Opposition Patriotic Front, Bangweulu Member of Parliament, Joseph Kasongo, today argued in Parliament that Zambia should adopt the 50 per cent + one vote requirement in the 2011 Presidential elections.
Mr Kasongo is of the view that the country should adopt the absolute majority vote requirement for the winning Presidential candidate as a measure of securing his endorsement as republican President from the people.
Mr. Kasongo said since 2001, the country has been subjected to a minority leadership, because of the present ‘First Pass the post’ system.
Contributing to debate on estimates of revenue and expenditure for the Office of the President, Mr. Kasongo said 50 per cent + one system should be embraced in order for the country to enhance its democracy.
He contended that a President, who wins an election through majority vote, would have less critics hence could concentrate more on development issues than mere politicking.
He advised that Zambia should learn from other African countries like Ghana, that have succeeded in using the 50 per cent + one vote system for winning Presidents.
He, further, cautioned that there should be a distinction between a political party president and a Head of State because a head of state embraces people from different sections of society irrespective of political differences.
And Mr. Kasongo said the First lady should not enjoy any executive powers because doing so undermines the full operation of cabinet.
He maintained that the First Lady should strictly focus at her role as spouse of the republican President.
Mbabala UPND MP, Emmanuel Hichipuka, bemoaned the continued depreciation of the Kwacha against the United States Dollar.
Mr. Hachipuka charged that the continued depreciation of the kwacha could derail investor confidence and worsen the effects of the global economic recession on the country.
Sinda FDD MP, Joseph Ngoma, regretted that the State House is under threat due to the move by second republican Fredrick Chiluba to temper with security measures designed for the interest of the President and the nation as a whole.
In his debate, Mr. Ngoma submitted that government should consider construct another State House, to prove for the establishment of new security measures that would not easily be compromised.
Earlier, Vice President, George Kunda, said President Rupiah Banda has exhibited leadership qualities of deliver the required development in all sectors of the economy.
Mr. Kunda said the Office of President has exhibited good governance through the executive powers vested on the past and current Presidents.
He has appealed to all Zambians to embrace and respect President Banda adding that Zambia has seen economic development amid the global melt-down.