‘‘IT IS true that I do not have a Grade 12 certificate and we are the ones who allowed the Constitution to be amended but when we raised issues about certain clauses before it was passed we were told that they would be addressed later and when we asked about it later, we were told it was too late,’’ Kafue Member of Parliament Obvious Mwaliteta has said.
But PF vice chairperson for media and publicity committee Sunday Chanda has said Mr Mwaliteta’s inability to re-contest Kafue parliamentary seat should be blamed on himself and not the Patriotic Front (PF).
Speaking at the United Party for National Development (UPND) briefing yesterday at which he and his Mpongwe counterpart Gabriel Namulambe endorsed UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, Mr. Mwaliteta said he might not have the Grade 12 certificate but he represented 75 percent of Zambians who did not have the privilege to obtain the same qualification.
He said he resigned from his ministerial position because it did not make sense for him to enjoy the luxury of his position and being driven around with the Zambian flag yet marketeers could not make ends meet due to poor economic policies of the PF government.
“It is true that I do not have a Grade 12 certificate but I represent the 75 percent of Zambians who did not have the privilege to go to school just like me. It is not that we did not know about this clause. We told some people that we needed to deal with this issue but we were told it would be dealt with later before we were told it was too late.”
And Mr. Namulambe said he will not re-contest the Mpongwe seat because he wants to support the candidate who will be adopted by the UPND.
But Mr. Chanda charged that Mr. Mwaliteta resigned as Lusaka Province minister and opted to defect to the UPND out of frustration because he was barred to re-contest the seat by the amended Constitution of Zambia which prescribes Grade 12 certificate or its equivalent as a qualification.
He said it was unacceptable for Mr. Mwaliteta to blame PF for his misfortune when he was part of the legislators who passed the 2015 Amended Constitution Bill which was later assented to by President Edgar Lungu.UPND cadres assault Frank Bwalya