Government says it has received intelligence reports that the 48 suspended UPND Members of Parliament are planning to engage in some illicit activities as a way of protesting.
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo told ZNBC News in an interview from Shiwang’andu district in Muchinga province that Government is aware of manoeuvres by the suspended UPND MPS to cause havoc.
Mr. Kampyongo has warned the suspended UPND MPs that they risk being arrested if they engage in any illegal activities as a way of expressing their displeasure against Parliament’s decision.
He appealed to the suspended MPs to use appropriate means of airing their concerns.
And Green Party president Peter Sikamba has asked the suspended 48 UPND Members of Parliament to resign.
Mr. Sikamba says the suspended MPs are not serious with the approach and way they are handling their grievances.
He told ZNBC News in Kitwe that it is contradictory for the MPs to swear allegiance to the speaker of the National Assembly and refuse to recognize President Edgar Lungu who appointed him.
He says the MPs must resign if they do not recognize the leadership of President Lungu instead of boycotting sittings.
The United National Independence Party -UNIP- Southern Province Chairperson Robert Mukengami has welcomed the Speaker’s action to suspend 48 UPND Members of Parliament for boycotting the Presidential address to Parliament on March 17 this year.
Captain Mukengami says the action against the erring UPND parliamentarians was long overdue.
He says Speaker Patrick Matibini should have actually disciplined the UPND MPs when they boycotted the Presidential address the first time to send a strong message that such behaviour cannot be tolerated.
Captain Mukengami has told ZNBC News in Livingstone that MPs must be reminded that they represent the people of Zambia and that partisan stances should be avoided.