UPND requests for the postponement of constitution debate; Request Granted

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Mazabuka Central Garry Nkombo.
Mazabuka Central Garry Nkombo.

The United Party for National Development (UPND) this afternoon requested for the postponement of the debate on the constitution to tomorrow following concerns raised by some Members of Parliament through points of order that some of them had just seen the document today, and needed time to go through it.

UPND parliamentary Whip Garry Nkombo requested that debate be deferred to tomorrow to allow Members of Parliament some of whom had just seen the document today after returning from their various constituencies, time to go through the document.

Mr Nkombo said while he was communicated to by the Clerk of the National Assembly about the amendments in the bill, communication was only made on Friday evening making it difficult to get hold of his fellow UPND Members of Parliament most of whom had already travelled to their respective constituencies by then.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mkhondo Lungu who was presiding over the proceedings allowed the deferment of the debate tomorrow after consultations.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. One would think paperwork on such an important matter would not be sent by snail mail. Sensible.

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    • Gary and his UPND miss calculated. They had time to debate this issue. However, they played cheap politics thinking PF could not assemble the numbers.

      Cornelious Mweetwa had nothing to say but just to shoot down the agenda.

      This the third time they have done this

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    • @Nostradamus
      are these your new friends?? kachemas??,,,, you have dumped us ba chakolwa,,, shi Tasila is complaining bad!!!, you are not picking his calls these days

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    • Waste of time. These drunkards will not read the document tonight. Try in 1 year! No one will get to read the document tonight! Useless MP’s the whole lot!

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    • @Ndobo, I dumped and am quieting buchakolwa. Shi Tashila has been embarrasing to me, imagine asking me to go to drink to drink with Kaizer, people who stay until 03:00am?
      I better start hanging out with these Musoya stuffed Kachemas, they are making perfect sense in their manners. Imagine they are asking for more time to READ and reconsider Ba Miyanda’s paper! The PF & MMD didn’t read any document at all.

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    • If you listened to their talk in Parliament, I think you would withdraw your comment. They ask useless questions and forget why they are in that house.

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  2. When the bill went through the first reading where were these mps? The doc hasn’t changed an iota.

    This is just jackass technology and strategy.

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  3. These chaps are not serious at all. All they know is oppose oppose oppose on top of points of order

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  4. Advice: before apending your signature to a document, read through otherwise you will be in trouble one day.

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  5. What people understand by the word ” AMENDMENT”.The Document has been amended.meaning it is not the same as it was presented last week.I now understand why most of laws in Zambia are go through because the majority of people and MPs do not take time to read and understand what the document is about but to just vote.Let the MPs study the Amended clauses in the Bill and debate intelligently.Even on this blog people do not understand articles written here but just comment even if they are in dark just for the sake of their party.This is the reason why we have ended up ourselves in this mess of leadership because we do not analyse the candidates we have on the ballot paper.We go for name of the person and the party symbol even though that party will lead in poverty and joblessness its…

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    • not yet amended they have to dabate it,to agree and disagree which one to amend or not sorry don’t mislead us please its the same bill they see,they’re just trying to delay the process knowing no more we’ll give you a people driven constitution song next year

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  6. When did UPND become interested in the constitution? Suddenly they have become interested because there is the issue of a running mate? In Malawi when Bingu wa Mutarika died, they were given Joyce Banda who was a running mate of Mutarika during the elections. Mutarika put her there because he thought she would not challenge him but if he failed to recognize that he did not control death. He died earlier than Joyce and Joyce had to be made president to the chagrin of most Malawians. What saved the Malawians were the elections which came a year later where Joyce lost lamentably. Parliamentarians therefore have to tread carefully on this running mate clause. You do not want to have a Kambwili as a running mate and president incase anything happens.

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    • The merit of having a running mate should not be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the running mate. If the running mate leaves much to be desired, the presidential candidate risks losing; that’s why I expect a quality running mate if the law is put in place. The status quo is where you expect the likes of Kambwili to end up being presidents.

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  7. Looks like most chaps do not understand these matters. This is a Constitution amendment bill meaning there are some amendment to the bill that was presented and that definitely requires MPs to study the amendments. It is an important document and hence requires thorough understanding. People, this is not about amendments but about doing the right thing for Zambia

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  8. UPND MAY BE INTEREST ANGLO AMERICA TO CUT WORK FORCE FROM 135000 TO 50000 BY 85000. 2/3 OF MINES WILL BE SOLD AND SHARE HOLDERS WILL NOT BE PAID DIVIDENTS FOR ONE YEAR.NOW ON CONSTITUTION THESE REFUSED TO TAKE PART THIS THEY WANT TO USE OTHER MEANS OF STOPPING THE PROCESS OR WANTS RUNNING MATE ISSUE TO BE THERE. RUNNING MATE SHOULD BE REMOVED IT WILL BRING WITCH CRAFT WE KNOW HH WANTS TO KILL TO BECOME PRESIDENT HE CANT WIN ON HIS OWN.

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  9. UPND HAVE THE BEST BRIANS, I SEE MANY PIPO HERE DONT EVEN KNOW THE IMPLICATION OF AMENDING OR DOCTORING A BILL, SHAME ON YOU

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    • have they given you what has been doctored?these guys have seen that they do not have any other ways of having sittings like used to with NCC so that they are paid heft allowances now that it has come to pass they are uncomfortable,HH signed with NGOCC before the elections in january he will do a refrendum now that ba pf has done the opposite he is doomed with his MPs,father Chiti wrongly advised him over the constitution that they he persuade the church to go for him and his idea,not realising that he was not a member of parliament but just a clergyman and with the money alilemo kuli HH bale mupinda so nalunya bane watch the space there is more to come,plus ka frustration ka ku UK nalunya,omwe bala mutanda mbuli mubwa walya maji or suntwe musokwe

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  10. REMOVE RUNNING MATE THING YOU WILL SEE HOW HH AND UPND WILL CRY LIKE BABIES. WINNING ELECTIONS THEY CAN T THEY CAN ONLY BE PRESIDENT AFTER KILLING. SO I ASK ALL MPS TO REMOVER THIS PART REPLACE WITH EG VICE PRESIDENT SHUD BE A MP FROM OPPOSITION ELECTED BY MPS IN PARLIAMENT OR ANY ACCEPTABLE BUT IT SHUD BE SOMEONE WHO WON ELECTION NOT A REJECTEE. A RUNNING MATE CAN GET 2% AND U SAYING THIS HE/SHE TAKES OVER WHEN~ THATS DANGEROUS.

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  11. LATEST ANGLO AMERICA WILL SALE ALL ITS MINES ALLOVER THE WORLD APART FROM IRON AND COAL MINES AND WILL KEEP ONLY 50 000 WORKERS FROM 135 000 WRKS. AND HERE HH IS SAYING THE OPPOSITE SHAME

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  12. jkalusa

    Please shows us the facts or an internet link directing to that information. I think it is time to insert a close in our constitution which stipulate the eligibility of a voter:

    (1) To register as a voter one must have at least a diploma or higher qualifications , this will help us to eliminate these kaponyas.
    (2) The president must have good proven entrepreneur skill

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    • nonsense! in democracy everyone including kaponyas has the same right to vote, peroid. we are not a plutocracy, govt of the wealth, or Corporatocracy
      govt , controled by corparations, we are not a Aristocracy
      government of a selected few to rule based on inherited hereditary right. we are a lideral Democracy period.

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  13. UPND trying very hard to delay the process so that they can have something to talk about next year we know very well ba UPND. and you thinking more educated who amends bills or make laws between the executive and perliament?

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  14. Lets wait and hear to what they will say today. I only hope they will not walkout of parliament. If they do, Zambians should give them a vote of no confidence next year by giving the mandate to the Heritage Party Candidates.

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  15. DO GOGGLE SEARCH IT WAS ALSO BBC,CNN BUSSINESS NEWS. DONT JUST TALK AND FOLLOW BLINDLY UPND WILL PUT U IN A ~ WATCHDOG WHY NOT REPORT ON THAT LATEST ON ANGLO AMERICA STORY WE WANT YO STORY ALSO

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