Government says suggestions by Member of the PF Central Committee Paul Moonga to extend the presidential term limit to seven years do not represent Government’s and the party’s position.
Vice President Inonge Wina has since distanced Government and the PF from Mr Moonga’s suggestion.
Mrs Wina told Parliament on Friday morning that the matter has never been discussed by Government or the party.
“Every Zambian has the right to hold an opinion and that suggestion was entirely the opinion of Mr Moonga,” Mrs Wina said.
She said this is the first time that such a suggestion has been made by anyone and that the party was also surprised that it came from a member of its central committee.
Mrs Wina said the PF Central Committee or Cabinet has never considered such a matter.
He said Mr Moonga’s suggestion does not have the blessings of the party or the government.
Yesterday, PF Member of the Central Committee Paul Moonga addressed a media briefing at the PF Secretariat and made a proposal to extend the term limit for elected pubic officials from five to seven years.
Mr Moonga said having elections every five years is costly.
Meanwhile, opposition Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says it would amount to constitutional dictatorship to consider extending the tenure of office for elected officials from five to seven years.
Mr. Sinkamba says five years is enough for Zambians to assess a government and re-elect a governing party if they are satisfied with its performance.
He says those calling for an increase in the number of years for a term of office want to better their own lives and not those of the citizenry.
Mr Sinkamba has since advised PF Central Committee member Paul Moonga who has proposed the extension in term of office that such a move is a dangerous venture.
Mr. Sinkamba states that the moment such a proposal is approved; Zambians would experience unprecedented levels of economic hardship if a bad government is elected.
And Forum for Democracy and Development, (FDD) Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says the reasons given by Mr. Moonga are not justifiable.
Mr. Mwanza says the country has made many changes democratic and will not allow the extension of the terms of office for elected officials.
He says five-years is enough time for one to deliver to the Zambian people.