Opposition United Liberal Party (ULP) President Sakwiba Sikota has stressed the need for the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) to show that it is taking the lead in giving guidance to the nation.
Mr. Sikota says it is not right for the ruling PF to remain silent on an important issue such as the demand for a pay rise by Members of Parliament (MPs) at a time that government has imposed a wage freeze on the civil service.
Mr. Sikota has told Qfm news in an interview that by remaining silent on the demand that MPs have made, the ruling PF is showing that it also wants to have a share of the cake.
He says by being silent the ruling party is also acting like a rabbit that is caught in a glare of a head light and is frozen to a point of not doing anything.
The ULP leader adds that by being silent over the said matter the ruling party is further showing lack of leadership.
But PF national chairperson Inonge Wina has told Qfm news in a separate interview that her party has not yet discussed the matter of MPs wanting to have a pay rise.
Ms. Wina, who is also Gender Minister, says this is why she cannot give her views over the matter as it may seem unfair to other members of the party as her views may be different to that of other party members.
She notes that for all she knows the majority of members of her party feels that the demand for a pay rise by MPs is an issue that needs to be considered very seriously and cautiously in view of the fact that country faces some challenges of poverty.