President Michael Sata has breached the constitution and should be impeached for publicly asking Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni speaking people of Chipata and civil servants to openly conduct partisan political activities, contrary to the supreme law of the land.
According to Article 129 of the republican constitution, “a person shall not while remaining chief join or participate in partisan politics.”
UPND former Siavonga Member of Parliament Douglas Syakalima has now called on MPs to move an impeachment motion in the next sitting of Parliament against President Sata who he said had committed countless constitutional breaches since he ascended to the presidency in 2011.
And Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi has said it was shocking that President Sata was determined to continue breaching the constitution.
But the Head of State ignored the provisions and asked Mpezeni to address a political rally where he asked his subjects to support and vote for Lameck Mangani, the PF candidate in the Chipata Central Parliamentary by-election,” Mr Milupi said.
President Sata on Thursday paraded Paramount Chief Mpezeni and several District Commissioners (DCs) and openly asked them to campaign for the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Mr Mangani in the Thursday Chipata Central Parliamentary by-election.
The former Siavonga MP has observed that Paramount Chief Mpezeni abrogated the electoral code of conduct and the constitution by publicly campaigning for the ruling party and ordering his subjects to vote for Mr Mangani who is the PF candidate in the coming by-election in Chipata.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has described the conduct by Mpezeni as an abrogation of the constitution stating that the traditional leader had breached Section 129 of the constitution which clearly stated that: “A person shall not while remaining a chief join or participate in partisan politics.”
ECZ acting public relations manager Sylvia Bwalya said in a statement that the commission condemned in the strongest terms the action by Mpezeni because his open alliance with the PF was exerting undue influence on his subjects.
Ms Bwalya said ECZ had serious regards for the legal requirements for traditional leaders to be non partisan and had to this effect embarked on meeting with traditional leaders where by-elections were being held. She that the commission had also noticed with concern that the PF political advertisement that was aired on Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (ZNBC) did not adhere to the 30 minutes weekly allocation of air time to political parties.