Chilufya Tayali is congratulated by YALI Governance Adviser Isaac Mwanza after he was acquited
Chilufya Tayali is with YALI Governance Adviser Isaac Mwanza

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has expressed excitement with the judgment from High Judge Dominic Sichinga which has clarified the issue of the Grade 12 Certificate clause in the amended Constitution.

YALI Governance Advisor Isaac Mwanza said with the clarification political parties should now ensure all persons who had been disadvantaged are given time and chance to compete for adoption for nominations to State Office.

YALI also thanked the High Court for being above board.

“YALI wants to heartily thank the Court for rising above board and attaching the urgency to this matter which was going to disadvantage citizens from participating in elections because of some technocrats at the Electoral Commission of Zambia and Examination Council of Zambia who are in the habit of interpreting matters that may be beyond their jurisdiction.

“We believe now the judgement by Judge Sichinga has put to rest the need for anyone to travel from far places to certify their results when it is the duty of the Commission to do so. We also feel the manner in which Judge Sichinga handled the issue of the Grade 12 Clause in a manner that reflects the will of the Zambian peoples ought to be commended,” Mr Mwanza said.

He added “YALI applauds the Attorney General and his Chambers for the candid argument his chambers put up which were meant to advance law development. We have faith in the Attorney General and his chambers that most Constitutional Matters which require their professional thought and guidance will expeditiously be dealt with as they did with the petition before the High Court where their mind had fully been applied to the law itself.

“Once again, want to remind ECZ to avoid the temptation of interpreting the Constitution according to their own understanding but must always allow the rightful authority, which are courts, to provide interpretation,” he said.

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  1. What is not clear is does that include honorary awards? How will they deal with certificates issued by non-existing institutions? Will there be a verification process for authenticity of these tertiary awards?

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    • @1 MAYBE WHAT IS NOT CLEAR TO YOU IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO DEGREES. HONORARY DOES NOT MEAN ACADEMIC. THE CONTENTIOUS MATTER HAS BEEN ACADEMIC NOT HONORARY. IF YOU HOLD AN HONORARY DEGREE BUT, DO NOT POSSESS A GRADE 12 CERTIFICATE (AN EQUIVALENT OR HIGHER), YOU SIMPLY DO NOT QUALIFY. PLEASE, READ AND UNDERSTAND AND DO NOT FORGET WHERE THE WHOLE THING STARTED FROM. POSSIBLY AND ARGUABLY, ONE CAN BE DRESSED WITH AN HONORARY DEGREE WITHOUT EVEN HAVING STEPPED INTO A FORMAL CLASSROOM.

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    • What is the point of going up to grade 12 when one can still go college and get a college degree? There is no point in what the judge is saying. It means without attaining any primary or secondary school one can still obtain a college degree and be recognized? This is absurd…..

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  2. Tertiary education qualifications even a honorary PHD or a degree from an online university?

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  3. What happens to college certificates or degrees, which people obtained with fake G12 certificates? There’s just total confusion.

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    • Yes they used a fake grade 12 but they passed and fulfilled the requirement for having something higher than a grade 12… which means they have a higher qualification which is not fake despite having a fake grade 12.

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    • IT’S YOU WHO IS JUST A CONFUSED PERSON BECAUSE YOU POSSESS A CONFUSED MIND THAT GETS CONFUSED EVEN WITH WELL EXPLAINED THINGS. SINCE WHEN DID YOU START USING ILLEGAL PAPERS FOR JOBS WHICH ARE KNOWN BY EMPLOYING AUTHORITIES AS ILLEGAL? IF IT IS FAKE AND PROVED TO BE SO, SUCH CERTIFICATE CANNOT BE USED. EVEN THE HOLDER SHOULD BE SUBJECTED TO PROSECUTION IN THE COURT OF LAW.

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  4. Now you see baane. This constitution has brought more harm than good. When General Miyanda petitioned the president against appending his signature to the constitution. we all laughed and probably called the general names. Have you seen the confusion it has brought us in. Why don’t we trust general Miyanda Kanshi!

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  5. Zambia one step forward 10000 backwards. We dont want ama grade twelve failures period

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  6. It is important to state that all credentials presented before nomination are genuine and only held by bona fide holders.
    So weather grade 12 or not, verification letters from ECZ must stand

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  7. empty tins make a lot of noise.have you see how these semi~illiterate mps you choose just go parliament to drink and eat and when debates are in motion pamulandu wakwikuta alapona mutulo by the time he wakes he wont know what was being debated.to make matters worse ninshi akasungu omfwafye panono.do you expect him to deliver development?bufi teti.so apa kuya fye ku sukulu and get grade12 elyo if you fail let those with grade12 continue.please dont aspire to be an mp when you have never been anywhere near a grade12 classroom.kwateni amano mimutwe iyafwa iyo balyelyeti mwafita inuma

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