The opposition UPND has vowed to go ahead and expel its Itezhi Tezhi MP Greyford Monde after he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Agriculture.
UPND Deputy Spokesman Edwin Lifwekelo said in an interview that the party has since drafted Mr. Monde’s expulsion letter.
“For us, it is clear that Monde has been double dealing. He has officially forfeited his seat and that marks the end of his political career,” Mr. Lifwekelo said.
He said the UPND has always maintained that none of its MP’s shall serve in the PF administration.
“How can we work with people that are busy mutilating our democracy and disregarding the rule of law? For us, there are no two ways about it. Once our MP accepts to work in the PF administration, then they relinquish their seat. It is as simple as that.”
Mr. Lifwekelo said President Sata has been working so hard to poach MP’s from the UPND in an effort to weaken the opposition.
President Michael Sata has appointed Itezhi Tezhi UPND MP Greyford Monde as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock with immediate effect.
When contacted for a comment, Mr Monde said he has accepted his appointment by President Sata to serve in the PF government as deputy minister of agriculture.
He has also said that he will wait for whatever action his party will take against him for accepting the appointment.
In his letter of appointment to Mr. Monde, President Sata said he is confident that Mr. Monde will perform to his expectations and that of the Zambian people.
Mr. Monde becomes the first UPND MP to be appointed to serve in Mr. Sata’s PF administration.