ActionAid Zambia has demanded that Mwansabombwe Member of Parliament Rogers Mwewa should step down from his position with immediate effect for moving the motion to amend the republican constitution.
In a statement released to the media, ActionAid Zambia Country director said that proposed amendments are not reflective of the wishes of the Zambian people as they are based on personal motives and selfish interests of members of parliament seeking employment as Deputy Ministers at the expense of the electorates.
Below is the full statement
Rogers Mwewa Must Step Down Demands ActionAid
ActionAid Zambia is calling upon Mr Rogers Mwewa Mwansabombwe MP to step down from his position with immediate effect as he is deemed unfit to be called honourable.
We note that Mr Mwewa is a danger not only to the development of our country but also a threat to our nation’s democracy as he is clearly detached from the realties that the country is undergoing in terms of economic challenges that cannot sustain his selfish motives.
ActionAid Zambia notes with deep concern the approval to the amendment of the Constitution of Zambia, adopted by the National Assembly on 9th November 2016.
The proposed amendments are not reflective of the wishes of the Zambian people as they are based on personal motives and selfish interests of members of parliament seeking employment as Deputy Ministers at the expense of the electorates.
Further, the move demonstrates a shameful appetite by MPs wanting to plunder national resources by staying in office even during election period.
ActionAid has been vindicated in terms of its advocacy for the need to have a legal framework that protects the content of the Constitution as we have been totally against piece meal amendments to the constitution as currently being witnessed by the proposed modification of the constitution by a group of manipulative Members of Parliament.
This move is not welcome as it increases wastage of government resources realized through taxes contributed by hard working ordinary citizens of Zambia.
The current economic challenges that the country is facing due to mismanagement cannot contain a blotted government structure. Therefore we call upon the MPs to begin focusing on development issues that will move the country forward as opposed to wasting time and money on retrogressive ideas meant to move the country backwards in terms of our democratic dispensation.
The private motion moved by Patriotic Front (PF) Mwansabombwe Member of parliament Mr. Rogers Mwewa and subsequent support from other Members of Parliament is an assault to our democracy and a betrayal to the people of Zambia. We therefore call upon all the people of Zambia to rise up and defend our rights as the constitution is an aspiration of people’s wishes and not a preserve of a few greedy individuals.
As ActionAid we would like to reminder all Members of Parliament that they have a mandate and duty to serve the people of Zambia first which they seem to have forgotten.
Nalucha Nganga – Ziba