The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Chairperson for Eastern Region Captain Mike Mukula has asked MPs-elect from the National Unity Platform (NUP) party to step down if they insist the election was not free and fair.
Mukula made these remarks while appearing on a local radio talk show on Saturday.
It is unfair, Mukula said, for NUP to doubt the Presidential results of the recently concluded election but jubilate over the results from parliamentary elections yet they were held on the same day, under the same procedure.
“No body disputed the seats they (NUP) obtained in the Central region, I would be humbled if the 61 MPs stepped aside and not be sworn in May this year. Let them say that since election was not free and fair ‘we will not be part of the next Parliament’,” Mukula said.
Commenting on the issue of mistrust as regards institutions like courts of law, Mukula said it’s their (NUP and other opposition members) duty to participate in strengthening and building these institutions “through trusting them fully.”
“A few months ago, NUP was in court as some body was challenging its legality but court made a ruling in which NUP was declared a known legal entity,” Mukula highlighted.
He queried why they (opposition) believe that things are right when judgment is in their favour but develop doubt whenever they are not on the winning side.
Mukula further stated that the looming petitions against the declared Presidential results will not yield much changes “since the ruling will be made by judges appointed by the President whose victory they challenge.”
“We need to raise the bar higher so that the younger people can admire us because we are the beacon of hope for this country,” Mukula advised opposition players on building trust in government institutions.