During the debate on a motion moved by Vice-President Guy Scott asking the House to approve the abolition and establishment of government ministries and departments established by the President Michael Sata, Kunda urged the PF government to continue with the MMD programmes on alleviating poverty.
In his maiden speech as an opposition member following MMD’s electoral defeat last month, Kunda said that during campaigns both the MMD and the opposition exchanged bitter and sometimes unpleasant words but called for reconciliation in the country now that the elections had passed.
“The just-ended elections were competitive and people of Zambia had spoken loudly that they wanted change. Let’s not hold what went on during elections against each other and use that as form of vengeance and retribution,” said Kunda, who is former vice-president in the Rupiah Banda administration.
“There is need for reconciliation in the nation. Our colleagues should realise that they are no longer in the opposition.”
He appealed to President Michael Sata and the PF government not to use the bad words exchanged during electoral campaigns as a form of vengeance and retribution against others.
Kunda said the maiden speech he was delivering was his third in the House, although the difference was that he was doing it from the opposition.
“I can confess that I am already enjoying myself. There is a lot of joy operating from here. We are so relaxed without taking any responsibility and just firing questions,” he said.
Kunda also congratulated President Sata and the PF government for what he called their deserved victory.
On the motion moved by Dr Scott, Kunda said the motion had come too late and should have been moved before the creation and abolition of ministries.