Rainbow party Presidential candidate Wynter Kabimba says there is no justification for the ECZ to demand K75000,00 from Presidential aspirants as nomination fees.
Speaking on Christian Voice’s Chat Back radio program Mr Kabimba wondered whether ECZ was now a profit making wing of the Government.
He said his party has been left wondering as to the purpose of the new things which are being introduced in the electoral system of the country.
“We in Rainbow Party are left wondering, what is the purpose? What is the objective of all these new things being introduced in the electoral process? Since when did ECZ become a money making machine, you know a profit making organization? It was not established for that purpose.
“How can you argue to me Lorenzo (host of the program) that it costs K75,000 to receive somebody’s nomination papers. That’s what that paper and the the Returning Officer sitting across me would cost them, I don’t believe that myself. Unless you can rationalize it to me but so far I have not found any justification, I have tried to understand what this is all about but I have failed and I would like somebody to explain to me that this is justifiable, that it does cost ECZ K75,000 in administration costs to receive a candidate’s nomination papers,” Mr Kabimba lamented.
And the opposition leader has accused President Lungu and the PF government of imposing an elitist Constitution on the people.
“Who drove this Constitution making process? It was the elite, a small class of people in this country sitting at the tip of the pyramid again decided to give the Zambian people what they thought was good for the Zambian people not the other way round,” he said.
He also said the learned people have rundown the country.
“We can extend the argument of the grade 12 certificate clause Lorenzo, who have rundown this country over the years? It not the uneducated people it is those of us who are educated, we are the architect of the poverty that we see today in this country. The majority of the people who do not possess grade 12 certificates are the victims, we are architects of all the mess that we see in this country today,” Mr Kabimba said.
He further wondered why the Constitution has only allowed chiefs to run for councillorship but not as MPs or for the Presidency itself.
“There is an article in the Constitution amendment Act no2 of 2016 which says a chief can only run as a Councillor, they are only as good as Councillors in a local authority but they can’t be MPs and they can’t run for President, now who decides that? Who has the mandate to excluded others from participating in running the affairs of this country,” he wondered.