President Michael Sata has refused to issue a ban on the use of Machete (Pangas) in the country. The president was speaking today at Statehouse house during a meeting that was attended by Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers and all Patriotic Front Members of Parliament.
In response to Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Minister, John Phiri who asked the president to issue the ban, Mr Sata explained that the move would lead to loss of business by some Zambians.
The President has instead directed Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu, to deal with all law breakers in the country.
The Machetes have been at the centre of PF cadres infighting.
And President Sata has directed all PF Members of Parliament to frequently visit their constituencies in order to understand the challenges their people were facing in their respect areas.
The Head of State noted that some MPs have never been to some parts of their constituencies where people are in need of their services, a scenario he said will work against them in the 2016 Presidential and General Elections.
Mr Sata observed that some of his MPs do not visit their constituencies and do not speak about issues in parliament but just sit and observe instead of representing their people in the house.
He further observed that MPs have the whole weekend and should this period when parliament goes on recession go and explain policies and other issues to the people but that they choose to be in Lusaka.
And responding to questions from the MPs on the perceived divisions that have rocked the party between the two alleged camps, the President stated that the party was intact and do not recognize the two camps as they are all ministers under him.
He stated that Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba, and Defence Minister, Geoffrey Mwamba, were mere ministers under him and not leaders of the camps stating that MPs should tell the people in their areas that there is no division in the party.
Mr Kabimba explained that the demonstrations that have been witnessed and linked to the two leaders should be dismissed as the Head of State does not recognize the two camps.
Mr Kabimba, who is also PF Secretary General, further added that demonstrations are the signs that their leaders are not doing what the people want, adding that demonstrations were also a wakeup call for MPs to do right things.
Both Kaputa Central Member of Parliament, Bweupe Ng’onga and his Luponsoshi counterpart, Chungu Bwalya, appealed to the President to give a directive on the protests by some party members over the leaders in order to end the alleged divisions in the party.
Many back benchers were given an opportunity to ask questions on various issues affecting their constituencies which were responded to by the President.