Opposition United Party for National Development says it will not allow its Members of Parliament to demand a pay rise in parliament.
Addressing a media briefing UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema said that the move by MPs to demand a salary increment was not only ill timed but also irresponsible.
Hichilema said his party had deliberated on the matter and resolved not to back calls by other MPs for a pay rise.
The UPND leader said members of parliament needed to know that political leadership was not about amassing wealth but service.
“I want to indicate that categorically we in the UPND do not agree with the Members of Parliament. For right or wrong, the interpretation by members of the public is that MPs are asking for better and more money,” he said.
“I think that is how is has been put, we do not want to get into a debate of what exactly each member said but disagree we disagree with members of parliament asking for more money.”
He said MPs should know that political leadership was about service and should be aware that the majority of Zambians were wallowing in poverty.
“Members of Parliament as well as anyone aspiring for public office should know that it is about service and that if they want more money they can go back in the private sector that is where the money is,” he said.