Monday, June 17, 2013

UPND lacks values - ZCTU
By Abigail Chaponda in Ndola
Sat 15 June 2013, 14:00 CAT

As things stand, UPND cannot dislodge the PF and form government because it lacks certain values of an opposition party, says Zambia Congress of Trade Unions secretary general Roy Mwaba.

And Mwaba says it is stupid for people to say that the labour movement has gone to sleep and is sharing a bed and beddings with the PF government.

"They are even saying that we are job seekers because we are quiet over certain things happening in the country. It is stupid to say that, because we are fully awake and we can see what is happening," Mwaba said.

He said the opposition currently lacks certain values.

"UPND, as things stand, can't form government; they can't dislodge the PF government. UPND has no sustainability, they have no nationalism," Mwaba said. "Such values or elements are important for an opposition. Without such, an opposition can't form government. We need a sober and mature opposition in Zambia."

Mwaba said there was no constructiveness in the opposition because most opposition parties in the country, like the UPND, only criticised the government without offering solutions.
He said politicians should know that the PF government was not perfect and needed a strong, sober and mature opposition to provide checks andbalances.

Mwaba said the labour movement was not a political party that had a lifespan but was there to stay.

He said that people stepping on the movement's toes were stepping on the wrong institution.

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