By Bowman C. Lusambo
The manner in which Mr Hakainde Hichilema has continued manipulating and brainwashing UPND Members of Parliament to fulfill his own narrow selfish motives is now becoming a source of concern.
In a Parliamentary democracy like ours, Members of Parliament are elected to the National Assembly to represent the electorate and when they begin to adjudicate that responsibility, then it is only fair that they are reminded that their stay in that House is dependent on their execution of those responsibilities.
Their behaviour on Friday when they elected to again boycott His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s State of the Nation Address should be condemned in the strongest terms.
I wish to remind the UPND MPs that President Lungu is firmly in office and he was sworn in using the constitutional provisions and that this is the reality they have to come to terms with and the sooner they do that, the better.
The people who voted for these UPND MPs now feel undeserved, unrepresented and short changed.
This is a lesson to the electorate to scrutinise some of these political parties whose leadership is well known for its self-serving machinations.
The Legislature just like the Executive forms part of Government. It is therefore folly to attempt to disengage from a Government which you are firmly part of by refusing to recognise the President who is the Head of the Executive, to which, as MPs you already belong.
When entering the House, UPND MPs took an oath of allegiance to the President. How can they turn around today and claim not to recognise the same President they swore allegiance to? The last time they acted in this manner, they apologised to the Speaker, to their electorate and the nation and they promised not to repeat such actions but now they have done the same thing they apologised for.
This kind of behaviour can be likened to that of a dog. In the animal kingdom, only a dog is known to go back to its vomit. The UPND MPs are behaving like dogs by going back to eating what they had vomited.
Mr Hichilema’s public life is littered with several answered questions about his source of wealth. When he speaks, he exhibits high levels of bitterness unfit for national leadership.
It is therefore a shame that men and women with high intellectual calibre such as Hon. Garry Nkombo, Hon. Situmbeko Musokotwane and Hon. Jackie Mwiimbu could be reduced to puppets for Mr Hichilema.
As an accomplished Lawyer, Hon. Mwiimbu is expected to apply reason and thought to his actions and do the right thing and that is represent his people in Monze Central effectively.
At the rate Hon. Mwiimbu is advancing Mr Hichilema’s narrow agenda, I can only prescribe that he borrows from his younger but more astute colleague from the same legal profession Hon. Keith Mukata who opted to do the right thing and stayed in the House to be addressed by the Head of State.
As a nation, we should commend Hon. Mukata for demonstrating independent and progressive thinking which is critical for national development.
My advice to the UPND MPs is that their acts of blind loyalty to Mr Hichilema will never take them anywhere. Zambians are now able to discern who means well or who does not. The UPND has some bright MPs especially those from North Western Province with promising political careers who should not follow Mr Hichilema’s dark schemes.
Mr Hichilema is a political failure which has never won a legitimate election even after a record number of attempts. Taking political advice from such a failure would spell doom for these MPs.
Even my personal political acumen is far better than Mr Hichilema’s as I have been longer in politics and won elections before. Mr Hichilema should be warned that the kind of politics he is now bringing to Parliament are only fit a village assembly in Bweengwa as they are outdated and irrelevant in our current political discourse.
The Author is Patriotic Front Member of Parliament for Kabushi Constituency and Coperbelt Provincial Minister