MMD president Nevers Mumba and his National Restoration Party (NAREP) counterpart Elias Chipimo have backed Government’s road-map to amend non-contentious clauses of the constitution through Parliament.
Dr Mumba said opposition political parties that will oppose amendment of non-contentious clauses through Parliament will have themselves to blame if the country will not have a new constitution before the 2016 tripartite elections.
He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the MMD members of Parliament (MPs) would today support the Constitutional Amendment Bill when it goes through Second Reading in Parliament.
“The MMD operates on principles and we have been consistent on this matter as a party. We feel that Parliament is the appropriate route for the 50 percent plus one vote threshold for a winning presidential candidate and having the Vice-President as the running mate will be included in the constitution,” Dr Mumba said.
He said MMD MPs have his blessings as party president to use Parliament to amend non-contentious clauses of the constitution.
Dr Mumba said opposition political parties will only effectively participate in the 2016 general elections with a new Constitution in place.
And Mr Chipimo said the country is guaranteed to have a new constitution through piecemeal amendments in Parliament.
“It is those resisting piecemeal amendment to the constitution who want to have more power if at all they form Government because they want to rule under the current constitution,” he said.
Mr Chipimo said the road-map embarked on by government is sensible and must be supported.
“Let us proceed with these sensible amendments. Let us proceed with the referendum,” he told journalists in Lusaka yesterday.