Several Civic Leaders in Mkushi District have appealed to President Edgar Lungu to facilitate for the revocation of the Clause in the Constitution Amendment Bill that requires Ward Councillors to have Grade 12 Certificates.
Chlata Ward Councillor James Nshimba (MMD) stated this to ZANIS, saying that there is need to consider that the position of Councillor should reflect the choice of the common people without regard for academic qualification.
Mr. Nshimba observed that the insistence on Grade 12 qualifications would lead to what he termed as domination of leadership by the elite.
He pointed out that democracy ought to reflect the true choice of the people, adding that this should be applied to Ward Councillors as they should come from amongst the common people.
He said that Councillors emerged from the grass root political structures such as Section Branch levels, saying that the strength and stability that these people gave their parties did not depend on Grade 12 qualifications.
Mr. Nshimba maintained that there is need for Presidential intervention in facilitating for the Amendment Bill to be revoked, explaining that such a move would accord the common citizen chance to leadership.
He stressed that there is need for people to acknowledge that leadership is about wisdom and not academic qualifications.
Recently, Gershom Musonda of Mkushi’s Civil Society for Poverty Reduction(CSPR) gave his support for President Lungu’s endorsement of the Constitution Clause that required Councillors and Members of Parliament(MPs) to have Grade 12 Certificates.