PF/UPND Pact against Extension of NCC sitting

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Patriotic Front Secretary General Wynter Kabimba (l) and Upnd Spokesperson Charles Kakoma at the press briefing in Lusaka

The PF/UPND Pact is not in support of the likely extension of the sitting of the National Constitution Conference (NCC) which is supposed to conclude its sitting on Friday next week. UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma said the pact was worried about the delay in concluding the deliberations of the NCC.

Mr. Kakoma was reacting to NCC Chairperson Chifumu Banda who said that the conference was likely to be extended for another sitting if delegates failed to complete the work of the remaining two committees by Friday next week.

“We are worried because the deliberations are dragging on at a very slow pace meaning that we are unlikely to have a new constitution before the next general elections,” Mr. Kakoma aid.

He said according to the NCC timeframe, the new republican constitution was supposed to be ready last year. Mr. Kakoma said it appeared to be impossible to have a new constitution this year because of the referendum which needed to be held on unresolved articles or issues.

He said according to the NCC timeframe, the new republican constitution was supposed to be ready last year. Mr. Kakoma said it appeared to be impossible to have a new constitution this year because of the referendum which needed to be held on unresolved articles or issues.

The UPND spokesperson revealed that there was no money in this year’s budget for the holding of the referendum, complicating further the likelihood of having a new constitution before 2011 general elections.

“Our pact does not welcome the likely extension of the NCC sittings because the document would have been concluded within the one-year time frame the NCC was given to conclude its business,” Mr. Kakoma said.

The NCC sitting has already been extended once and this would be the second extension since it started sitting more than one year ago.

But Mr. Banda said the conference will go on recess on Friday next week to pave way for the resumption of Parliament sittings on February 23. He said this meant that if the conference failed to complete its work by Friday, it would have to wait for Parliament to adjourn. This however will only happen if delegates fail to conclude the work of the two remaining committees by Friday next week.

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  1. “Our pact does not welcome the likely extension of the NCC sittings because the document would have been concluded within the one-year time frame the NCC was given to conclude its business,” Mr. Kakoma said.” Now Mr Kakoma, are you speaking for UPND or the Pact? The Pact faction of PF boycotted the NCC and even “expelled” some MPs for that, and therefore should have no interest in a new constituition by 2011. Those are some of the contradictions of the Pact, so Mr Kakoma speak for yourself as UPND. Do not waste your breath on the useless PF Pact faction.

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  2. Kakoma, PF is not interested in the outcome of this constitution they boycotted remember. So Mr Kaks as #3 has said here you should say Upnd does not welcome extension of NCC. Coz Upnd is the only one with interest in the deliberations at Ncc. #2 excellent qoutation I Upload Henri Queuille.

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  3. jooste my guy i think you wanted to say applaud, and not upload. secondly i think why kakoma is saying we is because they have become one now. i think i like the strategy of the PACT. one leg in the water the other one on land. they get to have the best of both worlds.

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  4. hello guys, today i have nothing to say. ama problems fulu.yaba. anyways. deuces bane:)>-

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  5. Even if the PF boycotted the NCC they still have the right to comment on matters concerning the NCC because the Constitution which will come out of the NCC will affect everyone including the PF. Moreover it has become imperative for the citizenry to stop this daylight robbery of a process, e.g. the Kunda 5 billion. The legacy left us this elephant, Politics have a way of even corrupting the inchibumba!

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  7. We are just a joke as a country. There seems to be no one with the agenda for this country, lets be careful as a nation otherwise at death we will leave this country worse than we found it. Lets unite for a common purpose and change government, however, it is still a tight schedule. thoz in govt are creating bad laws to remain in power. Peradventure there is change of government, new leadership will inherit bad laws that they will use against us. let us rise as a people and define the future of this country with little self interest. some who thot were indespesable have died, when you evaluate the politcs they practised what are they going to tell the owner (GOD) of the people they maginalised. Warning all types of pilitians, life is no game there is a day to account for every man.

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