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Dear Editor,

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has castigated some Members of Parliament who don’t visit their constituencies let alone delivering development regarding their campaign promises.

President Lungu said that the absent and non performing lawmakers risk not being adopted in the 2021 general elections, which are just around the corner. The Head of State said this during his recent visit to Northern Province where he had gone to inspect some development projects.

The MPs are elected to serve their electorate in their respective constituencies. But alas, some of the lawmakers from both the ruling party and the opposition  political parties have neglected their electorate. This is very unfortunate to say the least.

Now that parliament has gone on recess, it is therefore the appropriate time for these lawmakers to visit their constituencies.

This is vital in that it will accord the MPs an opportunity to appreciate the numerous challenges the electorate face and how best to resolve them.

However, the absent and non performing lawmakers should emulate Mansa Central MP and Minister of Health Honourable Dr. Chitalu Chilufya.

Dr. Chilufya stands out among the lawmakers.

This is because he is a very hard working Cabinet Minister. He has performed as the Cabinet Minister and also as the Mansa lawmaker.

 Moving forward; it is never too late for the absent and non performing Members of Parliament to up their game by start visiting their respective constituencies and delivering development projects.

This is critical because the adoption process for MPs in the 2021 general elections will be based on performance during their previous tenure of office.

The slogan for 2021 general elections should be “no adoption for absent and non performing MPs.”


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