CHIEF Chipepo of the Tonga people of Southern Province has called on opposition political parties which participated in the August 11 general elections to wrap up their grievances and endeavour to work with the incoming government to ensure sustainable development across Zambia.
In an interview on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) yesterday, Chief Chipepo, who is the chief whip in the House of Chiefs, called for peace and unity among all political players in the last election.
He emphasised the need for rural development and that newly elected opposition members of parliament should work with the government to ensure development in their constituencies.
Chief Chipepo advised that winning an election was not time for them to fold their hands and fatten their pockets, but that they should engage with people in their constituencies so that they could understand their needs.
“This time the opposition should put aside their grievances, bad sentiments and work with the incoming government to ensure sustainable development.,
“There should be peace and unity in the country, people should remember that they are in those positions to serve the people so it’s not about which political party they belong to. MPs from rural areas should lobby government and ensure that rural areas are equally developed” he said.
And Chief Chipepo advised that the time for politicking was over, as now was the time for Zambia to unite and forget about political affiliations.
The chief explained that it was right for the opposition to provide checks and balances to government but that they should ensure constructive criticism as they did so.
He said that the opposition should not about at seeing the current government fail, warning that the lack of development in their constituencies would be attributed to them.
Meanwhile, Chief Chipepo assured the nation that the ministry of chiefs and traditional affairs would guide government when necessary.
He disclosed that the chiefs had been vigilant in making sure that rural areas received an equal share of development.
The chief thanked President Edgar Lungu for ensuring that chiefs were well looked after and accorded a stage from which to participate in the governance of Zambia.