United Party for National Development (UPND) special advisor to the president Douglas Siakalima says the opposition party will not hesitate to expel any of its Members of Parliament who will accept jobs in the Patriotic Front government.
Mr. Siakalima has told Qfm News in an exclusive interview that opposition parliamentarians must appreciate the importance of the opposition in the country's democratic dispensation.
He says the ongoing trend where Republican President Michael Sata is appointing opposition MPs as deputy ministers is an assault on democracy and should not be allowed to continue.
Mr. Siakalima has charged that the UPND is committed to providing checks and balances on government policies and will not entertain any of its parliamentarians who will align themselves to the PF government.
He has however expressed happiness at the high level of discipline exhibited by the UPND MPs adding that even if President Sata extended his appointments to the UPND, none of its lawmakers will succumb.
The President is entitled by the republican constitution to appointment members of the executive from among Members of Parliament regardless of political affiliation