PF Secretary General Davies Mwila has warned PF MP’s that they will be severe repercussions for voting against the party including loss of party support in future elections. Mr Mwila was speaking at the Meet the Members of parliament fundraising dinner for Lusaka Province yesterday.
Mr Mwila said Zambia’s parliament is unicameral and is based on the Westminster model.
The Westminster system is a parliamentary system of government modelled after what was developed in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.It is used, or was once used in most Commonwealth and ex-Commonwealth nations upon being granted independence from British rule. However, some former colonies have since adopted either the presidential system (Nigeria) or a hybrid system (South Africa) as their form of government.
A cabinet member may be forced to resign simply for opposing one aspect of a government’s agenda, even though they agreed with the majority of other proposals.
It is criticised because cabinet members do not have much independence to actively disagree with government policy, even for productive reasons. A cabinet member may be forced to resign simply for opposing one aspect of a government’s agenda, even though they agreed with the majority of other proposals.
Westminster cabinets also have a tendency to be very large. As the cabinet is the chief organ of power and influence in the government, members of parliament may actively lobby for a position in cabinet once their party is elected to power.
Mr Mwila emphasized that all party members are expected to remain loyal to the party and its leadership. He said he would not take kindly to any maneuvers by members, whether MPs or ordinary members to bring the President’s name or indeed that of the party into disrepute.
He urged MPs in Lusaka Province to explain the many development projects that the PF administration has been rolling out.He told the members of parliament to promote government projects such as the US $355 million Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) project funded by the US Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in partnership with the Government of Zambia.
He also urged members of parliament to package and promote the L400 and its benefits, to talk about the expansion of the KK international airport at an estimated cost of K498.4million kwacha amomg others.