Chilanga UPND Member of Parliament Keith Mukata has defended his decision to remain in Parliament on Friday when his fellow UPND members staged a boycott.
The rest is the UPND MP’s walked out in Friday morning just before President Edgar Lungu started making his State of the Nation Address.
But Mr Mukata said there is nothing wrong with his decision to remain in the House.
“Today,the President, his Excellency, Edgar Chagwa Lungu addressed the nation in Parliament on issues affecting our country,both economically and morally. Fortunately or unfortunately, member of my party, the United Party for National Development (UPND) walked out of Parliament, I did not,” he said.
“And because of this,I have been victimised,slapped with funny and petty allegations and called all sorts of names by people.”
He added, “I want to remind everyone that “I AM AN MP” before anything else.”
“As an MP for Chilanga,I owe it to my people, to represent their local interests, review legislation on their behalf,attend debates/committees and generally promote and advocate their interests at a national level That is why I was elected.”
He said he is therefore not apologetic for staying back and listen to what President Chagwa had to say with regards to issues that affect the country.
“However,this does not mean I am in conflict with anyone of my party members.It was a personal decision and my fellow MP’s knew that I would stay back,” Mr Mukata said.