People’s Party (PP) President Mike Mulongoti has charged President Edgar Lungu is reluctant to hold another referendum on the bill of rights because he is afraid of exposing the incompetence of his Government once it meets the thresholds.
Speaking during the Pan African Radio Programme dubbed “Business in Parliament” anchored by Isaac Nsoneka recently, Mulongoti said the bill of rights which many Zambians are demanding compels Government to do various things for its citizens and once Government fails to meet the required standard by its citizens as enshrined in the bill of rights the people can easily sue the Government.
He stated that the excuse given by President Lungu during his second address to parliament concerning the referendum that it will delay due to Zambia’s financial constraints are baseless because the commonwealth stated already that they will fund the process.
During his second address to parliament on the 17th March, 2017, President Edgar Lungu encouraged dialogue with the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) leaders and Government to alternatively find cheaper ways and means of giving Zambians the Bill of rights as opposed to go for another referendum because Government has no money at the moment.
The Pan African Radio Journalist Jessie Zimba reports that Mulongoti stated if President Lungu really wanted the Bill of rights as he portrays to the community, he would have reduced on the traveling expenditures by cancelling some of his international trips and also reducing the number of people on his entourage whenever he travels to save money for a referendum.
Mulongoti wondered why it is always the Zambian visiting other countries, yet none of the visited countries come to Zambia in return to show companionship.
“He is afraid of exposing the ineffectiveness of his Government once it meets the thresholds” Mr. Mulongoti said