Opposition Forum for Democracy and Development says it is hypocritical for opposition UPND MPs that took oath of office in the name of President Edgar Lungu as Republican President to turn around and refuse to recognise the same person whose name and portfolio they took oath on.
Speaking when he featured on Joy FM on Thursday, FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said instead of continuing to play politics of confrontation, the UPND MPs who feel that President Lungu was not duly elected should have refused to be sworn in or simply resign their positions.
He said the MPs decided to first secure their hefty salaries and allowances by taking oath and pledging their allegiance to the President and the Republican Constitution and then now have turned around and are using parliament as a battle ground to settle personal political squabbles instead of providing service and leadership to the people who elected them.
He said those MPs who refuse to recognise President Edgar Lungu in whose name they took oath of office should resign instead of wasting people’s time and resources at the expense of more pressing national issues.
And when asked if UPND leaders are seeking attention by finding themselves on the wrong side of the law Mr Mwanza said it is important to realise that people are looking for solutions to the challenges they are facing and that the opposition should be part of the solution by providing not only checks and balances to the government but as well as alternative policy direction.
He strongly condemn police brutality against leaders and members of the opposition UPND and called on President Edgar Lungu to prevail on police misconduct because it was denting the image and name of both the President and the country.
Mr Mwanza added that as a leader there is need to sometimes stay away from the media and quietly work for the people who believe in you as opposed to always seeking public attention in the media.