FORMER Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo says citizens, including President Hakainde Hichilema, are missing his presence in Parliament because he calls a spade a spade and debates real issues.

And Lusambo says he expects that the bills which will be presented to the House during this session will support the livelihoods of Zambians.

In an interview, Lusambo said some PF MPs had told him that his presence was missed in by many Zambians.

“President Hakainde Hichilema is missing me in Parliament, the Speaker is missing me in Parliament, the people are missing me in Parliament because for us we talk about real issues. And we call a spade a spade, ifwe takwaba ati awe shani (me, I don’t compromise) we call a spade a spade. So there are a lot of people that are missing me in Parliament including President Hakainde Hichilema,” said Lusambo.

“As Parliament, what we do, we do things to make sure that we add value to the development of our country. Whatever things we do in Parliament we have to make sure that we put the people of Zambia first. So all the bills which are going to Parliament now, are supposed to be bills to support the livelihoods of this country and the people of Zambia. If it is about an individual, it is not even worthy to be debated. We go to Parliament because the people of Zambia send us there. We represent the people of Zambia so there is nothing that we are supposed to do without putting the people of Zambia first.”

In December last year, Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti ruled that all members of parliament whose elections were nullified by the High Court, whether or not such a decision had been appealed against, would not take part in any Parliamentary business.