‘Stop jostling for Presidency’


PARLIAMENTARY Chief Whip Yamfwa Mukanga has advised members of Parliament to stop jostling for Presidency.
Mr Mukanga, who is also Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication, said there is no vacancy for the office of President for any member of Parliament to eye the position.
“I am urging MPs to stop talking about the Presidency because His Excellency President Michael Sata is the President. Let’s also stop dwelling on trivial things and finger-pointing. Let’s stop washing dirty linen in public,” he said in an interview.
Mr Mukanga said parliamentarians should concentrate on working for the people who voted them into office.
“We have a lot to concentrate on as MPs. We have a huge task to implement what is contained in the President’s speech which he delivered during the official opening of parliament,” he said.
Mr Mukanga called on members of the Patriotic Front to remain united, and support President Sata.
And Vice-President Guy Scott had a toast with new additions to the National Assembly who include Vubwi member of Parliament Margaret Miti (PF), Zambezi West Member of Parliament Christabel Ngimbu (PF) and Kasenengwa member of Parliament Victoria Kalima (MMD).
Dr Scott shared a light moment with the new MPs in his office at Parliament building.
And Mr Sata has urged youths to refuse to be used as agents of violence before, during and after elections.
Mr Sata said in his speech to Parliament the country has held a number of by-elections some of which were characterised by incidences of violence involving youths from different political parties.
He said this when he opened the Forth Session of the National Assembly yesterday.
“Once again, I strongly condemn violence during elections because it is a danger to our democracy. Let me call upon the youth not to be used as agents of violence,” President Sata said.
He appealed to political parties to be civil in their campaigns.
The head of State also congratulated the seven newly elected members of Parliament from Kasengwa, Vubwi, Mkushi South, Solwezi Central, Zambezi West and Mangango.

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