Take back Constitution

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu should send  back the amended Constitution Amendment Bill to Parliament for another review as it has many contentious issues, says Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) president Edwin Sakala.

Mr. Sakala told Daily Nation that his party met recently to review the passing of the Bill and found that there were many contentious issues that needed careful thought before the Bill was assented.

“We resolved to advise His Excellency President Lungu, to recall the constitution bill 16 & 17/2015, and send it back to Parliament for review,” Mr. Sakala said.

He disclosed that ZDDM had consulted a number of political parties, and that the majority of them were not happy with certain amendments made by MPs.

Mr. Sakala charged that Parliament should never have passed the Bill with any amendment, but should have preserved the articles as submitted by the people.

He also said ordinary citizens had a negative perception on the passing of the Bill 16/17 of 2015 with amendments when they never authorised Parliament to remove or amend any article

 “Most political parties are unhappy with MPs amending the constitutional bill to remove some important articles such as clause 47 (2), 68 (6) – 3 and 69 the mixed proportional representation (PR) and the devolved governance decentralisation) articles,

 “Many political parties view the move as a denial of the people’s will whose resolve at the national convention, was that Parliament should never  pass the Bill with any amendment, but to preserve the articles as submitted by the people,” he said.

He observed that the mixed proportional representation will add value to parliament as poor people would be represented through political party lists and would not feel left out.

Mr. Sakala also indicated that the devolved governance would help the nation sort out the outstanding Barotse Agreement issue, adding that it would also bring massive development to every region by utilization of local resources and creating jobs.

 

“It is our desired prayer that the President will reflect seriously on this, because giving the people the Constitution they want is growing him popularity by a 1000 percent,” he said.

Take back Constitution

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu should send  back the amended Constitution Amendment Bill to Parliament for another review as it has many contentious issues, says Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) president Edwin Sakala.

Mr. Sakala told Daily Nation that his party met recently to review the passing of the Bill and found that there were many contentious issues that needed careful thought before the Bill was assented.

“We resolved to advise His Excellency President Lungu, to recall the constitution bill 16 & 17/2015, and send it back to Parliament for review,” Mr. Sakala said.

He disclosed that ZDDM had consulted a number of political parties, and that the majority of them were not happy with certain amendments made by MPs.

Mr. Sakala charged that Parliament should never have passed the Bill with any amendment, but should have preserved the articles as submitted by the people.

He also said ordinary citizens had a negative perception on the passing of the Bill 16/17 of 2015 with amendments when they never authorised Parliament to remove or amend any article

 “Most political parties are unhappy with MPs amending the constitutional bill to remove some important articles such as clause 47 (2), 68 (6) – 3 and 69 the mixed proportional representation (PR) and the devolved governance decentralisation) articles,

 “Many political parties view the move as a denial of the people’s will whose resolve at the national convention, was that Parliament should never  pass the Bill with any amendment, but to preserve the articles as submitted by the people,” he said.

He observed that the mixed proportional representation will add value to parliament as poor people would be represented through political party lists and would not feel left out.

Mr. Sakala also indicated that the devolved governance would help the nation sort out the outstanding Barotse Agreement issue, adding that it would also bring massive development to every region by utilization of local resources and creating jobs.

“It is our desired prayer that the President will reflect seriously on this, because giving the people the Constitution they want is growing him popularity by a 1000 percent,” he said.

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