‘It’s insane for MPs to propose return of deputy ministers.’
NATIONAL Empowerment Forum executive director Edgar Siakachoma says it is insane for members of parliament to propose the return of deputy ministers when the Zambian economy was at its worst.
Siakachma, in an interview, said members of Parliament had abandoned the poor people that voted them into office to champion their selfish goals by passing a motion to allow the amendment of the recently amended Constitution.
He said it was sad that citizens were being asked to tighten their belts and sacrifice while their representatives in Parliament were keen to do the opposite.
“As NEF, we are now convinced beyond doubt that the mover of the motion and indeed many MPs who are now supporting amendments to the constitution, especially the article that deals with deputy ministers, are in politics to serve their own interests. How on earth can any sane person propose to have the position of deputy minister brought back when the economy is at its worst?” Siakachoma wondered.
“Citizens are being asked to tighten their belts and sacrifice, while one Rodgers Mwewa and his colleagues in Parliament want their belts loosened. What manner of selfishness is that? What kind of leadership is that? They claim to be servants of the poor when their preoccupation is to amass wealth at the expense of the poor”.
He urged President Edgar Lungu to give leadership and guidance to his members of parliament.
“They (MPs) have abandoned the poor people that voted for them to champion their selfish goals. We want to urge President Lungu to give leadership and guide his MPs and explain to them what he saw in this clause before he signed the amended constitution. We will be shocked if Parliament succeeds in amending this clause because we don’t even see what their roles and responsibilities would be. They (deputy ministers) are not there now and there seems to be no vacuum,” said Siakacoma.
Parliament on November 9 passed a motion moved by Mwewa, the Mansabombwe PF member of parliament, to allow the amendment of the amended Constitution which President Lungu assented to on January 5.