PARLIAMENT has passed a motion recommending the amendment of the Constitution.
The motion urges Government to amend the Constitution of Zambia to provide for membership of Members of Parliament to local councils and removal of lacunas.
This was after the motion moved by PF Mwansabombwe MP Rodgers Mwewa was subjected to a vote. Those that voted in support of the amendments were 91 against 52 while 1 abstained. The total number of votes cast was 144. The members voted using an electronic system. Speaker Patrick Matibini announced the results.
Justice Minister Given Lubinda said the amendments are in national interest requiring the support of all members of parliament. In supporting the motion, Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube said the constitution needs to be fine tuned to address lacunas.
Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo and Kwacha MP Joe Malanji also supported the motion.
The motion was moved yesterday Patriotic Front Mwansabombwe Member of Parliament Rodgers Mwewa seeking to amend the constitution. In his private member’s motion, Mr Mwewa wanted Parliament to urge Government to amend the constitution so as to provide for membership of Members of Parliament to local Councils and also to remove lacunas in the constitution.
Mr Mwewa proposed among other amendments that the constitution be amended so that the election of the president reverts to the simple majority system from the current 50% plus one vote system.
Mr Mwewa said that under the current constitution, there is no link between members of parliament and councils.
Mr. Mwewa said that the inclusion of members of parliament in the membership of the council will ensure a well coordinated approach to development at all levels within the context of decentralization.
He explained that local government is the sphere of government that is closer to the people and so as representatives of the people, they need to have an input in the decisions that the council makes.
Mr. Mwewa stressed that the exclusion of the members of the parliament in councils is detrimental to the development of the constituencies they represent.