The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has justified the Members of Parliament’s (MPs) decision to boycott President Edgar Lungu’s official opening of Parliament last week.
UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says the UPND does not recognize President Edgar Lungu as duly elected hence the boycott of his parliamentary address by its MPs.
Mr. Kakoma noted that UPND MPs will only be attending parliamentary sittings when necessary.
All the 58 UPND MPs stayed away from the ceremonial opening of Parliament by President Lungu last week on Friday.
But the Zambia National Students Union (ZANASU) is disappointed with UPND MPs who boycotted the ceremonial opening of parliament by President Edgar Lungu.
ZANASU outgoing vice President Prince Ndoyi says time for politicking is over and that there is no need to hold the Zambians hostage.
He said it is completely unreasonable for the UPND MPs to abscond attending to their parliamentary duties when they promised to represent and serve the people in their respective constituencies.
Mr. Ndoyi explained that much as the MPs may have their own reasons for their action; there is no justification for their boycott.
He has reminded MPs that they do not represent the interests of the party, but serve the interests of the Zambians in their respective constituencies.