the government to deliver the many promises it made to the Zambian people.
“We as government are in a hurry to deliver on the many promises we made to the people of Zambian during the election campaigns. So we want to ensure that we work on those promises. I otherwise leave all this in the hands of God who will judge everything,” he said.
Mr. Masumba has since advised Mr. Lusambo not to be personal but concentrate on his work in the MMD.
He refused to be dragged into politicking over the issue raised by the MMD youths saying they should not attribute their loss in the local government by-elections in his constituency to him.
“People are generally interested in supporting a committed government that will fulfill its promises, so let the MMD not include me in their loss of popularity in my constituency,” he said.
Mr. Masumba has also advised the youths to stop being personal but instead support each other towards the development of the nation.
He has, however, promised to issue a statement if he ever decides to take any action like resigning from the MMD.
The placard carrying MMD cadres who arrived at parliament building at 13:00 hours were also supported by a few of their counterparts from the UPND who had come to escort newly elected Livingstone Central MP, Rev. Howard Sikwela to Parliament.