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Several opposition political parties have backed government’s proposal to take to parliament non-contentious clauses of the draft Constitution for amendment.

People’s Party President Mike Mulongoti says there is need to be realistic about the constitution making process.

Mr. Mulongoti has since called on other stakeholders to accommodate government’s proposal as some of the issues in the document were proposed by the people.

He noted that the debate is centered more on recourses.

And Christian Democratic Party President Dan Pule said his party fully supports government’s proposal.

Dr. Pule said the country has missed several opportunities of getting a new constitution and that time to achieve consensus is now.

Meanwhile, All People’s Congress Party President Nason Msoni said the government’s plan shows good political will which stakeholders should embrace.

Mr. Msoni however, called on government to distribute the draft bill it intends to take to parliament so as to allay fears of doctoring of the document among stakeholders.

And the Green Party is also in support of Government’s proposed strategy to amend the current constitution.

Party President Peter Sinkamba says he supports the proposal to include only non-contentious clauses such as the presidential running mate and the 50 percent plus-one vote, ahead of the 2016 tripartite election.

Mr Sinkamba is also in support of Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula’s ministerial statement in Parliament that if stakeholders are agreeable to the government proposal, the first set of amendments could be taken to Parliament as early as the June 2015 sitting of parliament.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Stop politicking bamabala! Now is the ripe time to get done with this thing… We have been waiting a long time, since Chiluba’s MMD, sure imwe ba Zambia

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    • How many votes did these NGIs very on 20 January? That is the true representation of their national support – none. They should not waste our time with silly comments.

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  2. For once Pwetete Pwetete Party President talks sense. It seems bamudala namuleka ukuisundawila. Keep up

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  3. Yes, it deserves at times to set aside our political differences and find the way forward for the public welfare.

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    • Zambia first. There is time for politics and time for nation building, agreeing for the good of majority.

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  4. And you call these opposition political parties heheheee. what following do they have? Do they have MPs??? what a joke…

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    • They are non – governmental individuals (NGIs) with hatchets to grind. They merely represent themselves and nobody else. The January by – election has exposed these sharks with large mouths.

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  5. DO THESE PARTIES HAVE EVEN SINGLE COUNCOLOR OR MP?
    THIS IS HOW LOW THINKING ZAMBIANS HAVE BECOME.IS THIS THE CONSTITUATION SATA PROMISED WITHIN 90 DAYS?
    MWANAWASA SAID THE PROBLEM WITH ZAMBIANS FORGET EASILY

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  6. Zambians sure why waste time on the constitution which is not coming from yesterday but as way back as president Chiluba s regime. Work up Zambia to leave your children good constitution .

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  7. We have to be careful. We need a wide representation what if you legalise abortion

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    • What is wrong with legalizing abortion, after all, we have “de facto” and “de jure” legalized corruption, nepotism, extra-judicial killings, theft of nation wealth, slavery, hunger, destitution………..

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  8. This is what’s wrong with this country’s media. Cheerleading. Mike, Nason, Daniel have issued personal opinions. Elevating these to party policies is demeaning democracy itself.
    & by extension everything that’s wrong with our constituition. These men (& women) should be able to stand as independents, not everytime one wants to be president they have to form a party.
    Seriously this country has only four parties namely PF, UPND, MMD & UNIP.

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    • MMD is dying and being subsumed by PF and UPND. How many MPs does UNIP have? Zambia is now a two party democracy.

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  9. This is what’s wrong with this country’s media. Cheerleading. Mike, Nason, Daniel have issued personal opinions. Elevating these to party policies is demeaning democracy itself.
    & by extension everything that’s wrong with our constitution. These men (& women) should be able to stand as independents, not everytime one wants to be president they have to form a party.
    Seriously this country has only four parties namely PF, UPND, MMD & UNIP.

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  10. which parties are those? Individual or one man parties with no member of parliament are but noise making parties looking for free food.

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  11. I need a lawyer to help me get an injunction to stop mulogoti from commenting on national issues this chap is very irritating and he has no following.

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    • As much as I agree with you, you are wrong. For start LT is following his crapping.

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  12. The so called several opposition parties which have no following continue to undermine “democracy” through the irresponsible and self-interested actions of its leaders. Please spare us the grief we have been cheated for too long over this constitution.

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  13. I guess I have to put on spectacles to see the parties mentioned above coz I can’t see any.but if you mean the ones I have just seen with my naked eyes and that’s what govt is relying upon as political parties,then we are doomed and our heads need to be checked at Chinama.

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  14. NGO s won’t be happy because there’s no money for them. As for which ever route we take I won’t comment

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  15. Contentiouness or its opposite is debatable. The Bill of Rights is for certain citizens less contentious than various clauses, including death penalty, presidential powers, Christian Nation, etc. The right thing to do is to go for referendum. Piece meal solution has the effect of manipulating the existing Constitution. Referundum can wait for availability of funding and Census of Population and possibly wait for the General Elections themselves. If you are so anxious, then just give the whole document to the legislators for them to do what they like with it.

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