MMD president Nevers Mumba has congratulated President Edgar Lungu for his courage to assent to the long-awaited amended Constitution Bill.
But the UPND and the Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) have said they will not be part of today’s signing ceremony of the Constitution Amendment Bill at the National Heroes Stadium because it is a sheer waste of time and resources.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davies Chama has said the UPND and ADD can continue shunning national events but they would not change Government’s programmes as they were not a factor.
Dr. Mumba said the MMD had no regrets of having supported the Bill and has since commended MMD Members of Parliament who participated in the constitution-making process.
“We are happy to be part of the process and every Zambian must be proud that some of the clauses that we have been looking for have now been put in the document so that it can become law. As MMD, we are gratified that the work we started had been concluded by our colleagues in the PF,” he said.
But UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said his party would not be part of the ceremony because the event was an exercise aimed making allowances for those in Government, thereby milking more money from the State coffers by calling for people from across the country to come to Lusaka to witness it when it could have been held at State House.
“We will not be part of the reckless expenditure where each time Government officials want to make money for themselves they call for such a gathering. This is why we have always said that there is need for Government to control its expenditure and we refuse to be part of this allowance-making event.
And FDD president Charles Milupi told the Daily Nation that his party had more important things to do today than parading itself at the stadium to witness the signing of the document which could be done at State House.
“This is not an event that should require any public accolades. We have had constitutional amendments in 1969, 1991, etc being signed at State House; so what is special about these piecemeal amendments that we should all go to Heroes? We have better things to do as a party today,” Mr. Milupi said.
But Mr. Chama said the two political parties would not have attended the event even if they were invited to State House because they were opposed to all national events as evidenced by their absence from the day of national prayers and fasting.
He said even if the UPND and ADD shunned the event, the programme would go as scheduled because they were not a factor.