MMD's Dr Nevers Mumba
MMD’s Dr Nevers Mumba

Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) President Dr. Nevers Mumba says he is very encouraged that both the American Government and the Patriotic Front Government have agreed with the MMD position on the Constitution-making process as stated during the Presidential Debate on 15th January 2015 at Mulungushi Conference Centre.

Dr. Mumba said that owing to the challenging imperatives related to costs, logistics and public sensitization in at least 150 constituencies, it is almost impossible to enact the current draft Constitution before the 2016 General Election because it contains amendments to the Bill of Rights which require a Referendum to be held first. The Bill of Rights can only be legally amended via a Referendum.

This is why the New Hope MMD holds the view that political parties that had promised to enact the new Constitution before the 2016 elections were either insincere or just ignorant of how Government functions. In a statement released on 21st January 2015 in which Dr. Mumba conceded electoral defeat, he said,

A referendum requires planning, logistics, funding and sensitization of the public in every district which is difficult to do in 18 months…. A more realistic, practical and result-oriented approach is the MMD position of immediately taking separate important bills to parliament in order to address the following issues before the 2016 elections:

  1. 50% + 1 electoral system
  2. Presidential running mate
  3. Reduction of the powers of the President
  4. Freedom of Information and improved press freedom
  5. The NGO Act
  6. Public Order Act
  7. Dual Citizenship
  8. Cabinet from outside Parliament
  9. Decentralization
  10. Preventing parliamentary defectors from contesting seats for the life of the parliament they are in.

Dr. Mumba said the position of the party is to hold the referendum after the 2016 Elections to allow for proper planning and mobilization of all necessary resources.

On the size of government, Dr. Mumba said that he is concerned that rather than reducing the size of government especially in light of the escalating budget deficit, the government has maintained two deputy ministers in some ministries and has announced plans to split at least three ministries which shall result in additional costly appointments.

As stated in the MMD Ten Point Masterplan unveiled on 5th January 2015, the MMD proposed to reduce cabinet to 17 full ministers and only 27 deputy and provincial ministers, with one Permanent Secretary per ministry, all aimed at reducing the high cost of personal emoluments.

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78 COMMENTS

    • You have every right to feel vindicated because it makes sense. On other hand, the New Hope MMD should disband amicably just like someone said a few days ago. Your ‘flock’ is looking over the fence for greener pastures.

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    • Money is never an issue where there is a political will. Lungu had no campaign money, but he sought help from RB and funds were made available.

      Even poor Zimbabwe with a poor credit record managed to get donor funding to enact a new constitution. What more Zambia?

      MMD lacked political will to deliver the constitution. PF also lacks the political will to deliver the new constitution.

      MMD has now gone to bed with PF.

      MMD ‘s stance on the constitution is no surprise at all because during its time it failed to enact a people driven constitution, and PF has failed as well after lying that PF will give the constitution in 90 days.

      Zambian crop of politicians are all a joke except HH ‘s team which has the political will to deliver new constitution no matter what.

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    • MUMBA YOU ARE JUST TOO MOUTHFUL! WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY. ZAMBIA STILL HAS A LOT OF TIME TO EMBARK ON THIS PROCESS AND BE ABLE TO DELIVER THE NEW CONSTITUTION TO THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA BEFORE ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR. ZAMBIA HAS A LOT OF MONEY, BUT GOVERNMENT LEADERS ABUSE IT EVERY BLESSED DAY, THAT’S WHY THE COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY FINANCIALLY CHOKED! WE WANT A REFERENDUM, AND WE WANT A NEW CONSTITUTION BEFORE ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR, PERIOD. MUMBA JUST WANTS TO CHANCE PRESIDENCY USING THIS OLD AND CORRUPTED CONSTITUTION.

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    • @Harry
      It might surprise you what my dear Nevers is thinking. He is the man that wears a coat of many colours.

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    • Its precisely because such retrogressive articles like 79(3) and others in the constitution that we in UPND need this current constitution gone and replaced by a new progressive one.

      So it seems Lungu was just following HH blindly by releasing copied road map from UPND?

      HH is pragmatic. What ever he embarks on gets done. This explains why is wealthy . He sees opportunities and solutions where many Zambian politicians see nothing.

      Money for the referendum was going to be found by trimming the bloated government for a start. Then put in measures to find efficiency savings by cutting out waste more especially in the government procurement processes.

      Where there is a will there is always a way.

      Only wimps like MMD and PF chicken out when the going gets tough.

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    • Lungu is playing tune, and many tuntemba political parties are dancing to his tune.

      The only one standing firm on the demand for a fair Zambia is HH.

      I know most these political leaders have thrown in a towel because they are thinking what the heck, Zambian people do not want anything better, they are used to suffering, so bet it, I just join Lungu and PF so I can eat with them. Only wimps do that.

      Real men and women in HH’s team remain steadfast and focussed on giving checks and balances.

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    • Mumba, you are just a hired gun. You have little support at the country level to be deciding what should be done with regards to enacting the new constitution. The idea of a weak constitution is what has led to the bloated government in the first place. Just in case you have been promised a job, keep it to yourself.

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    • It’s sheer PF madness. We were promised the constitution in 90 days. And now we can’t have it in 5 years!

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    • Zambia is what it because on average Zambians are low minded. Recently, during campaigns a road map by HH was accused of being a Govt document such attempts were made to think of that road map as one plagiarised. Today, USA voice is heard to back PF stand that we cannot have it by 2016. Very unfortunate. No one wins. No one losese. This foolishness haunts every and each zambian.

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  1. I’m yet to hear HH position on the constitution in the face of the obious information that is unfolding. Talking about being visionless, Nevers Mumba forsaw this, Edgar Lungu can be forgiven because he did not commit and refused to sign the social contract and it can be argued that knew it would be impossible.

    But for HH, he trully demonstrates how visionless he was on this. He didn’t even bother to read article 19 and I bet he doesn’t even know the bill of rights. All he know is how to make promises so ge can get to State House.

    I think going forward as parliament opens PF needs to table the above 10 points in parliament so that we move forward.

    We can do referendum next year on the BILL of RIGHTS

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    • Aha PF minions are funny. They only follow the law strictly when it comes to quoting it for their political expediency.

      How come on requirements of holding rallies and meetings the law is always not quoted strictly.

      There is no law in Zambia which prohibits people to assemble as long as they have informed the police. So where does this issue of permits come from when the law just requires the police to be informed and nothing else.

      Zambia is a banana republic under PF.

      Any way let them delay the constitution until 2016, for UPND ‘s own good so that we can win by 100 votes only.

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    • MMD Chief bootlicker has again lost it. He seems to be obsessed with HH for some reason. Even any comment that is far away from HH, he thinks about HH first. MMD is like that girl who was once beautiful and has made all the classic mistakes a woman can make and is now worthless and market less and trying hard to sleep with you today. PF run away, MMD has nothing they have to offer apart from AIDS. No Constituency, no nothing. In 2016 they will have no MP and hence their desire to merge before the shame sets in.

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    • People this issue is about Article 79 (3) of the current Constitution of Zambia, please go and read it and come back and we debate sensibly. You have to respect the current consitution if you are to respect the new one you want.

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    • Its precisely because such retrogressive articles like 79(3) and others in the constitution that we in UPND need this current constitution gone and replaced by a new progressive one.

      So it seems Lungu was just following HH blindly by releasing copied road map from UPND?

      HH is pragmatic. What ever he embarks on gets done. This explains why is wealthy . He sees opportunities and solutions where many Zambian politicians see nothing.

      Money for the referendum was going to be found by trimming the bloated government for a start. Then put in measures to find efficiency savings by cutting out waste more especially in the government procurement processes.

      Where there is a will there is always a way.

      Only wimps like MMD and PF chicken out when the going gets tough.

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    • @MMD bootlicker,Sir I beg to differ.In the first place MMD messed up the initial constitutional making process so they must just shut up or continue bootlicking pf’s bums.
      Don’t speak for HH because he is a very pragmatic leader and besides UPND made a commitment to have the process completed.
      Now that EL is in state house,he wouldn’t risk his position in next years’s elections.
      FACT:LUNGU IS NOT GOING TO ALLOW THE ENACTMENT OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION ,NOT NOW, NOT EVER!

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    • Again MMD Bootlicker you are spot on. I wonder who the legal adviser to HH is? Is it the reason why the constitution of UpDn is so flawed? The current constitution requires that for any referendum to be valid more than 50% of the eligible voters have to take part. Recent past history shows that less than 50% of eligible voters take part in an election. Mind you these elections are heavily campaigned with promises flying all over the place but still less than 50% turn up to vote. With a referendum no political party will be promising anything, does any SANE person expect that more than 50% of the eligible voters will turn up to vote? By signing the grand coalition contract HH showed his ineptitude when it comes to legal matters. Or then again may be HH knew he was going to lose again.

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    • People where is Guy Scott? Where is Sylvia Masebo? Can some one remind me what Sylvia used to say about ECL? Which political party is she going to join?

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    • If you think the new constitution will increase your salary or create a job for you, read it again. There is nothing fundamentally different in this new constitution except to increase cost of running government and to bring instability in government. Wake up.

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  2. What is unfair to the Zambian people is that when the environment to change the constitution, MMD and subsequently PF dragged their feet giving all manner of excuses and delaying tactics and the opportunities slipped by. Now that the people have hope that the process may be moved forward and concluded, real issues are emerging, which were not issues then.
    Unfortunately for the current government, this now sounds like “cry wolf” story. It is no longer believable, when it should be!

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    • PF and UPND in opposition defeated the enactment of new constitution under MMD rule. Though Mumba usually receives negative vibe on the blog, for once I agree that New Hope MMD master plan is the best way to go. We have only 18 months and it will be suicide to hold elections on the current piece of cow dung called constitution. Am in favour of cabinet outside parliament to move away from cadreism, regionalism and patronage. This is working very well in Kenya, where cadres MPs who are backbenchers have lots of learning to do. We do not need cadres such as Kambwili to be cabinet ministers. We need professionals and technocrats

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    • UPND WOULD BE WORSE ON THIS THAN ANY PRECEDING PARTY. IT’S CLEAR THAT IT’S LEADERSHIP ARE VERY BLANK ON REFERENDUM ISSUE. THEY’RE LEARNING NOW AND U WILL SEE HOW HH WILL CRY “WOLF”!! SOON…

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  3. Doomed political chancer…

    come back to minister to us, we need you on the pulpit at Victory Ministries

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  4. Money is never an issue where there is a political will. Lungu had no campaign money, but he sought help from RB and funds were made available.

    Even poor Zimbabwe with a poor credit record managed to get donor funding to enact a new constitution. What more Zambia?

    MMD lacked political will to deliver the constitution. PF also lacks the political will to deliver the new constitution.

    MMD has now gone to bed with PF.

    MMD ‘s stance on the constitution is no surprise at all because during its time it failed to enact a people driven constitution, and PF has failed as well after lying that PF will give the constitution in 90 days.

    Zambian crop of politicians are all a joke except HH ‘s team which has the political will to deliver new constitution no matter what.

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    • My Friend, this is not a money issue , so typical of blindness in among UPND cadres and their leaders ..this is about Article 79 (3) of the current Constitution of Zambia. read it and come back and blog here again

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    • @wanzelu always off tangent. We know you are hh fanatic but try to be reasonable for once. This issue is not only about money but logistical challenges especially time between now and the next election. Break it down for us how you are going to hold both the referendum and general elections by September 2016. Mind you, for the referendum it is about ELIGIBLE, NOT REGISTERED voters.

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    • MMD bootsomething. You seemed to have a life, but going by the number of your postings and level of argument, it is clear you need to have a life. The article you are referring to is far from being the issue. Once the masses are educated on the need to vote in the referendum, the numbers referred to in there will be met. The only argument which may hold water, is that you have no confidence in the current govt to govern people around motivating them to vote. If that is the argument then you have a case.

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  5. This constitution will never pass, at least under PF government. Sata hated the constitution such that it gave him nightmares just like he had phobia of bald heads. Edgar seem to be carrying out Sata’s vision by rejecting the constitution. All those who think this constitution will pass must forget. The writings are clear on the wall. Try Muliokela.

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  6. Whatever the case, Yemu-Yemu-Dee is no more: it is dead, killed by one immoral RB…Mumba should just resign and join another party or go back to the pulpit and pound sodomized and gomorarized Zambia back to Jesus.

    However, the idea of cabinet from outside parliarment, and Preventing parliamentary defectors from contesting seats for the life of the parliament they are in, are excellent…cadres and chibuku are such a disgrace.

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    • @Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, your screen name is ridiculously long, therefore it is difficulty to be part of the debate. Are you from Sri Lanka? How did you come up with such a silly name? Are you hiding something?

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  7. 50% + 1 electoral system and presidential running mate have failed in Zimbabwe…that’s why you still have that ailing chimpanzee in Zim, falling down straight too the flow after every flight of stairs.

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  8. Wether we put 50% +1in constitution UPND can never win elections and HH can ever be President never in his lifetime

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  9. what is wrong with just getting another euro bond for the referendum since thats the panacea to all our financial problems. Besides we have the capacity to pay back which is an important justification for borrowing

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  10. Breaking News:

    Circumcised men may soon be able to REGROW their foreskin: New technique could help increasing number of men angry they were given the procedure
    Growing number of men are angry at being circumcised as an infant
    They call themselves ‘intactivists’ and say procedure led to insensitivity
    US and UK Surgical Team is now researching methods to regrow a human foreskin.
    Hopes to regenerate foreskin much like a salamander can re-grow a limb. Many of them are congregating on forums on websites such as foreskin-restoration.net and circumstitions.com, angry that their foreskins were removed before they were old enough to consent or understand the implications of the procedure. Many complain that they experience de-sensitivity in the head of the penis and cannot enjoy sex Ain…

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    • @ SHREK, NECK LESS KAMBWILI….this has nothing to do with the topic on the table….However, good to note another swindle of the Zambian male folks by Manaseh Phiri (and that Chipangali Vincent Mwanza,) and the NGOs who communicate only one side of the benefits…Ifintu ni two-two, positive/negative, dark/light, heaven/hell, white/black….most of the Zambian men still blindly think they have all the benefits of male genital mutilation (thats what MC, actually is) and even enter live in women they find at mosi drinking sprees…get the facts, evaluate, decide, the act, efintu!

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    • That is actually true. But which is better, to die early with your foreskin intact or live longer without the foreskin. The choice is yours.

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  11. The Referendum on the Constitution should be combined with the 2016 tripartite election. That will be a cost effective way of doing things. Let us sort all the issues so we are ready for the referendum in 2016

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  12. Never Mumba, you’re right.Turn out will be less than 20% during referendum. Meaning it will be a waste of resources.let us just amend those important clauses than going for a referundum.People are tired of voting.

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  13. BRAVO NEVERS. THIS IS HOW AN OPPOSITION LEADER IS SUPPOSED TO BE PART OF THE GOVERNANCE SYSTEM. YOU ARE MAKING A WELL-REASONED SUGGESTION WHICH EVEN ECL AND KAMBWILI WILL AGREE WITH. NEVERS YOUR KIND OF MATURITY IS WHAT ZAMBIA’S YOUNG DEMOCRACY NEEDS, NOT THE CRYING BITTER TYPE ALWAYS SAYING THEIR VOTE WAS STOLEN.

    INSPITE OF HAVING BEEN BADLY DRIBBLED BY MUHABI AND ALABI, NEVERS IS UPBEAT AND MOVING ON AND MAKING PROGRESSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO HELP CHAGWA GOVERN THIS COUNTRY. HE WAS THE FIRST TO CONCEDE DEFEAT, THE FIRST TO CONGRATULATE CHAGWA, HE ATTENDED THE INAUGURAL CEREMNOY AND EVERYONE SAW HIM CHEERFUL AND SMILING ON THE SCREEN, WHILE OTHERS STAYED AWAY CRYING. NO WONDER CHAGWA HAD NO PROBLEMS CONSULTING HIM ON KAINGU AND MWALE’S APPOINTMENTS AS MINISTERS. KEEP IT UP.

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  14. That’s a good one nevers. we are one, one Zambia one nation. lets all work together on this one for the generation to come. lets not take pleasure in seeing someone fail

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  15. is it true that the rains are following the voting pattern in last ended presidential by elections.

    is it true that the increase in the number of miniskirts is due to global warming?

    Is it true that the increase in the number of men with short hair is due to global warming?

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    • Zambian people are simply cursed and there eyes are blind.Our costitution has been on the table from 2006 up to now.Whats wrong with us kashi.I very disppointed to have been born a zambian.Its high time i renounce my citizenship.How can a person leave in a country full tribalist and visionless monkeys.Always fighting for a cut from government contracts.Borrowing is the order of the day ,no production.Zambia,Zambia,Zambia ma Rubish.

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  16. Can someone clarify if say referendum was to be held to amend the bill of rights in our constitution and then at least 50% voted in favour. Now the only body in Zambia to enact that change into law is parliament and suppose it is defeated in parliament what happens. Am trying to compare with one European country where its citizens voted in favour of something but its government rejected up to now that change has not been effected.

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  17. We should also consider adding number 11: amend the electoral act so that the disenfranchised can be allowed to vote. This includes those who have moved from their original areas of registration, and those who for various reasons reside outside of the country. That way we can speak about voter numbers and apathy among other matters more intelligently.

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  18. So does any one know exactly the projected cost of adopting the constitution through the referendum?
    I’m tired of the alarmist way of just saying that it is expensive without even letting people know exactly how much it will cost.

    Zambia is capable of mobilizing funds and secure good governance today and for future generations to come. The adoption of the constitution in its entirety through a referendum must be treated as an investment in the rule of law. This must be accorded the resources it deserves.

    And it is very feasible to adopt it through the referendum if government expenditure irregularities are curtailed.

    Just have a good read of the auditor general report for the FY2014.
    Is the blotted cabinet worth the expenditure of tax payers money, at the expense of the…

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  19. continued….

    constitution? A modern people driven constitution?

    Wake up people.

    Dr Mumba is donching as well. I can smell a very big rat!

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  20. Who remembers 1990. Because citizen were bold then we were able to bring elections forward by three years. We can still do the same. Only now we push forward to allow for the referendum if it is necessary. After all we elect an individual & not a party so ECL will still be within his 5yrs. The moribund parly can overstay it makes no difference in its current form. Where there is a will there is a way.
    Citizens be bold again & claim what is yours. Its not for ECL to give its for you to take. Grand coalition give leadership you are too comfortable. How we miss Fr. Komokoma & all of the real oasis forum.

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    • I think you are living the past. 1991 had its reasons and its not the people who brought the elections forward! KK was just tired of being President of Zambia and so he cared less. So don’t try and come out as though we were not there.

      You guys in UPND are useless, why have you failed to sort out your failed president but instead try and run to bigger things you don’t even understand? Ask yourselves, why did Mr. Sata call HH an Under Five? It was not for fun, he knew what he meant and as long as you bury your heads in the sand, the status quo shall remain, WEAK OPPOSITION FOREVER.

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  21. MMD Bootlicker and Mumba BR Jnr, you make alot of sense – day in day out. Without the likes of you these blog sites would easily have turned into kindergatten play grounds, judging by most of the gutter posts. Keep enriching the Zambian blogging landscape. You’re tops; simply needless to even proclaim yourselves Bloggers of the day, month or century. Vioneka veka (cream always rises to the top). Chau.

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  22. its just 50 +1 clause that can be removed ,public order act,clauses 10 and 3 then you can enact.where is the problem.this can be done even without money

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  23. Is this the same Nevers Mumba who was advocating for referendum to determine destiny of Western Province during his campaign for Presidential Elections in Mongu? Or is this Anaza one?

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    • Its true, Mr. Chikwanda hasn’t been very helpful either to Mr. Sata and he should mislead H.E. Mr. Changwa Lungu. I have also reservation about Nkandu Luo and Shamenda, these guys are tired and as long as they get the perks its okay with them.

      We need pragmatic Ministers like Kambwili, Yaluma, Mwanakatwe, Lubinda and a few others. These are already working and supporting the President as it should be.
      Yamfwa must also up his sleeves. The RDA chaps have gone to sleep. Look at the pace of the Link 8000, L400 and L2000 projects, some contractors are just too slow. I hope the new education Minister will ensure the University projects are accelerated because we need these infrastructural development undertakings quickly.

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  24. Do people not listen to Gov’t?

    The question remains the same. What is wrong with passing most changes via parliament? Then having a referendum for the bill of rights at the same time as the general election in 2016.

    I am not sure Pastor Nevers has answered that. Nor has anyone in any Grand standing coalition. Do people not understand even the basics of we cannot afford it!

    The good thing is this also has vindicated the PF. Why was 90 days an issue, if everyone now realises it is far more complex than that?

    It’s clear for the opposition, the constitution is something to beat the PF over the head with for political gain and that is no way to encourage the voters your way, Pastor Nevers!

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    • About this bloated cabinet etc…is it not opposition that said gov’t is not representative enough. If all provinces and cross party appointments help in equalities maybe that ought to be the size of it.

      You can’t have it all. Representative gov’t or one party domination.

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  25. The 50+1 clause does not even hold water any more. It must die a natural death. Hh almost won the electiions with 3 provinces ie southern, western and north western. It will not add any value to the new constitution. It will just be a waste of resources.

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    • 50+1 is the piece of legislation that can help fight tribalism and restore dignity in the elected president.Why do i say so?Anyone to win under 50+1 needs to form alliances with other regions of Zambia,for example if the leading contender is from northern (Bemba) he cant win without the help of southern or western provinces.If he is from southern (Tonga) he will not win without northern.What this means is that leaders will be forced to recognise others.It was helps to produce a highly qualified president for example in Liberia if there was no 50+1 an Educated Goerge ware was going to win at the expense of Miss S Johnson ,who had worked for UN and was experienced in Government.George weya was just a simple footballer.This would have impacted badly on Liberia.

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  26. First I agree with you Nevers. The issues you have listed in fact are the most contentious ones.

    But the begging questions are:

    (1) Will parliament pass them as they are or they will be subjected to PF voting in Parliament?

    (2) How long ago did PF realise that there is only 18 months remaining?

    (3) Boot Licker even your brother Edgar Lungu released a road map. What is your comment on your brother EL road map which he cried loudly that it was stolen from him by HH.

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  27. @ wanzelu

    Ati “HH is pragmatic. What ever he embarks on gets done”. Please please spare us from this stup1d1ty. You are so brainwashed by this chap called HH that you don’t even realize that you are just an empty tin yourself. If your HH was intelligent as you put, how come he has failed to ascend to Presidency on four occasions? In the last elections, all factors favored him but he was walloped and for your own information, forget HH and start looking for another person to stand on your party ’cause in 2016 you will be deeply buried.

    Can one person surely hold the monopoly of wisdom in a club like yours? Come out the box iwe ulibe nzelu. Ask your HH to reduce the price of his beef if at he can ’cause some of his workers have never even tasted the meat he boasts about.

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    • @ Secret Code, your heart seems to ache so hard each time you hear or see HH lable on the wall..I am very surprised, do you think or you are just like a Chimpanzee in Zoo, scared of the unkown leopard attack….visionless azzhole, get a life and evolve out of that concrete insulation of hate and ignornace…if you cant get laid and flash your stress coupled with your idyocy, hang…HH threw a stone, it gave the tribalist in bembaland a sense of feeling…IDIYOTI

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    • Secret code its you who is stupity.HH won but his victory was stolen.Thats why Lungu will never see peace because stolen Victory brings no happiness.HH will not force people to put him as president but will vindicated as the saying goes on ONLY THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.If God said HH will be president no one will stop that from happening.Lungu was UPND so was Mwanawasa so UPND has produced two president,so UPND is a the only strong opposition party since it was created.It took Sata 10yrs and HH will also win even with rigging in 2016 because we shall vote in large numbers.There is nothing like majority tribe or small tribe we shall prove you wrong.

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  28. The problem is that UPND cadres think by HH making a list of what I will BLa Bla Bla do then he has what it takes to fix the economy and Kwacha. Far from it.
    Kwacha is depreciating simply because earnings from copper sales have reduced. The price of copper had reduced from about USD7500/mt to USD4700/Mt. China has reduced on buying the metal.
    Whether the kwacha will be K20 to USD1 or K1000 to USD1, EL will win 2016 elections
    Whether with new constitution or not, EL will win 2016 elections.
    UPND stands a little chance to win if HH is replaced as leader because in 4 lost elections, he has said all he could to the people but have rejected him. So there is nothing for UPND. Its not about the economy but whether HH is a salable or marketable product which he is not. Finito

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    • @JL…you are very dull, I sympathise….time for election is over, its time to work…start that again in 14 months …cadre

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  29. @ secret code if kk cared less he was not going to stand in ’91 or try to run in ’96. But then that is not the point.
    The point is as a citizenry we are too lazy to fix our issues. We want ECL to give us a constitution.
    It is not his job. His job & parley’s is to facilitate. It is our job to give ourselves a constitution that is why it is called people driven.
    So let us stand up & make a difference. If we do not need a new constitution, fine, but let the decision be ours together. As for labelling ourselves as opposition or ruling, that’s not necessary. Electioneering is over until the next elections.

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  30. If the constitution is not enacted this year, 2015 then it will never be enacted. We need to go forward. We are getting fed up and starting to lose confidence.

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  31. Dr Mumba
    Reducing powers of President is not a good thing. A powerful president is better than a weak president. Power is given to a president to cage the cunning rich people and to protect the weal
    Excessive freedom of press will make Mmembe more stupid and jailing people in his paper
    50% + 1 vote is not an issue because one can win by 1 vote. Does it mean the loser in this case does not have the following required to rule. Simple majority is the best
    Dual citizenship is mischief. we can not have a Taliban at the same time a Zambian to be our President. This works for criminals.
    Running mate has caused problems in Zimbabwe and Malawi. These are dangerous experiments which undermines the President.
    I agree with the manner you want constitution enacted

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  32. Well said Nevers Mumba. Those points are very much valid and hope EL and his government can consider. Many blogers have no idea how a referadum works. It is an election on the mode of how the constitution will be adopted. Possbilies are there that the No votes can be more than the yes. While money is not an issue we have the censors, the voters registration, the continued by elections and finally the General elections. All these are by no means small undertakings. Make matters worse the majority of our voters are in rural areas not interested in a new constitution or a referandum which they will not understand its benefits. The Nevers way is better and cost effective. WELL DONE DR. MUMBA.

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  33. @mwine munzi you are too childish and very dull. Who told you that less than 50% will always be voting? Ulichipuba fye. When it comes to a constitution people will vote in large numbers provided it is done in the dry season. Stop cheating yourself and showing us how dull you are.
    Let the people decide by voting not animals like you to think on behalf of others like Nevers Mumba who will never lead this country because of his unfaithfulness to his church and God.
    We need a new constitution before 2016.
    Govt find money at all cost for this important exercise.

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    • @wayaless news. you are most dullest blogger in this conversation.
      Hiding your true identity will not take you anywhere.
      You will remain a perpetual loser till heavens know
      Your product HH is not salable, will never be salable not until 2061.
      Just check between his buttocks and confirm how wet and smelly it is due to 4 beatings.
      How do you lose to a newcomer in the game and hope to win next time. Bla bla Bla will not attract the electorates. HH is simply a thief and not salable mabisi. We chisushi iwe

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  34. The defeatist attitude in nevers is what has failed him…..he is not in government to convince himself that we cant have money for a new constitution,,his job is to insisting that we should have a new constitution….don’t encourage the government to fail us….this is a very bad attitude in politics especially…….

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