The proposed law to limit the number of times an individual appears on a presidential ballot has irked the UPND chief whip Garry Nkombo.
Nkombo who is also Mazabuka UPND Member of Parliament described Frank Ng’ambi, who is set to move a private members motion in the session of parliament, as ignorant.
The UPND has become apprehensive with the debate which was first started by a young politician from the MMD, Prince Ndoyi who said there was need for the country to curtail creation of dictators and anarchists within political parties.
Ndoyi also explained that the proposed law proposed law would help the nation stop power hungry individuals who continue to abuse the country’s democracy for their own selfish interest.
A private member’s motion is in the pipeline that seeks to limit the number of times a person can contest elections.
But Nkombo said that the proposed motion that seeks to limit the number of times a person can stand for Presidency is discriminatory and aimed at clipping UPND president Hakainde Hichilema from being on the ballot in 2021.
“Frank Ng’ambi has been squeaking about a private member’s motion which seeks to discriminate against certain people. The unfortunate people of Chifubu should be embarrassed to have such a representative.
“When a Member of Parliament brings a stupid motion like a motion that goes against the constitution then he is an embarrassment.”
He said: “In case you do not know, Ng’ambi runs a small company called Fatmols where prostitutes meet. Running a small company is not the same as running a party.”
Nkombo said the motion was ill founded and lacked knowledge.
“How can they get a morally and academically bankrupt Ng’ambi to move a motion? He must learn to read, if is allowed to read. Please remember discrimination is illegal in the Zambian constitution. Ng’ambi was not even using malice but just plain ignorance.
Hichilema has contested presidential elections five times and has lost all of them.
He has been the UPND’s sole candidate since 2006 when he took over from the late Anderson Mazoka.
And Hichilema today welcomed defectors at the party secretariat, urging them to fight against the reported sale of the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) and Chichele Lodge.
Hichilema said he had directed his party secretariat to write to the permanent secretaries of agriculture and tourism to warn against the sale of the two state properties.
He also bragged that during his stay in prison he refused to budge when President Edgar Lungu offered to free him in exchange for President Lungu’s recognition as winner of the 2016 elections.
“When I was in Mukobeko, Lungu sent a note that I should read out publicly that I recognize him but I refused. I said will just rot in here. You should know where I am coming from,” he said.