A youth leader has expressed disappointment with the opposition UPND leadership’s directive to its MPs to shun all State functions regardless of whether they are in their constituencies describing the directive as utterly ridiculous.
Former Vice President of the Country’s largest student body, the Zambia National Students Union ZANASU Prince Ndoyi said the directive is outrageous as it reduces duly elected law makers to followers who can’t think for themselves.
He said in as much as the party sponsored the law makers to parliament, the parliamentarians are not in the house to represent the UPND but the people who voted for them.
“We want to contribute to the statement made by the UPND directing their members of parliament to shun all state functions irrespective of whether they take place in their respective constituencies. The sound of that statement is utterly ridiculous. How can any normal institution arrive at such a nonsensical conclusion of a broader debate, this is outrageous, reducing a duly elected law maker to a follower who doesn’t think for themselves.
“Does the UPND surely think their MPs represent the party other than the people who voted for them in their respective constituencies, that is dictatorial and undemocratic and must be condemned in the strongest terms,” he said.
Mr Ndoyi accused the opposition party of not being in touch with reality on the ground and advised the party to quickly put in a leadership which is in tune with the current political and economic aspiration of the people.
He said Zambians are interested in a leadership whether in opposition or ruling which inspire both political and economic development as opposed to a leadership which is constantly at loggerheads at the expense of delivering development to their electorates.
“The UPND is fast losing touch with reality and its members must quickly realise the need to put in a leadership which is in tune with the current political and economic aspirations of our people. Legislature is an arm of government,what type of political party is this which doesn’t even understand governance, those MPs became part of government when they swore oath. Politics of confrontation of pulling each other is not what we people Zambia, what we are looking for is leadership whether in ruling or opposition that will inspire both our political and economic aspiration. Not a leadership that is constantly at loggerheads at the expense delivering development to their electorates.”
He said the directive will achieve nothing but contribute to the one one party State propagated by the PF as only those working with PF will attend State functions.
“Every politically conscious Zambian, can see that the UPND is on road to self destruction, They are contributing to the one party state they are condemning. We want to ask Stephen Katuka, if these MPs are allowed to represent their people in Parliament why shouldn’t they be allowed to represent the same people at developmental state functions, what has the court petition got to do with MPs representing their people. It is not the UPND that they go and represent at state functions,” he said.
He further warned that the leadership in the UPND was sparking a revolt among MPs adopted from the MMD whom he said have complained dictatorial tendencies by the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and his Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.
“We warn the UPND leadership that they are increasingly sparking a revolt which is looming within their party, we have interacted with some of their members of parliament especially those they adopted who are MMD who are brewing on a growing discontent with these dictatorial tendencies being exhibited by HH and GBM. How can a leadership be just a mere agreement between two people and the rest are just spectators.”
He added “The UPND is taking the attention of our country away from real issues Instead of debating real issues like the FISP for their constituencies in the farming districts and the youths who voted for them who are demanding for jobs, the youths in their respective constituencies need their MPs input on accessing the Youth Empowerment Fund.”