UPND MPs only after money-Mumbi


PATRIOTIC Front (PF) deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri has called on Zambians to give the governing party enough time to work and to address challenges the country is facing.
Mrs Phiri said the challenges the country is facing such as load shedding and depreciation of the Kwacha are not unique to Zambia but have affected other countries in the region and world.
Mrs Phiri said in an interview in Solwezi on Tuesday that people must not be cheated that the PF and President Lungu have caused the depreciation of the Kwacha because this is a global economic problem arising from a slump in copper prices on the international market.
She said the power deficit that the country is facing is due to low water levels in reservoirs for power generation at Kariba Dam due to poor rainfall experienced in the last rainy season.
Mrs Phiri said President Lungu declared October 18 as a national day of repentance, prayer and fasting to ask God to give the country enough rains to normalise electricity generation.
She said the power deficit will soon be addressed because the PF government has continued to invest in power generation since it assumed office four years ago.
She called on Zambians not to listen to lies being peddled by some opposition political parties that the PF administration has failed and is responsible for the problems that the country is going through.
Mrs Phiri also dismissed claims by the United Party for National Development (UPND) that the PF is “disintegrating”.
She said the PF is intact as evidenced by its growing popularity across the country.
Mrs Phiri said it is the UPND which is disintegrating as can be seen in the reduction in the number of its members of Parliament from 43 in 2006 to 31 now while the PF has continued to increase its numbers in the House.
Mrs Phiri said most UPND MPs are aware that their party is not going anywhere and are merely clinging onto the opposition political party for personal gain because of the salaries and allowances they draw from Parliament.