Mulongoti Okays phased approach on Constitution

 

IT WOULD be cost effective to enact the new Constitution in a phased manner as it has been proposed by Government, People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti has said.

He said it was strange that some stakeholders were rejecting that non-contentious clauses such as the 50+1 percent for a presidential winner and a running mate should go through amendments.

Mr Mulongoti said it would be time consuming and costly to demand that non-contentious clauses in the Draft Constitution should be taken to the referendum when they could be passed through an amendment bill in Parliament.

He told the Daily Nation that he did not understand why some stakeholders were against Government proposed piecemeal amendments which would see the country go to the general elections with the 50+1 percent and running mate clauses in the new Constitution.

Mr Mulongoti stated that he was in agreement with Government’s proposed phased approach in enacting the Constitution so that contentious clauses such as the Bill of Rights could be taken to the referendum.

He said he could not understand why some people were against Parliament enacting the new Constitution which he said would give chance to Members of Parliament to debate the document and make amendments where it would be necessary.

Mr Mulongoti said the advantage of using Parliament to make amendments to the Constitution was that the MPs would have a chance on the floor of the House to compel the Minister of Justice to make amendments to clauses that would be controversial.

He said that he was at a loss that the 50+1 percent which was a majoritarian system of electing a president was now being opposed to go to Parliament so that Zambia could hold the next general elections under the new electoral law.

“I do not see the problem with Government’s proposal that we could have a new Constitution in a phased manner.

We also do not have any quarrels with the referendum but may be the timing. Some people say holding the referendum simultaneously with elections is cost effective and I agree with that. But I am at a loss why there has been resistance that non-contentious clauses such as the 50+1 percent which is a majoritarian system of electing a president should be amended by Parliament.

Zambians have always agreed on this one and the running mate and it would make us go to the general elections next year with these clauses in the Constitution,” Mr Mulongoti said.

He explained that the first past the post system would not give political parties that would be competing in the elections next year a second chance to be voted for if the contenders failed to amass more than 50+1 percent of the vote.

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One Response to “Mulongoti Okays phased approach on Constitution”

  1. Muwelewele says:

    THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE IS THAT AMASSING 50+1% IS A HUGE MOUNTAIN FOR ANY POLITICAL PARTY TO ATTAIN IN AN ELECTION AND THE RUNNING CLAUSE IS BEING OPPOSED AS SOME SCARED POLITICIANS WOULD LIKE TO USING THE APPOINTMENT OF A VICE PRESIDENT AS A REWARD FOR SOME LOYAL PARTY MEMBERS OR LIKE A DANGLING OUT A CARROT TO CERTAIN GROUPS OF PIPO AS A REWARD. WE LIKE OPPOSING EVERYTHING EVEN WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE MATTER OR CONCLUDING WITHOUT MAKING A PROPER ANALYSIS. MPS CAN DEBATE THE AMMENDMENTS IN THE HOUSE WITH A CLEAR MIND THAT THEY ARE REPRESENTING THEIR CONSTITUENCIES. A REFERENDUM IS BLODY IS EXPENSIVE AND CURRENTLY THE TREASURY IS OVER STRETCHED. THERE IS NEED FOR CHANNELLING THE LIMITED RESOURCES TO OTHERS URGENT SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY. THE CONSTITUTION CAN BE GLITTER LIKE DIAMOND BUT IF THE CHARGED WITH RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNANCE ARE WICKED AND CORRUPT ITS AS GOOD AS HAVING NOTHING.SOME NGO’S ARE JUST THERE TO LINE THE POCKETS OF FEW VOCAL GUYS HERE AND THERE. GO OUT IN THE REMOTE PARTS OF ZAMBIA THEY ARE NON EXISTED. WHO DO THEY REPRESENT WHEN THEIR PRESENCE IS JUST FELT WITHIN LUSAKA AND ALONG THE LINE OF RAILWAY. BA MIKE MULONGOTI THOUGH LEADING A ONE MAN PARTY HAS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUS ON THIS ONE.ITS A MATTER OF BEING ALERT AND WATCH THE GRZ IF THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING GOOD FOR THE NATION. WE LIKE TALKING DAY IN DAY OUT AND ACHIEVE NOTHING AT THE END OF THE DAY.I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY NGO THAT IS ADVOCATING ADVANCEMENT IN RESERCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION FOR OUR LOOFING YOUTHS, STREET KIDS ETC. ALL THEY DO IS JUST POLITIKING. LETS CHANGE THE WAY WE DO THINGS. AT 50 YEARS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE VERY DEVELOPED IN TERMS INDUSTRIZATION AND AGRICULTURE ETC.

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