Finally Parliament has shown some backbone.
Wynter Kabimba should have known better than go to Parliament unprepared. It is folly to take Parliament and the people of Zambia for granted.
Wynter’s vacuous Parliamentary statement was an insult to Parliament, the Nation and more specifically to our church leaders and the civil society organisations (CSOs), who have implored Government to be more serious, accommodating and magnanimous in the constitution making process.
Instead of heeding the appeal, the executive has chosen arrogance and has become totally insensitive to the people’s wishes and aspirations.
The law is very clear; Parliament apart from being the highest legislative authority has the duty and responsibility on behalf of the people of Zambia of checking the work of government and thereby providing oversight.
Wynter should have taken the cue from the uncharacteristically strong statement from the Catholic Bishops, Christian Churches of Zambia and more recently from the Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Zambia (ECZ), who basically termed President Sata’s statements and approach to the constitution as being hypocritical.
With such strong statements from the church and of course civil society, Wynter should have taken time to study the mood of the nation and respond appropriately. He did not.
Taking people for granted in politics is ill advised at any time.
Better still, the Government should have known that Wynter was not a credible spokesman to speak on serious governance issues. There is tremendous anger over his clearance by the Evans Hamaundu Tribunal which found him blameless for passing a Government legal opinion to a private litigant and his party, but more importantly for passing the same to the Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda on a PF letterhead.Zambians are angry because the whole Tribunal chose to cover-up the very irregular and highly corrupt procedure adopted by the Judiciary to bar popular opposition candidates from participating in by elections.
The judiciary had no business getting involved in barring candidate when the original court did not make a report as required by law.
Wynter should also have been sensitive that and cognizant of the fact that MPs were not amused that later in the day, he would have been presenting a motion for the ratification of Justice Hamaundu and Justice Wood to sit in the Supreme Court, given the issue of his Tribunal as well as the Chikopa Tribunal in which the Development Bank of Zambia scandal is still active.
Equally the revelations that Vice President Guy Scott and Wynter were involved in the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) do not endear the ruling party to the electorate- hence the apparent animosity, because an impression is being created that the ruling party can do no wrong.
More specifically an impression has been created that Parliament has become a mere rubber stamp because the Patriotic Front has managed to garner votes from opposition members who have accepted deputy ministerial positions where they are forced to vote with the Government.
This should not be the case. Parliament should be the House of Representatives carrying the very heavy and onerous responsibility of looking after their interests of the people.