Delegates to the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) have unanimously agreed to exclusively maintain the Christian Nation Declaration Clause in the Preamble of the constitution.
The delegates resolved that the subsidiary multi-religious nomenclature in the preamble of the constitution be deleted.
They also resolved the Christian Nation Declaration Clause with words that ” Zambia is a Multi-racial Christian Nation” must also be embedded in article eight of the constitution that deals with National Values and Principles.
This was after the Working Groups presented their reports on the Secondary Issues at the on-going deliberations of the National Dialogue Forum-NDF-over the amendment of the constitution and other Subsidiary Laws.
The NDF delegates have rejected the proposals to enshrine in the Constitution a provision for government to look after Freedom Fighters.
The delegates have instead recommended that provisions for government to look after Freedom Fighters be enshrined in Subsidiary Laws.
Meanwhile, Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe has expelled from the National Dialogue Forum. National Dialogue Forum secretary Patrick Chisanga announced the expulsion of Mr. Kang’ombe in Lusaka. This was during the Plenary Session of the National Dialogue Forum.
Mr. Chisanga said Acting Secretary to the Cabinet Patrick Kangwa has written to Mr. Kang’ombe, informing him of his expulsion from the Forum. Mr. Kangwa has further written to the Local Government Association of Zambia to nominate another representative to the NDF to replace Mr. Kang’ombe.
Mr. Kango’mbe’s expulsion is on the backdrop of his statement at the Local Government Association of Zambia, where he discredited the NDF’s deliberation on the office of mayors. He was consequently summoned by the NDF and appeared before its Standing committee on May 09, 2019.
Mr. Chisanga said the NDF’s standing Committee established that Mr. Kang’ombe’s statement was contrary to section six sub-section four as read with 12 sub-article one of the National Dialogue Act.
And Mr. Kang’ombe’s problems with the NDF are still far from being over. Acting Secretary to Cabinet, Patrick Kangwa has cancelled Kang’ombe’s scheduled international trip to enable him to appear before the National Dialogue Forum where he has been further indicted with fresh charges.
This follows a request by the National Dialogue Forum Standing Committee for Mr. Kang’ombe to appear before it. National Dialogue Forum Secretary Patrick Chisanga has announced the development during the close of Plenary on Saturday.
Mr. Chisanga said Mr. Kang’ombe will appear before the Standing Committee on Monday.
The Standing Committee wants Mr. Kang’ombe who is also Local Government Association of Zambia President to clarify the matter where New Congress Party -NCP-President Peter Chanda was allegedly harassed by some councillors.
Pastor Chanda was allegedly harassed by some Council Chairperson’s and Mayors at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre who were giving solidarity to Mr. Kang’ombe, when he went to appear before the Standing Committee on Thursday.
Mr. Kang’ombe was summoned after he criticised the forum over some delegates’ debates on the office of Mayors.
He has consequently been expelled from the National Dialogue Forum, having been found to have breached section six sub-section four of the National Dialogue Act.