The Patriotic Front (PF) has maintained that underperforming Members of Parliament and those who are not popular in their constituencies will not be adopted to recontest their seats in the August 11 general elections.
Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri said this when she featured on Radio Phoenix’s “Let the people talk” programme yesterday.
Mrs Phiri said the party would not force a non-performing or unpopular MP on the electorate.
She said it was important for MPs and those aspiring to do a self-assessment and that those who have run their race should hand over the button and mentor those aspiring so that they also could be of service.
Mrs Phiri said it was illogical to force an unpopular or a non-performing MP on voters.
“You cannot force a party like PF to say even those who are not popular in their constituencies should stand, what’s the motive? Under human nature, it’s good to make a self-assessment and know the way forward, we have sitting MP’s who have come out in the open and have said that they will not recontest their seats because they have measured themselves but for some they feel that if there are not there nothing will move and they don’t want to hand over the mantle to other people to perform,” she said.
Ms Phiri said there were some MPs who have been in Parliament since time immemorial and felt they should be there in all the governments and for their name to continue to resound.
Meanwhile, Ms Phiri said those vying for the Munali seat as Members of Parliament should not be intimidated because of her position in the party.
She said she intended to contest the Munali seat because of calls by some electorate in Munali and that PF hopefuls should not be intimated because of her position in the party as she will also be subjected to the same process of adoption.
“Those vying for the Munali seat as Members of Parliament (MP’s) should not be intimidated because of my position in the party. I will also be subjected to the same adoption process,” she said.
Ms Phiri expressed shock that former vice president Dr Guy Scott was bitter that Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Margret Mwanakatwe had signalled that she would contest the Lusaka Central parliamentary seat when it was all PF members’ democratic right to do so.