The Labor movement has described as premature calls by the opposition UPND to impeach President Michael Sata. Zambia Congress of Trade Unions(ZCTU) said that there is no basis to call of the impeachment of the head of state.
Union General Secretary Roy Mwaba said that calls were untimely as the people calling for that have failed to outline the basis on which to remove the president from office. He said that no Zambian president has ever been impeached since independence.
Mr. Mwaba called on the opposition to be practical in their criticism and not only create arguments that have no basis. He was responding to a question from MUVI TV during a media briefing in Lusaka today.
Yesterday, the UPND announced plans to present a private members bill in the next sitting of parliament to impeach President Sata for alleged abuse of office.
UPND Presidential Advisor, Douglas Siakalima said that President Sata should be impeached and his immunity stripped when parliament resumes sitting.
He has accused the president of abusing his office in the past four months he has presided over national affairs.
Mr Siakalima, who is immediate past Siavonga parliamentarian, said that the president abused his office when he urged the Director of Public Prosecution to investigate former ruling party officials who are alleged to have abused their offices.
But president Sata’s Special Assistant for Press and Public relations, George Chellah wished the UPND all the best in the endeavour.
Mr Chellah told MUVI TV News in a telephone interview that Zambia is a democratic country and moves for a president’s impeachment are allowed.