The Young African Leaders Initiative has called on Zambians must not allow the proposal from Patriotic Front Member of Central Committee Paul Moonga to increase the tenure of the office of Presidency to 7 years but instead consider reducing the tenure from 5 years to 4 years when country begins the process of amending the Constitution.
YALI Governance Advisor Isaac Mwanza said hardworking leaders can deliver development within the period of 4 years without being distracted with the temptation of hanging on to power longer than necessary.
Mr Mwanza told Zambians not take Mr Moonga seriously because his agenda is that of taking the nation backwards to the time of the third term bid of the MMD.
“Experience from both Zambia and the United States have shown that it is possible for hardworking leaders to deliver development within the period of 4 years and never to be distracted by the temptation of overstaying in power.
“We believe Mr. Paul Moonga must never be taken seriously by both the PF and the Zambian people because he wants to take this nation back to the time of the failed Third-Term bid which made the former ruling Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD) unpopular and was the beginning of the fall of the MMD,” he said.
He said “What Mr. Moonga must remember is that the former President Rupiah Banda term served in 3 years and the 4 years served by late President Sata did more good to this country than the 10years in which late Dr. Chiluba served in office. Zambia was able to witness more infrastructure and economic development when President’s served for a shorter period than when they overstayed in office and run out of new ideas.”
He urged the PF to learn from the fall of the MMD which he said begun 10 years after being in power with the third term debate.
“The PF must learn that the fall of the MMD begun 10 years after being in power when Third Term calls for late President Chiluba started. It appears the latest call to increase the Presidential tenure is another such call and sober PF leaders and think tanks must reject such a call as a joke from Mr. Moonga who was one of subscribes to leaders that overstay in power.
“We are, however, not surprised by those remarks by Mr. Moonga because, as a former leader in the United Party for National Development (UPND), he saw no need to change the UPND constitution which gives one man the right to remain President for as long as is convenient but we can’t bring such type of politics to national leadership,” he said.
He said organization believers that it time to amend the constitution and reduce the presidential term to 4 years.
“YALI believes it’s time we amend the Constitution to also reduce the presidential term to 4 years and provide for term limits for Members of Parliament,” he said.