PROMINENT Kitwe lawyer William Nyirenda says President Lungu will go down in the annals of Zambia’s political history as a great leader who did the country great justice by assenting to the Constitution of Zambia Amendment Bill.
Mr Nyirenda said in Kitwe on Monday that the amended Constitution has raised the status of the country and enhanced sanity to the political arena.
He said progressive provisions such as the Grade 12 certificate requirement for someone to contest presidential, parliamentary and local government elections will bring quality to Zambian politics and accelerate economic development.
He said governance structures are clearly anchored on the amended Constitution.
“President Lungu has done the country a lot of good by assenting to the Constitution of Zambia Amendment Bill. It has raised the status of the country to another level. Governance structures are clearly anchored on the constitution,” Mr Nyirenda said.
He said the amended constitution has no room for “politics of the belly” which retarded national development as people were more interested in serving their own personal interests at the expense of improving the welfare of the citizenry.
“Politics is not a bad game but a concept that deals with structures that manage community and national resource, even family resource. Zambians should reject politicians who believe in politics of the belly,” Mr Nyirenda said.
He said the Grade 12 certificate requirement for someone to contest elections, running mate clause, election of executive mayors, 50 percent-plus-one-vote threshold for a winning presidential candidates and removal of positions of deputy ministers in the amended Constitution are progressive provisions.
“Local development has been brought to local level through the amended Constitution. This is development,” Mr Nyirenda said.
He said there is also need for the Zambian people to thoroughly scrutinise the ideologies of all political parties and support only those whose principles are in line with the republican Constitution.
Mr Nyirenda said political manifestos and agendas of political parties must be consistent with the republican Constitution.
“People should vote for political parties which tolerate inclusiveness, civil liberties and rule of law.Don’t support violent political parties,” Mr Nyirenda said.
Mr Nyirenda said the country needs more women in positions of responsibility as women are calmer and more peaceful than men.