UPND DEFENDS AMENDED CONSTITUTION

THE United Party for National Development (UPND) says it does not want the new amended Constitution to be subjected to yet another amendment to satisfy those who have fallen victim to clauses such as a Grade 12 certificate or its equivalent for anyone aspiring to participate in any elective position in the August general elections.

UPND presidential spokesperson for special duties Edward Mumbi disclosed that some senior Patriotic Front (PF) officials, members of Parliament and ministers have been petitioning President Edgar Lungu to consider taking the amended Constitution back to Parliament to amend certain clauses believed to be unfriendly.

He said President Lungu should be commended for having respected the decision of the PF and MMD members of Parliament and he should not be arm-twisted to take the amended Constitution back to Parliament to satisfy those who had been disqualified by some progressive clauses in the new law.

“The UPND has no problem with the amended Constitution and we want to go to the general elections with the entirety of the clauses that were amended. The amended Constitution was extensively debated; the clauses such as Grade 12 certificate or its equivalent was unanimously passed by Parliament.

‘‘But we are concerned that some PF officials, MPs and ministers have been petitioning President Lungu to consider taking back the amended Constitution to Parliament for yet another amendment. Many of the PF MPs have become victims of the Grade 12 certificate clause and want it changed. My advice to the President is that he should not succumb to the demands of his MPs or ministers and attempt to alter any part of the new law,” Mr Mumbi said.

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