14 November 2012

Zambia: 'We'll Stick to Serving the People'

TWO opposition MMD members of Parliament (MPs) serving in Government have said no amount of pressure will stop them from pursuing their dreams of serving the people.

The two MPs said in separate interviews yesterday that time for political campaigns was long gone and that energies should be directed towards serving the majority of Zambians.

Ikeleng'i MP Elijah Muchima said it was now time to concentrate on matters that affected the people instead of politicking.

Mr Muchima who is Lands, Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister said the MMD was a champion of democracy in Zambia and should appreciate the fact the republican Constitution allowed for the appointment of opposition political party leaders to ministerial positions.

"There is no harm for us (MMD MPs) to be appointed as deputy ministers. We must lobby for development and it will not help the country in any way if we just want to criticise for the sake of criticism.

"For me, I really don't regret my action. Development of Zambia and that of my constituency is important," he said.

Mr Muchima said he had at one time spoken to constituency officials from the MMD, United Party for National Development (UPND) and Patriotic Front (PF) on the need for them to work together and that they had agreed to do so..

Solwezi East MP Richard Taima said he was aware that some officials were going to his constituency to mislead the electorate.

Mr Taima who is Commerce, Trade and Industry deputy minister said he had remained loyal to the MMD and he had continued to remit his monthly contributions to the party.

He said that his victory in Solwezi East was done on a clean slate and was ready to defend his seat.

"I am very ready to defend the position. I am a peoples choice and won on a clean slate," he said.

He however said he did not support the idea of causing unnecessary by -elections as they were a cost to taxpayers money.

Other MMD MPs in Government are Keith Mukata (Chilanga), Josephine Limata (Luampa), Dr. Patrick Chikusu (Katuba), David Phiri (Mkaika), Nicholas Banda (Kapoche), Patrick Ngoma (Feira) and Forrie Tembo (Nyimba).

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