Out going ZANASU Vice President Prince Ndoyi says the behaviour exhibited by opposition UPND MPs who boycotted the official opening of Parliament is disappointing and a holding of hostage of the many people who voted for them.
Mr Ndoyi said it is unreasonable for the MPs to abscond attending to the same duties they aspired to take during the elections.
He said the MPs should quickly wake up and realise that they don’t represent the interest of individuals nor the party but the people who voted for them.
“As the Zambia National Students Union(ZANASU), We are very disappointed by the behaviour of the UPND MPs exhibited today, where they have decided to boycott the ceremonial state opening of parliament for whatsoever reasons. We strongly feel, time for politics is over and there is no need to hold hostage the Zambians that voted for them in those respective constituencies.
“It is completely unreasonable for these colleagues to abscond attending to the duties they aspired to take in an election, have they forgotten that they told the Zambian people in those constituencies that they will represent them and serve them in parliament, now what has changed. It is totally not sensible at all. We believe there is no reason suffice to explain their boycott but we view it as an attempt to abscond duties.
“We call upon them to wake up quickly and soon realise that they don’t represent the interests of the party neither do they represent the Interests of the HH or GBM but they serve the interests of the Zambians who elected them in those respective constituencies, and they must not overlook that responsibility,” he said.
He also said the MPs are into a bilateral agreement with the people and that their loyalty must lie with the people and not to individuals.
“They must agree that they are into a bilateral agreement with the people and not their parties. Their loyalty must lie with the people and not to individuals. They must know that the clock has began to tick, and time is of the essence to deliver development and create opportunities for their people as soon as possible. They must show leadership.
“In conclusion we urge all parliamentarians to stay dedicated to their duties and remain as objective, selfless and patriotic to the greater cause which is Zambia,” he said.