President Lungu has said that that the decision to do away subsidies both in the energy and agriculture sector is final. Speaking when he met with all PF, MMD and Independent MPs at the National Assembly, President Lungu emphasized that the bold reforms he had initiated in the energy and agricultural sectors we’re here to stay, however painful in the short term because he was conceived they would yield positive results before 2021.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Amos Chanda, the four hours meeting, attended by Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili, covered a wide of issues such as constituency development, relationships between MPs and state house, MPs’ welfare and the need for them to visit their electorates to explain key government positions.
Mr Amos Chanda also told journalists that the 14 independent MPs made the assurance during President Lungu’s open dialogue with PF, MMD, FDD and independent lawmakers at Parliament.
“Some of the valuable contributions during the discussion came from the independent members who said they fully support the President and want to work closely with him and the PF in a much closer manner,” Mr Chanda said.
He said four independent MPs also spoke at length in commending President Lungu for measures Government is taking to maintain peace and security in the country.
And President Lungu, who was happy with the discussion, called for regular meetings and open conversations on all issues that matter.
“President Lungu interacted with the MPs and urged them to visit their constituencies to explain decisions taken by Parliament and government,” Mr Chanda said.
President Lungu also emphasised the need for MPs to understand the importance of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
“CDF is extremely important, you must utilise it properly and you must continue visiting your constituencies and interact closely with the electorate,” President Lungu said.
And government chief whip Richard Musukwa commended the opposition MPs for working with the PF during the just-ended parliamentary sitting.
Mr Musukwa said MMD, FDD and independent MPs worked hard to ensure that business of the House went on normally despite the absence of the UPND parliamentarians.
He also reaffirmed President Lungu’s commitment to working with all MPs from the opposition for the benefit of the country.
“We wish to also commend the independent members for pledging to support President Lungu and collaborate with the PF,” Mr Musukwa said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has called a central committee meeting on July 22to discuss party to disuss PF matters. The President urged PF members not to use the what he describe as hostile mast media platform to voice issues.
“As one family avoid communicating to one another using hostile media platforms such as the Mast which has no problems telling blatant lies about us”, he said
“Let us discuss and present to one another the whole truth regarding the welfare of the party. I have called a central committee meeting on July 22 and I hope that those with burning issues can come along and make their presentations. Let us develop a culture of genuine dialogue where we speak to each other with respect and a spirit of oneness. That is how this party was founded and that is how we have been so successful.”