In interviews in Lusaka, some MPs who opted to remain anonymous stated that the gesture by Matero MP Miles Sampa and his Kasama Central counterpart Geoffrey Mwamba is egoistic and does not serve the interests of the people.
The MPs added that it is unwise for Mr Sampa to do with business with the people that voted him into office saying his taxi initiative is a business venture.
“As for GBM, we know we followed suit as a way of getting at Miles. You know the rivalry between the two. People should also not forget that GBM also announced a similar donation just before the 2011 election that he was giving away his gratuity and he actually never did, these pronouncements are not new,” one MP from the opposition UPND stated.
Another MP warned that the gesture by the two Parliamentarians might backfire once people get to know the details of the initiatives.
“Just look at Miles, he uses poor boys from Matero to work for him and they cash in every week about K 500 over a two-three year period. That is not empowerment but slavery and soon these boys will realize that they are being used by a clever MP,” he added.
Another one revealed that most MPs who supported the motion by MMD Mafinga MP Catherine Namugala feel insulted by the move by the two Parliamentarians.
“Most MPs are upset that these two have embarrassed them. If Miles and GBM really wanted to give back to the people, they should have also given up their allowances so that the level of contribution through gratuity would have been big,” another MP from a rural constituency stated.