YALI takes on UPND over by-election


UPND should not be hypocritical in advising against unnecessary by-elections when they too have contributed to the wastage of taxpayers’ money after they decided to expel their three Members of Parliament working with the PF Government, says Young African Leaders Initiative governance advisor Isaac Mwanza.

Mr Mwanza said YALI was concerned with the opposition party’s decision to expel the MPs when it could have delayed its action to wait  for 2016.

He said the party found it convenient to induce by-elections at an hour like this by upholding its decision to expel Shang’ombo MP Poniso Njeulu who was western province minister, including Iteshi Teshi’s Greyford Monde and Richwell Siamunene of Sinazongwe constituency who served as deputy ministers in the ministries of Agriculture and of Commerce respectively.

“UPND is one of the political parties that have been against by-elections which they tamed as wastage of taxpayers money and YALI wonders why the party could not spare the three MPs till the adoption process for MPs that will contest the elections of 2016 if they re-apply to contest their seats on UPND ticket.

“In the same vein, we feel that PF should have withheld the temptation to expel its two MPs who campaigned for the opposition UPND as the timeframe to the next election is so short,” he said.

He explained that as YALI, they appreciated the ideologies of subscribing to one political party which called for particular allegiance to its ideologies, and that choosing to support another party was an automatic defection.

Mr Mwanza said both the PF and the UPND should not have expelled their members, but instead should have used the 2016 adoption process to “deal” with MPs as that would have helped to save the much needed taxpayers money.”

He called on both parties to support the constitutional reforms in Parliament in order to address the issues that allowed for by-elections.

“We reiterate once again that it is possible to come up with a good Constitution that addresses these political issues without necessarily worrying about the referendum.

“YALI appeals to Government and the Minister of Justice to quickly guide the nation on the direction the Constitution reform process is likely to take and speed up processes for amending the Constitution while preparing for the national referendum,” Mr Mwanza said.

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