UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has charged that the dissolved Parliament lacked direction.
Mr Hichilema says under the PF Government, the lack of strong and visionary leadership meant Parliament was often playing catch up and trying to repair the damage of ill-informed policies, rather than proactively driving progressive reforms.
Mr Hichilema cites the mining tax regime that has been changed repeatedly, first in 2012,twice in 2015 and the latest being last Friday.
He adds that the eleventh national assembly has been a Parliament whose financial standing has been laid to waste due to inaccurate forecasts by the Ministry of Finance, and a failure to heed warnings.
Mr Hichilema states that as such, the PF government has pushed increases in the external debt ceiling through Parliament, raising it from K20 billion in 2011 to K160 billion in 2016.
He further states that the PF’s legacy in Parliament during the period 2011 to 2016 can be seen in a generation of frustrated youths, thousands of redundant miners, struggling businesses, hungry families and a nation in the dark.