President Edgar Lungu lashes out at Independent MPs

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President Edgar Lungu says he is dissapointed with some independent Members of Parliament who he said are conniving with the opposition to frustrate Government efforts in the provision of service delivery in the country.

Speaking when he addressed Luangwa District PF party leaders in the District Conference today in Luangwa District, President Lungu said it was sad that Feira Constituency in Luangwa was among those that voted for an independent Member of Parliament who is now seemingly performing contrary to the wishes of the electorate.

The President told the PF Party Officials that it was unfortunate that some Independent Members of Parliament were now siding with the opposition to frustrate Government programmes of improving the well being of the people.

Mr. Lungu said he has lost trust in the Independent Members of Parliament who earlier indicated their willingness to work with his government once voted.

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There is no reason why the Independent Members of Parliament could side with the opposition in demanding for a double allowance of K3, 000 for a day instead of the usual K1, 500 just because the chief whip of parliament presented a motion that they should be sitting for the whole day to wind up the debate on the budget, he said.

President Lungu called on the party leadership not to embrace the independent members of parliament saying there were a let down to the people who voted for them.

He urged Luangwa Council Chairman, Austin Bota to assist the party by ensuring that the PF programmes are achieved and appreciated in the District. And PF National Deputy Secretary General, Mumbi Phiri has advised Party officials in the area not to have personal agendas saying time for politicking was now over until 2021.

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Ms Phiri said party members should be seen working as a team with the old and new members so that people benefit from the PF Government programmes as time for politicking was now over.

Meanwhile Luangwa District Council Chairman, Austin Bota has appealed to the President to consider constructing some houses in the area under the newly created Ministry of Infrastructure Development and housing.

Mr Bota said the District was growing at a fast rate because of the developments that the PF Government has initiated in the area hence the need for more housing units to accommodate workers.

Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has assured electorates that their voting for him into power will not go in vain.

Speaking when he addressed party officials in Luangwa District, President Lungu reaffirmed his commitment to deliver his campaign promises reassuring his supporters of his agenda to develop Zambia. “Your vote was not in vain and I assure you we are on the move to deliver.

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The party and government are working and let us move to ensure we are ready for 2021,” President Lungu said.

The Head of State who received a thunderous welcome from enthusiastic residents is in Luangwa on his continuous grassroots consultation and inspection.

During his tour, President Lungu also inspected the newly built rural health post as well as a dip tank for animal disease control.

The Head of State also visited the newly built Luangwa District hospital a first of its kind since independence. President Lungu is later expected to address traders at Luangwa market.


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