Mike Mulongoti addressing the media at the conference
Mike Mulongoti addressing the media at the conference

IT WOULD be cost effective to enact the new Constitution in a phased manner as it has been proposed by Government, People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti has said.

He said it was strange that some stakeholders were rejecting that non-contentious clauses such as the 50+1 percent for a presidential winner and a running mate should go through amendments.

Mr Mulongoti said it would be time consuming and costly to demand that non-contentious clauses in the Draft Constitution should be taken to the referendum when they could be passed through an amendment bill in Parliament.

He told the Daily Nation that he did not understand why some stakeholders were against Government proposed piecemeal amendments which would see the country go to the general elections with the 50+1 percent and running mate clauses in the new Constitution.

Mr Mulongoti stated that he was in agreement with Government’s proposed phased approach in enacting the Constitution so that contentious clauses such as the Bill of Rights could be taken to the referendum.

He said he could not understand why some people were against Parliament enacting the new Constitution which he said would give chance to Members of Parliament to debate the document and make amendments where it would be necessary.

Mr Mulongoti said the advantage of using Parliament to make amendments to the Constitution was that the MPs would have a chance on the floor of the House to compel the Minister of Justice to make amendments to clauses that would be controversial.

He said that he was at a loss that the 50+1 percent which was a majoritarian system of electing a president was now being opposed to go to Parliament so that Zambia could hold the next general elections under the new electoral law.

“I do not see the problem with Government’s proposal that we could have a new Constitution in a phased manner.

We also do not have any quarrels with the referendum but may be the timing. Some people say holding the referendum simultaneously with elections is cost effective and I agree with that. But I am at a loss why there has been resistance that non-contentious clauses such as the 50+1 percent which is a majoritarian system of electing a president should be amended by Parliament.

Zambians have always agreed on this one and the running mate and it would make us go to the general elections next year with these clauses in the Constitution,” Mr Mulongoti said.

He explained that the first past the post system would not give political parties that would be competing in the elections next year a second chance to be voted for if the contenders failed to amass more than 50+1 percent of the vote.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Mulongoti, even a Grade 2 knows that the 50+1 percent will not be accepted by the PF MP’s because it threatens their chances of staying in power and their livelihood. For them politics is not a vocation but a means if livelihood. The PF MPs will vote against it in parliament.

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  2. There s no gaurantee that none contentious issue will pass thru.what about if those clauses fail to pass in parliament what will be the next move,are those clauses going to appear in referedum or it will be a dead clause.?

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  3. Mulongoti do not worry about others’ views just concentrate on your own opinion. The problem with you Mulongoti and other politicians is that you find it comfortable to talk against others instead of articulating your party manifestos. Sata when he was in opposition he told the people of Zambia just a few months to enact the new constitution and he gave an example of how Malawi did it. PF party has been in power for almost five years and they have done nothing. Only Zambians have problems of failing to solve their own issues for many years. The constitution issue would have been done away a long time ago. In the same way you are failing to enact the constitution, poverty levels will continue getting worse.

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  4. They chap should learn to just shut up who does he talk for when he has no following the PF he keeps supporting have refused to give him a job, some people have no shame at all.

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    • This big-nosed bushman called Mulongoti continues to seek a job from the PFools but that will not be forthcoming regardless of how much he sucks their butts.

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  5. Zambian politics is at a primitive stage for us to adopt 50%+1.We are far from ready.Running mate should be supported.Running mate will save us alot of time and money in the event of what our country has gone through in the past.

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  6. Zambia should strive to have a progressive constitution like the one Kenya adopted.Yes,that 50+1 clause is a must.

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  7. Upnd clowns are dead scared of 50%+1. How can Pf fail to pass what they are pushing for . it’s indeed laughable.

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