The ruling Patriotic Front(PF) has distanced itself from the the private member motion to re-introduce the position of a Deputy Minister by amending the current constitituion.
Reacting to civil society reaction to the move, PF Parliamentary Chief Whip Richard Musukwa said that the re-introduction of the position of Deputy Dinister in government is not on the party’s agenda.
Mr Musukwa said the motion to re-introduce the position of Deputy Minister came from the floor of the house and it was moved by an Independent Member of Parliament.
Mr Musukwa said Government wants to run a lean structure of Ministers and it would not go against the wishes of the people.
And PF Mwansabombwe Member of Parliament Rodgers Mwewa has said a Private Motion that he moved on Wednesday to amend the Constitution did not include the re-introduction of Deputy Ministers.
Mr Mwewa challenged those who are saying PF wants to bring back Deputy Ministers to take time and listen to the motion.
Mr Mwewa was reacting to Action Aid Country Representative who asked him to resign.
Mr Mwewa has since demanded for an apology from Action Aid Country Representative for demanding him to resign for moving a Private Motion to amend the Constitution.
He said moving motions in Parliament is a right of the MPs and it is up to the Members of Parliament to say No or Yes to a particular motion, adding that the reintroduction of Deputy Ministers was neither here nor there.
On Thursday, ActionAid said that the private motion moved by Patriotic Front (PF) Mwansabombwe Member of parliament Mr. Rogers Mwewa and subsequent support from other Members of Parliament was an assault to Zambia’s democracy and a betrayal to the people of Zambia.
ActionAid called upon all the people of Zambia to rise up and defend our rights as the constitution was an aspiration of people’s wishes and not a preserve of a few greedy individuals.