PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu should consider formally consulting leaders of the opposition political parties before appointing their Members of Parliament (MPs) into his inclusive Government for the sake of harmony, United Party for National Development (UPND) vice-president for political affairs Canisius Banda has advised,
Dr Banda said citizens had different competencies and talents and that belonging to a political party should not be a hindrance for them to serve in any capacity in Government but advised President Lungu to consult opposition political partied to avoid the perception that he would be poaching MPs.
He said President Lungu should be encouraged to ensure that the nation was at peace and unity by engaging leaders of the opposition political parties in his quest to form an inclusive Government which is meant to unite the country.
Mr Banda told the Daily Nation that it was important that the country should remain united and peaceful even in its political divergence so that the political leadership could focus on development.
He said opposition political parties were institutions founded on ideologies and principles which the party in power was expected to respect in its desire to constitute an inclusive Government.
Dr Banda said peace and harmony would only be attained if President Lungu engaged leaders of opposition political parties before appointing their MPs into his Government, adding that it would be democratically correct for the leaders to permit their parliamentarians to serve the people.
“The most important thing President Lungu should do is engage the opposition political parties before appointing their MPs into his inclusive Government. He should formally consult the opposition leadership so that there is peace and harmony between the ruling party and the opposition. We are aware that citizens have different competencies and belonging to a political party should not be a hindrance to serving in Government,”Dr Banda said.
While in Egypt, President Lungu said he would consider appointing into Government flexible members of the opposition to promote unity.