NDF Chairperson Muyunda Mwanalushi
NDF Chairperson Muyunda Mwanalushi

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.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. About National Dialogue how it started.
    – HH & GBM sued Edgar & Bo Inonge over 2016 elections. Concourt was in a mess…
    HH smear with treason.
    The church, Commonwealth, Obasanjo etc got into it and called for NATIONAL DIALOGUE.
    1. PF said only if HH accept and recognize Ba Edgar as president.
    2. Ba Edgar said there was nothing to dialogue in the country.
    Did anyone explain to Mwanalunshi what he need to do?
    Will HH and Edgar shake hands? Because the church lead Dialogue was closed to make HH & Edgar kiss at a colorful ceremony.

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    • This NDF is a sham. They are hoodwinking us during day light pants down. They will play with this constitution and benefit a few people with power.
      See in USA, the constitution of USA can never be amended easily because it is a document were every american rely’s on. They have tried many times to change the second amendment but to no avail. But why us in Zambia after spending huge amount of money making the new constitution and having to fight Kabimba to release it and now when it is enacted ati awe we made a mistake let us change it. No wonder the other races are prospering.

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    • This is how low Zambia has sunk. Holding useless forums representing the interests of PF. How did we surely allow kaponyas to rule us? It is smoke screen after smoke screen to hide their incompetence, thievery and corruption.

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    • The pointless Christian clause is just a red herring…they want you numpties to debate it whilst they sneak in all types of bills to Parliament.
      Wake up from your docility Zambians!!

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    • I wonder how Zambians can keep skirting the education and educated as an issue of great importance to leadership! An educated president who is also blessed with wisdom will help the country achieve its goals and score gains advancing development this holds true if the team in government leadership has matching education. The discourse will be on teamwork terms yet with lesser education or just being dull and dumb singing praise to the leadership and supporting all that a president says is equated to good governance and working for the people. One running for the highest office or desiring to be in plot one would think twice if it were that the minimum requirement to be the people’s representatives is a college diploma and equivalent! The current status is one where the people’s…

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  2. I support the Kitwe mayor through and through. Afterall the people in the NDF must think beyond party lines and that is what the Kitwe mayor has done. Why expell him? Now I suspect that those in there talk what pleases PF. Shame indeed to the proffesor charing a useless NDF controlled by PF

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    • But why have you not expelled ntewewe and the group who have been discussing ndf outside or is it because there praising you? shame on you Patrick kangwa and chisanga and ndf

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  3. To me Kang’ombe Kitwe Mayor/President LGAZ was wrong to protect his substantive office from NDF Constitutional amendiment debates. We have seen the irrelevance of electing them directly and them being Executive offices. We are duplicating jobs of other personnel in local governance & administration. It is better they are elected from among themselves like their deputies are elected. Better we go back to Mayors/Council Chairpersons come to offices 2 or 3 times a week & paid allowances not such huge salaries for executive functions NO. Further, even paying Councillors monthly salaries should be abolished; we are just putting unnecessary pressures on National budgets – pay them sitting allowances for meetings.
    I agree Kang’ombe be disciplined for misconduct, note this isn’t a political…

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    • DC’s who are party cadres appointed by the president are duplicating the role of elected District Chairpersons.

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  4. Other religions in Zambia
    Bahai faith-162,443
    Islam-104,000
    Hindu – 25,000
    Other lessor known faiths are few in number.
    That is approximately 291,000 of Zambians who will feel unrecognised.
    In a tight election,this group becomes an important voting block.
    The bahai faith are mostly educated and medium income Zambians.A PF thug is generally low level in thinkig and cant understand Baha u llahs teachings.

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    • This all shows the foolishness of the delegates to that partisan NDF. Fact is there is not only the Christian religion in Zambia, there are also other religions. The fact that they may be in the minority does not make them non-existence. These misguided delegates to the NDF have no respect even for institutions like CSO whose scientifically acquired statistics point to the multi-religious nature of Zambia. It is so shameful that Professor Mwanalushi can even accept to preside over such a charade. No wonder African academics cannot be respected even in their own countries.

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  5. Kango’mbe is not sharp – these are things you whisper to the President IF NEED BE, But the guy goes to discredit his colleagues and the content of the NDF like that. Any way most Zambians are excluded from this NDF because MPs in Zambia represent their party interests and not the interests of their constituents

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  6. This is the same waste of resources LPM undertook, which was a total waste of time. These issues are for the legislature. We can’t make any progress as a nation if we allow this kind of approach to governance. We will introduce a proper constitution when the rule of law has been restored. It’s a very sad situation to see people considered part of the educated in our country being shepherded into a corner in order to facilitate the fragmentation of parliamentary democracy.

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  7. NDF, Traffic Police Officers in Ndola walk in traffic lanes to inspect vehicles, there is no warning on the road and one was nearly bashed the other day. What do you think? In your deliberations can you see to it that we have an expatriate Police IG, preferably nominated and paid by the Commonwealth. More over there are a lot of complaints on Police in Zambia now. By the way, were those terrorists who insulted and threatened Kambwili’s life arrested. That is a low hanging fruit for the Police because the terrorrists are visible and known

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  8. Biased partisan Constitution defacing NDF forum. Never heard of a forum for a Constitutional dialogue that has powers to summon people and expel them for their views. What kind of nonsense is this? The Constitution is being ripped apart by those with vested interests and intolerant of other views, while the citizenry watches.

    Whats with this ‘exclusive declaration of Zambia as a christian nation’? First of all, for all intents and purposes, Zambia is a pagan nation. Secondly, I have stated here before that there is absolutely no need for a religious clause in a secular legal document. This is one of the things that has caused strife and fire in many a nation – mixing religion and the state.

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  9. It is unprofessional as a member of a consultative process to divulge into details of what is being debated. The final result will be announced and ALL members of NDF are collectively applauded and responsible for the outcome, not individuals. So Kan’gombe erred and so I applaud the his expulsion. Maybe it was intentional but still the integrity of the NDF debate would be compromised.

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  10. I wonder how Zambians can keep skirting the education and educated as an issue of great importance to leadership! An educated president who is also blessed with wisdom will help the country achieve its goals and score gains advancing development this holds true if the team in government leadership has matching education. The discourse will be on teamwork terms yet with lesser education or just being dull and dumb singing praise to the leadership and supporting all that a president says is equated to good governance and working for the people. One running for the highest office or desiring to be in plot one would think twice if it were that the minimum requirement to be the people’s representatives is a college diploma and equivalent! The current status is one where the people’s…

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  11. Contd…… representatives are scared of the president and not the constituents while the president is scared of the general electorate he is threatening to his team of ministers, MP’s and managers of government and parastatal institutions! The current crop of millennials is education oriented going by the count aiming at and in possession of higher qualifications! Thus why keep denying them exclusive recognition?

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  12. All yes, we are a Christian nation. We need to look at the national anthem, as Christian we have to check and change some words which are against the Christian norms. Such words like ‘Proud’ God always resist the proud.

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